Gifts for Goat People! Day 26: Heifer Project International

“Giving an animal is like giving someone a small business, providing wool, milk, eggs and more. Animals can provide families a hand up, increasing access to medicine, school, food and a sustainable livelihood.”

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I saved one of my favorite goat gifts for last, because you can purchase it and email it to your friend ON Christmas if you want!  (I say this from experience, as I do this almost every year!  Oh, procrastination).

As goat owners / lovers, we appreciate everything they can offer – meat, milk, fiber, companionship, and with some effort, cheese, yogurt, kefir, butter, fudge, ice cream, caramel – you name it!  The bounty of goats is plentiful, hence the cornucopia.  Through Heifer Project International, you can share goats with people across the globe, in honor of your friends.  HPI’s mission (http://www.heifer.org/ending-hunger/) is to end poverty and hunger by equipping people with the tools, education and livestock to help themselves and help their community.  Check out these articles on the success of HPI with goats:

http://www.heifer.org/join-the-conversation/blog/2013/November/not-just-a-goat.html

http://www.heifer.org/join-the-conversation/magazine/2013/holiday/advancing-goat-by-goat.html

For $120 you can send a goat to a family in need or simply purchase a $10 share of a goat.  Fill out HPI’s online form with your friend’s contact information and they will receive a cute e-card thanking them for the donation.  Though $120 is a lot to spend on 1 person (for me at least), every year I buy $10 shares for several different friends, knowing that at least one goat is making its way across the world to rescue a family from poverty.  Give your friends a warm fuzzy feeling this holiday by making this charitable donation in their name!

Here is the link to donate a goat, or a share: http://www.heifer.org/gift-catalog/animals-nutrition/gift-of-a-goat-donation.html

If you want to make a more substantial donation, consider the Milk Menagerie (2 goats, 1 water buffalo & 1 heifer) or the Cheeses of the World Gift Basket (1 goat, 1 sheep, 1 water buffalo, 1 heifer)

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That concludes my Gifts for Goat People series!  Thank you for taking the time to read my blog and for sharing it with your friends.  I hope you all have a wonderful holiday season filled with love and joy!  Merry Christmas everyone!

Gifts for Goat People! Day 25: Homemade Treats!

Get your kids and your kids in the kitchen and make some goat milk goodies for your friends for the holidays!  You can find hundreds of tasty goat milk recipes online, but here are some that caught my eye.  And don’t forget- you can always replace cow’s milk with goat’s milk in your favorite holiday recipes!

Fruit & Spice Cake

Chevre Cheesecake

Praline & Goat Cheese Cheesecake

Famous Chocolate Fudge

Fudge Pecan Pie

Egg Nog with a Twist

Chocolate Chevre Truffles

Goat’s Milk Creme Caramels

Cajeta (Caramel) and Out of This World Cajeta Cupcakes

Pumpkin Cupcakes with Goat Cheese Frosting

Spiced Apple Carrot Cake with Goat Cheese Frosting

Plum & Goat Cheese Terrine with Gingersnap Crust

What are your favorite Goat’s Milk Recipes?  Leave them in the comments below!

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Gifts for Goat People! Day 24: Volunteer!

“For attractive lips, speak words of kindness. For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people. For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry. For beautiful hair, let a child run their fingers through it once a day. For poise, walk with the knowledge that you never walk alone.  People, more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed. Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, you will find one at the end of each of your arms. As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself and the other for helping others.” – Sam Levenson

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One of the most thoughtful and welcomed gifts this holiday season is a helping hand!  Best of all – you don’t have to stand in a long line at Macy’s or spend a single dollar.  As goat owners, we know that the daily routine is strenuous, and sometimes you just need a break!  This season give your goat owning friends COUPONS!  You can lighten the load in so many ways:

- Milking

- Feeding kids

- Cleaning Pens / Barns

- Hauling Hay / Grain

- Trimming Hooves

- Clipping

- Tattooing

- Dehorning

- Going to dinner after a goat show

Get creative!  Be artistic!  I’m sure your friend will appreciate your help more than any material item you could buy them.

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Gifts for Goat People! Day 23: Goat First Aid

1Every goat owner should have a basic first aid kit to help their goats when they’re in trouble!

Give the gift of health this holiday season with a premade first aid kit, or assemble your own!  Most of the basic supplies listed below can be found locally, which is what makes it a great last-minute gift!

Here is a list of Goat First Aid Kit suggestions from Veterinarian Joan Bowen:

In a labeled storage container of appropriate size – to keep items clean and in a known place:
A thermometer
Simple bandage materials: gauze squares, roll gauze, stretch tape, duct tape
Wooden paint sticks for splints
Scissors
Tweezers
A stethoscope (if you know how to use it)
Disposable gloves
Sterile syringes and needles in a variety of sizes
British capsule forceps
Small sealable plastic bags for samples
CMT solution and CMT paddle
Alcohol swabs

Medicine to be kept at room temperature:
Therabloat
Oral calcium carbonate
OB lube
Probiotic boluses or paste
Concentrated B complex
Nutri-Drench
Tame iodine solution, tame iodine scrub
7% strong iodine solution, navel dip container
Spray disinfectant spray such as 0.15% benzalconium chloride
70% alcohol with childproof cap
Topical lice product such as 1% permethrin with 1% piperonyl butoxide

Keep in the Refrigerator:
Procaine penicillin G (300,000 iu/ml)
Epinephrine
Clostridium perfringens types C&D antitoxin

Joan adds: “Please note that I don’t recommend too many drugs be kept on hand.  Almost all drugs have expiration dates and most goats remain healthy in good management.  One could have a lot of products on hand, but the expense for those drugs would probably exceed what one would have to pay a veterinarian to examine and treat the unusual animal that actually gets sick.”

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Gifts for Goat People! Day 21: Clean Up

For all you knitters out there here’s a great last-minute goat owner gift – knitted washcloths!  My mother makes simple cotton knitted washcloths and uses them for everything – washing milking supplies, washing udders before milking, washing dishes – you name it.  If you’re crunched for time but have a ball of cotton yarn (cotton instead of a synthetic fiber because it is inexpensive but very absorbent), consider making a few knitted washcloths for your friends!  Handmade is always better :)

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Gifts for Goat People! Day 20: Good Reads!

Screen Shot 2013-12-04 at 3.50.29 PMOne of my favorite things to do over the holidays is curl up with a good book.  So why not a goat book?  All of the goat books listed below are available through Amazon.com, meaning you can order them today and get them by Christmas.

Goat: Meat, Milk, Cheese – By Bruce Weinstein

[From Amazon:] From appearances at the most high-end restaurants to street food carts coast-to-coast, goat meat and dairy products are being embraced across the country as the next big thing. With its excellent flavor, wide-ranging versatility, and numerous health benefits, goat meat, milk, and cheese are being sought by home cooks. And while goat is the world’s primary meat (upwards of 70 percent of the red meat eaten around the world is goat) never before has there been a cookbook on this topic in the United States. Goat is a no-holds-barred goatapedia, laugh-out-loud cooking class, cheesemaking workshop, and dairy-milking expedition all in one. With recipes such as Pan-Roasted Chops with Blackberries and Sage, Meatballs with Artichokes and Fennel, and Chocolate-Dipped Goat Cheese Balls, this book is sure to become the resource for this new frontier

Goat Song: A Seasonal Life, A Short History of Herding and the Art of Making Cheese – By Brad Kessler

[From Amazon:] Goat Song is the story of a year in the life of a couple who abandoned their one-bedroom apartment in New York City to live on seventy-five acres in Vermont and raise Nubian goats. In poetic, reverent detail, Brad Kessler explores our ancient relationship to the land and our gradual alienation from the animals that feed us. His fascinating account traces his journey of choosing the goats and learning how to breed, milk, and care for them. As Kessler begins to live the life of a herder, he encounters the pastoral roots of so many aspects of Western culture—how our diet, our alphabet, our religions, poetry, and economy all grew out of a pastoralist setting, a life lived among hoofed animals.

The Year of the Goat: 40,000 Miles and the Quest for the Perfect Cheese – By Margaret Hathaway and Karl Schatz

[From Amazon:] From Maine to Arizona, and back again, Margaret and Karl and their dog, Godfrey, travel across America in search of green pastures, simple tradition, and the perfect goat cheese.

What are your favorite goat books?  Leave them in the comments below.

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Gifts for Goat People! Day 19: For Your Veterinarian!

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A common complaint of goat owners is that it’s hard to find a GOAT vet!  There are plenty of horse vets and cat vets and dog vets but it seems that a lot of people just don’t know anything about goats.  Get together with some friends and buy your local veterinarian a membership to the American Association of Small Ruminant Practitioners.  For $105 a year, your veterinarian will have access to the AASRP interactive email list, newsletters and continuing education.  Next time you have a goat health crisis, I can guarantee they will better be able to solve it!

P.S.  If you don’t have a vet, or you’re looking for one who knows more about goats, check out AASRP’s Find a Vet database here: http://aasrp.org/displaycommon.cfm?an=1&subarticlenbr=15

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Gifts for Goat People! Day 18: For Your Office!

Show your goat pride at the office with goat-themed office gifts!  Everyone needs a calendar – and I found several great ones online!

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And here is my favorite goat office item I’ve found: Goat Paperclips!!!  http://amzn.com/B009CQF34Q

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Gifts for Goat People! Day 17: Stocking Stuffers

Parents, look no further than this blog post for the definitive guide on stocking stuffers for goat lovers!  Click on each suggestion below to a link and please leave comments with your own suggestions for goat themed stocking stuffers!

caramelsHere we go, stocking stuffers for anyone: cheese knives, goat milk soap, caramels, fudge, goat toys or ornaments, goat chopsticks, goat bumper stickers, goat cookie cutters, and rubber stamps.

If you’re looking for practical stocking stuffers for goat OWNERS, how about a weight tape, brush, show sheen (or white touch up for Saanen owners), or clipper lube?  How about some disposable cameras to take pictures at the show?  For kidding season, get some pritchard nipples, pop bottle nipples, or a bottle brush to clean up.What are YOUR goat stocking stuffer suggestions?  Leave them in the comments below :)

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