may help eliminate the monkey-faced berries that sometimes show up with the year's earliest crop.
6: Schedule your disbudding
, trimming hair and hooves, castration, worming, tattooing, and dipping for external parasites for after full moon, but before new moon.
They are spray chrysants, which means they don't need disbudding
to produce a single flower, and apart from stopping - taking out the growing tip - after planting they can be left to their own devices.
This, called disbudding
, will force the energy that would have gone into creating a spectacular center blossom into the smaller surrounding blossoms, boosting their color and size.
The Organic Health Standard also requires that physical alterations--such as tattooing or other identification, disbudding
and castration--be done only in a way that promotes the welfare of the goat and minimizes pain and stress.
18: If you have goats, now is the time to be building kidding boxes and a holding box for disbudding
kids, time for completing fall vaccinations and for trimming feet.
I really highly recommend disbudding
for dairy bucks.
But please tell folks to descent buck kids when they are disbudding
Goats: make disbudding
box, 91/2:68; feeding & care of kids, 91/3:52; kid diapers for outings, 91/3:54; make portable milk stand, 91/3:55; renting out as weed eaters, 91/4:23
kids is one job goat owners don't relish, but it needs to be done to protect the herdsman from some nasty butting.
As the major kidding time of 2006 approaches, have all your supplies on hand: heat lamp, blankets, disbudding
boxes, nipple waterers, iodine or other disinfectant to treat the navel cord of new kids.