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

Heidi Lathrem, MA: Homesteading/Farm & Video Games
Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(584)
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

Class experience

US Grade 9 - 12
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 Offered
Session 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
Assessments Offered
Grades Offered
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

Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(584)
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... 
Flex Class


weekly or $45 for 4 weeks
4 weeks

Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(2)
Completed by 7 learners
No live video meetings
Ages 14-18

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