- How do you transport your goats?
- Tips for Bringing New Goats Home
- Transport and Care of Sheep and Goats
- Hog/Goat Trailers
- Pens & Transport
How do you transport your goats?So you have decided to buy a few goats to start a herd of your own and now you must decide on the best way to get them home. Well, there are many different choices out there. I think the best choice is to transport your new goats yourself, however, that is not always feasible. It may also be a possibility that the person you are purchasing your goats from would willing to meet you somewhere for a small fee. Ground shipping and Air shipping are also possibilities. Your choices will depend on the area in which you are shipping to and from. Other choices will depend on the type and size of goat that you are shipping. Still other choices will depend on the weather. Some breeders will ship via air transport. You will have to purchase an approved airline carrier for your goat. There may be a limit on how many goats are allowed per carrier. Generally two babies will be able to ride together. Many airlines will only transport animals during certain times of the year so be sure to check their policies first. Other breeders prefer to ground ship their goats. This means that you will need a shipping company. There are several companies out there. Some ship only small livestock while others ship almost anything. Get references if at all possible before you ship anywhere. Make sure that the shipper knows how to care for a goat. Try to ensure that the goat will not be in transit any longer than necessary. Have you ever heard of a goat train? A goat train is commonly used to ship goats. It is not your typical train. A goat train involves several breeders, all making short pieces of the trip. Then another breeder will pick up your goats because they are coming in your direction, maybe to a show. The show may be the meeting place that you can receive your new goats. Get to know breeders in your area, as well as other areas so that you can be aware of any goat trains coming your direction. No matter which way you decide to get your new goats home, you will need to think of which type of carrier you will bring it home in. They make many different types of carriers and crates in all descriptions and sizes. Many people use a horse trailer or a stock trailer. Both will work nicely. Make sure that the floor is in good shape and all the doors can be secured. Most trailers will have a roof to protect against rain and sun. Make sure the trailer is ventilated. Of course, check your lights before you leave home.
Tips for Bringing New Goats Home
Transport and Care of Sheep and Goats
If you purchase your goats from a breeder who lives across the country, the breeder is responsible for getting the goats to a shipper, and all you have to do is find out where to pick them up. If you bought the goats from a neighbor and they are trained to lead, just put them on leashes and lead them home. Pet carriers or crates with straw or wood shavings for bedding. On the towel-covered lap of a passenger. A horse trailer or another trailer with fencing or cattle panels to make it high enough to prevent escape. Cover an open trailer in extreme weather conditions to protect the goats from rain and wind. Regardless of how you transport your new goats, to make the trip as stress-free as possible, do the following:. If your trip will take many hours or days, provide the goats with hay during the trip and stop every 3 to 4 hours to let them eat, drink, and regain their equilibrium. You just get them situated in their new digs. Cheryl K. Smith has raised a small herd of dairy goats under the herd name Mystic Acres since She writes a blog ruminationsongoats. Tips for Bringing New Goats Home. About the Book Author Cheryl K.
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