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a makeshift incubator (a cardboard box and a blow dryer) and I left him while we went to take care of some others. A few hours later he was yelling for food and we weren’t even sure he would make it. He is a bottle baby now, his name is Oscar and he’s outgrown everyone. He is Kiko tough!


Some of our biggest challenges of raising goats have been the


weather, parasites and fencing. The last two years have been so wet and most of our pastures are low so they stay pretty wet, which comes with lots of problems with feet and parasites. We either don’t have time or it is too wet to do fencing, but we’re hoping to get some done this spring.


My husband has discovered high-tensile wire is the best and we’ve had lots of success with it. Parasites are worse when it stays wet. We think we have them beat and they hit again. When you can’t rotate your goats because of the wet pastures, I am thankful for the Kikos that have high tolerance. We are starting to see more of this in our herd now with culling and good breeding.


Our kidding season is coming to an end with 109 live births. Just a few left to kid and the weather hopefully will get better and the forage will be good this year. We have lots of fencing to do and lots more to learn. With all this quarantine time and social distancing, we’ve been busy here on the farm with our goats and haven’t had time to think about the COVID 19 virus. I’m thankful I live on a farm and I am thankful for a husband who tolerates my obsession with goats. If you ever want to talk about goats or share information about what you know I’m willing.


(Vicki and David Watson operate Watson Farm Kikos. They can be contacted at pastorlady@gmail.com.)


May 2020 | Goat Rancher


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