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    Default Ramble with a string of goats

    Hauling in a week's worth of gear the easy way. Easy for us. The goats begged to differ.

    Part I

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eCFvUt0XZso

    Part 2
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HxoxSM3DWGs
    Last edited by Patrick; 02-23-2010 at 12:15 PM. Reason: add video

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    Default Re: Ramble with a string of goats

    Looks like a great trip. Sure wish I could have been there. I've packed in with horses and with burros but never goats. The goats do seem to be very agile in snaking around the obstructions.

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    Default Re: Ramble with a string of goats

    Any concerns with packing goats into sheep habitat? I couldnt do it but maybe there are no sheep there, sure is a beautiful spot. Im seeing more guys with goats around here, sort of makes me nervous.
    Ah, nice marmot!

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    Default Re: Ramble with a string of goats

    Hi - please note that Part 2 has been uploaded.
    Patrick

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    Default Re: Ramble with a string of goats

    Great videos of a wonderful trip. Thanks for making me jealous.

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    Thumbs up Re: Ramble with a string of goats

    Amazing watching the goats navigating the rocks, which prompted my wife to ask if they all made it home or did you enjoy a bit of supplemental protean? Well done!

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    Default Re: Ramble with a string of goats

    Hi fellows,

    Maggie is still putting segments of this trip up; she's been coming on and announcing them, piecemeal, and signing off as me. This is really me this time.

    There are still some more elements coming, so check back a time or two.

    The trip was in July of '09. Herb, Sawtooth and myself as the people. Herb's goats. He's a commercial breeder. I hope he'll come on here and provide his email address for the goats, and answer any questions about goat specifics (such as Whitepalm's).

    Lastly, flamingo, we have done a lot of Goat Packing--Herb and myself, and Sawtooth too. Yes, the subject of food on the hoof, if necessary, has been discussed. Milkers too. In short, many thorough Rambling discussions about goats as transport and food. Endless Ramble sorts of discussions, if you will.

    But this time all the little rascals made it home! <grin>

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    Default Re: Ramble with a string of goats

    Certain strains of Pasturella are the concern, are goats carriers and a risk, testing continues. Goats have been a pretty "minor" species, so not as much research has been done, compared to cattle and sheep. Domestic sheep are well known carriers and goats are often wrongly lumped into the same catagory as sheep. Pasturella spreads by contact of nasal fluids, so they're going to have to touch noses or sneeze on each other, and I just don't see that happening. Early testing indicates there's little risk of transmition from goats, but myself and many others would be happy to have a more definitive answer.

    Here's a couple links on the subject:

    http://www.napga.org/links.asp?PageI...ID=228&menuID=

    http://www.napga.org/links.asp?PageI...ID=229&menuID=


    As with any packstock, be sure they're healthy and work to minimize their impact. The increase of meat goats and goats being used for brush control is increasing the awareness of goats as their own species, and not just lumped with sheep. I'd expect expanded research as their presence grows.
    Herb

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    Default Re: Ramble with a string of goats

    Interesting.
    I never thought of goats as work animals but after watching them in the vid there pretty amazing. It looks like you didn't have to pack in any feed for them either????
    Also, they can carry 50lbs????

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    Default Re: Ramble with a string of goats

    Thanks Herb for posting the links. I know around here there are more concerns regarding Dalls and their lack of contact with domestic livestock. I think our sheep are more susceptible because of it.
    Last edited by Whitepalm; 02-23-2010 at 07:24 PM.
    Ah, nice marmot!

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