Practical Homesteading: Beyond Kidding: Dairy Goat Breeding, Birthing & Milking (14-18 FLEX)
Heidi Lathrem, MA: Homesteading/Farm & Video Games
Detailed 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) #academic
US Grade 9 - 12
This four-session course discusses the steps necessary to get to milk production in a goat; from breed selection, to mating, to preparing for new arrivals, to kidding, newborn care, and milking. This course is full of factual information presented orally and visually, coupled with illustrative pictures from my own herd and many others to show a variety of situations and setups for dairy goat farming, featuring videos coupled with PowerPoint-style presentation. Supplemental materials include...
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.
Homework OfferedSession One: Post a description either your existing goat herd or ideal herd in the classroom. Include breeds you have or would use and your reasoning behind your choices. Session Two: Post a description of your own birthing kit and talk about your birthing preparations, watch kidding video (25m) Session three: Post your reactions to the birthing video in the classroom, talk about any experiences you may have with live births Session four: Do the experiment on your own and post your reaction and any reflections you have on the class
1 - 2 hours per week outside of class
For final experiment, students will need a single disposable glove.
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
****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.**
Meet the teacher
Bringing the practical to the digital. Hello. My name is Heidi. I've been homesteading for two decades, and homeschooling as long as I've had a school-age kid. I think that learning happens both intentionally and experientially, and there is...
$12weekly or $45 for 4 weeks
Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(2)
Completed by 7 learners
No live video meetings