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Dr Cara Sammons-Shepard, DVM is a practicing veterinarian in Maine and New Hampshire, and when on the road, the majority of her patients are goats. She and her husband have owned and operated a commercial farmstead creamery since 2009. In this podcast, Dr Shepard discusses different topics related to goat medicine and husbandry. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
 
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The first in a series of episodes talking about milk and mammaries. Not quite sure how many episodes it will take to get through all the stuff I want to talk about. As usual, I think it's useful to talk about basic stuff, so in this episode, milk is defined, I talk about what all is actually in there, and get into the casein thing a bit. See acast.…
 
I joined Devin on the road for his deliveries so we could record the last part of So You Think You Want Goats: Why You Absolutely Should Not Get Goats. A little bit tongue in cheek, but we discuss a couple of major reasons why you should consider NOT getting goats if you're on the fence. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.…
 
For Part 2B of our series- So You Think You Want Goats, I'm going to continue the nutrition discussion, now switching gears to grain and additives or supplements that may be already added to prepared grain, or ones you may add yourself. What is a "medicated" feed? Should we be feeding grain with ammonium chloride? Should we be feeding grain at all?…
 
So you still think you want goats? You're going to end up a crazy person like me who can go off on an almost-full-podcast-length talk about differences in cuts of hay. Part 2 of So You Think You Want Goats is focused on hay- cuts of hay and the differences between them, practicalities of feeding your goats hay, important considerations for providin…
 
So you think you want goats? Another multi-part series comin' at ya. For this first episode, we're going to talk about lifestyle changes that should be considered before getting goats, and basics for goat housing and fencing. Future topics to include: feed, preventative care routines, and Why you should NOT want goats! ;) Shoot me an email at goatd…
 
Herd Immunity. I bet you didn't hear this term very often until the past 2-3 months and now it's almost a media buzzword. These kinds of things get tossed around and lots of times, people think they know what it means, and they don't *actually* quite get it. In this episode I talk about the concept of herd immunity, what it means, talk about it in …
 
This episode was a little slow in the making- sorry! I needed a couple of tries to gather my thoughts and figure out the best way to approach the topic. Your goats' hooves are their foundation and very important to their longevity and mobility! Lots of comparative anatomy discussion in this episode to try to help explain what all is going on in goa…
 
In this episode, I discuss how we manage our goat kids during the first 1-3 days of their lives, what we do immediately after birth, the MOST IMPORTANT 2 THINGS to do with your neonatal kids, and talk about a few things that people tend to want to do with goat kids, that mostly don't do anything to help the goat kids. See acast.com/privacy for priv…
 
Kidding season is upon us. By request, this episode recaps some of my thoughts about kidding, when to intervene in a delivery, what things I get excited about, and what things I don't get excited about. For more kidding info, also make sure to check out Episode 19: Care of the Pregnant Doe, Episode 21: The Periparturient Doe, and Episode 23: Ode to…
 
Join me as I geek out about the physiology of pregnancy toxemia. This small ruminant metabolic disorder of late pregnancy is characterized by a negative energy balance- the doe can't take in enough energy to meet her needs and the energy needs of her growing babies. What all is happening there from a physiological standpoint, what do these does loo…
 
Wrapping up the series about GI parasite management in goats! You made it this far, and this last episode talks a little bit about why I recommend the things I recommend and talk about the things that I don't think do anything but seem to be very popular recommendations on the internet. After this episode, I will be taking a bit of a short break to…
 
Part III of the GI Parasites in Goats series. If you haven't listened to Parts I and II, go back and have a listen because there is some info there that will make this episode more useful. In this episode, I talk about strategies for parasite MANAGEMENT in goats and small ruminants. Developing a parasite management plan and utilizing strategies to …
 
Part II of our series on gastrointestinal parasites in goats. It's time to talk about the things we have in our arsenal that we can use to keep parasite numbers in check. If you missed Part I, go back one episode and have a listen to get to know the enemies. In this episode, I'm going to break down the families of anthelminthic drugs ("chemical" de…
 
Many people have asked, and here it comes- Gastrointestinal Parasites in Goats. This episode is Part 1 of what is planned to be a 4 part series, and we are going to get to know the enemy. In order to have a plan to manage GI parasites, it is vital to know which ones you're dealing with and know about their life cycles and survival strategies. In th…
 
Making up for missing a week with an extra long episode talking about our stinky boys- the bucks! I looooove my bucks. In this episode I talk about keeping bucks and focus on reproductive aspects of health and selection of breeding animals and about the goal to #buildabettergoat. We're going to talk about a lot of reproductive organs and this episo…
 
The final part of my series talking about pain awareness for September's Animal Pain Awareness Month, and I'm getting into a kind of nebulous discussion about the legal differences in how different countries regulate animal welfare, which can have to do with how we are aware of pain in animals, especially our livestock species. The United States, w…
 
So... I can apparently talk about pain and what we can do about pain in animals for a few minutes... This episode is Part 2 of what looks like is going to be a 3 parter for Animal Pain Awareness Month. In this episode, I largely focus on what we've got in our human medical bag to combat pain in our non-human species. As with the first pain awarenes…
 
September is Animal Pain Awareness month! Animal Pain Awareness Month was established by the IVAPM (International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management) to coincide with the human medicine Pain Awareness Month, with the goal of educating animal owners about the signs of pain and what we can do to help our animal companions have an improved quality …
 
As previously mentioned, this is going to be one of those episodes where I'm going to talk about what all has been going on on our farm for the past year. This episode was originally recorded on July 17, 2019, so it's a bit back dated, and I recorded this on the day that we found out about the financing for the purchase of the new farm. See acast.c…
 
This episode is dedicated to the amazing organ that our goats, cows, sheep and other ruminants are named for - the rumen. In this episode, I break down, what all is going on in goat guts, why ruminants are so special, and the general anatomy and physiology of the ruminant. The rumen is AMAZING. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out informat…
 
Listener questions have been coming in and I haven't had time to site down at my computer to answer them! This Episode is Part 1 of listener questions going back to March... eeek... sorry guys! Topics in this episode- goat vision/visual acuity, barn/stall bedding and cleaning, sedating goats for things, fecal floats. Come on back for part 2 in a fe…
 
This episode is a little bit of a departure from your normal goat owner oriented topic and delves into the problem of feral goats in several locations in particular in the world. Check out the show notes at www.goatdoc.com for links to the other podcasts and other things I refer to in this episode. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out info…
 
Episode 27 marks the One Year Anniversary of Goat Talk with the Goat Doc! Thanks everyone for listening and your feedback and interaction with me on this project! This episode is a topic that I've been mulling over in my head for a while: What Things I Think That Goat Owners Should Have on Hand. I've probably missed some things, but shoot me an ema…
 
For National Dairy Goat Awareness Week 2019, I hijacked my husband Devin (herd manager, cheesemaker and all around driving force behind our farm, Flying Goat Farm), and had him sit down with me to record some mini episodes to answer your dairy goat related questions from instagram! We are wrapping up our week of mini podcast episodes today with our…
 
For National Dairy Goat Awareness Week 2019, I hijacked my husband Devin (herd manager, cheesemaker and all around driving force behind our farm, Flying Goat Farm), and had him sit down with me to record some mini episodes to answer your dairy goat related questions from instagram! We had a request today to talk more about raw milk, so in this mini…
 
For National Dairy Goat Awareness Week 2019, I hijacked my husband Devin (herd manager, cheesemaker and all around driving force behind our farm, Flying Goat Farm), and had him sit down with me to record some mini episodes to answer your dairy goat related questions from instagram! Today's minis ode answers several questions that are not related to…
 
For National Dairy Goat Awareness Week 2019, I hijacked my husband Devin (herd manager, cheesemaker and all around driving force behind our farm, Flying Goat Farm), and had him sit down with me to record some mini episodes to answer your dairy goat related questions from instagram! Today's question was to address organic vs conventional dairy farmi…
 
Halfway through National Dairy Goat Awareness Week 2019! In this mini-sode we talk about the goat dairy industry in general and in Maine specifically. For National Dairy Goat Awareness Week 2019, I hijacked my husband Devin (herd manager, cheesemaker and all around driving force behind our farm, Flying Goat Farm), and had him sit down with me to re…
 
We're in the truck for Mini Episode #3 and talking about copper, minerals and kelp! For National Dairy Goat Awareness Week 2019, I hijacked my husband Devin (herd manager, cheesemaker and all around driving force behind our farm, Flying Goat Farm), and had him sit down with me to record some mini episodes to answer your dairy goat related questions…
 
National Dairy Goat Awareness Week 2019 Mini Episode 2! Resources for getting started with dairy goats and our favorite things for udder prep. Enjoy listening to an old married couple discuss one of our favorite topics - Goats! For National Dairy Goat Awareness Week 2019, I hijacked my husband Devin (herd manager, cheesemaker and all around driving…
 
For National Dairy Goat Awareness Week 2019, I hijacked my husband Devin (herd manager, cheesemaker and all around driving force behind our farm, Flying Goat Farm), and had him sit down with me to record some mini episodes to answer your dairy goat related questions from instagram! In this mini-sode, we talk about our favorite dairy goat breeds. We…
 
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