Science & Nature

Practical Homesteading: Beyond Kidding: Dairy Goat Breeding, Birthing and Milking (14-18)

This course details herd planning, breeding, kidding, newborn care, and milk production. Great if you have/want goats or are considering being a veterinarian or veterinary science. Includes actual birth! (Zoology, Animals, Biology, Farm)
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50 minutes

per class

Once per week

over 4 weeks


year olds


learners per class

per learner - per class

How does aMulti-Daycourse work?

Meets multiple times at scheduled times
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great for engaging projects and interacting with diverse classmates from other states and countries

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Class Experience

Students will learn the basics to prepare them for responsible herd planning and goat husbandry, as well as expose them to some realities of goat kidding in a safe and non-urgent environment.
I am not a veterinarian, but worked for years as a veterinary assistant. Additionally, I have attended several goat births (and narrowly missed a few) on our own farm. My family has a small goat herd with new kids born every year. We have a small business making and selling soap with our extra goat milk.
Session One: Talk about your goat herd or put together your ideal herd. Include breeds you have or would use and your reasoning behind your choices.

Session Two: Design your own birthing kit and talk about your birthing preparations, watch kidding video (25m)

Session three: Post video reactions to classroom, talk about any experiences you may have with live births

Session four: Home experiment and reflection questions
For final experiment, students will need a single disposable glove.
50 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.
****Parental advisory: This class talks about sexual reproduction of goats and includes a (brief, wide-shot) video of goats mating and a (graphic, close up) video of a goat laboring and giving birth. Discretion is advised.****

**I am not a veterinarian and information contained in this course is designed for general informational purposes only. For specific medical advice or in the event of a goat emergency, please consult a veterinarian.**


Heidi Lathrem, MA: Homesteading/Farm & Video Games
Lives in the United States
Linguist, online teaching veteran, homeschool mom, gamer, and duck farmer
504 total reviews
736 completed classes

About Me

Bringing the practical to the digital.

Hello. My name is Heidi. I've been teaching for more than ten years, with extensive experience both in the classroom and online platforms, with students ranging from kindergarten through grad school. 

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