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We’ve talked about the pros and cons of keeping goats, but there are a few tips I can give you so you don’t have to learn some things by way of surprise. By knowing these things now, you won’t be shocked when they happen later. Here are a few things to keep in mind when you keep goats on your farm.

They Like To Have Company

I may have mentioned this before but I’ll tell you again: goats like to stay in herds so you should never keep a lone goat. Being with other goats allow them to feel safe and protected, even though there’s no real harm. Goats are fairly social animals so it can greatly affect their mental health when you decide to keep just one on the farm without any company.

They Get Distressed Easily

When you first bring them onto a farm, your goats will get distressed easily, even when you think that there’s no problem. That’s why you should make things as convenient for them as possible; place their food and water within reach and don’t keep any obstacles in the fence. Never bind them to a post because that can affect their health. Instead, stick to good fencing and let them roam free in it.

Be Careful With Billy Goats

When you see your Billy goats in a rut, you should be careful to leave them be since they’re very dangerous in such a situation. In addition, if you want to avoid a rut, you should think twice about keeping Billy goats on your farm in the first place. For breeding, you can always borrow bucks from neighboring farmers and communities when they’re needed.

Never Underestimate the Importance of Good Fencing

During the first couple of weeks, goats may appear as the most innocent creatures you’ve seen but this is far from the truth. They’re very active so they love to roam around and explore new areas. For this reason, I always tell farmers that you shouldn’t buy goats before you’ve built a proper fence that keeps them inside.

Make sure that it’s tall enough since they can easily jump over short fences and that it doesn’t have holes, goats have a strange ability to figure out how latches work. Because of this, they can open fence doors with their tongues. If you’re not sure how to set up proper fencing, don’t risk doing a DIY since goats can easily knock down weak fences. Instead, call in a professional to do it.

Your Goat Isn’t ‘Fat’

You shouldn’t cut down on your goat’s feed just because it appears to be pot-bellied. Goats are ruminants so a bigger rumen doesn’t necessarily mean they are getting fat, it could simply indicate good digestion. As long as they’re running and exercising well you shouldn’t be worried.

When you keep these things in mind, you’ll know how to react and prepare yourself for keeping goats on the farm. They are much easier to handle once you’ve experienced a couple of firsts, but I can’t guarantee that they won’t give you a hard time. Happy Farming!

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The Anti-Aging Diet: 5 Things You Should Know

Have you ever wondered why some of your friends appear to age better than others? As well as looking more youthful and having higher energy levels, some people appear to avoid illness as they grow older. The causes of aging are a complex mix of different factors. Some of these you can’t influence or control, but there are positive steps you can take to slow down the natural aging process. Improving your diet is now widely believed to be one of the safest and easiest ways to retain your youth.

Billions of dollars are spent every year on creams, injections and surgery in attempts to halt the process of aging. Changing your eating habits is a cheaper and more effective solution. Switching to an anti-aging diet can improve your moods and energy levels and make you feel stronger and leaner. Eating the right foods can help your cells and organs to function more effectively, and this can reduce wrinkles and excess body fat associated with aging. The following facts will help you to understand the key elements of anti-aging diets.

Sugar is one of your worst enemies.

Governments around the world are under pressure to introduce legislation to control the amount of sugar used in food production. A single can of soda can include more than your entire daily recommended intake. Excess sugar is a threat to health at any age, but it becomes even more serious as you enter your senior years. As well as significantly increasing the risk of diabetes, sugar can lead to heart disease and cancer. Cutting back on sugary foods, soda and processed foods is one of the foundations of an anti-aging diet.

Fresh fruit and vegetables combat aging.

Eating a mix of fresh fruit and vegetables is key to retaining your youth. Eating vegetables raw can bring the greatest benefits, but steaming or boiling also helps to retain the valuable nutrients. Berries, cherries, plums and grapes are particularly rich in natural chemicals that can fight diseases associated with aging. Broccoli, tomatoes, cauliflower and spinach should also feature in your diet as you grow older. If you really don’t enjoy eating fruit and vegetables, experiment with soups and smoothies to increase your daily intake.

Spices are better than most anti-aging pills.

Adding spices to your meals is an easy way to boost the anti-aging benefits. Ginger, turmeric and cinnamon all have proven benefits for health. Some studies suggest that life expectancy in Asian countries is improved by the fact that spices are used in cooking on a daily basis.

Controlling blood sugar slows the aging process.

Processed foods, sugar and some types of grain lead to increased blood sugar levels. This leads to release of insulin in the body, and can cause weight gain, inflammation of joints and loss of energy. Over the longer term, high blood sugar levels can lead to diabetes, strokes, heart disease and many other serious health problems. Eating healthy fats and foods rich in protein can help to maintain healthy blood sugar levels. As well as lean meat and fish, walnuts, almonds, avocados and lentils are great for keeping blood sugar stable.

Limiting and controlling inflammation is good for mind and body.

The full extent of problems caused by inflammation in the body has only come to light in the last few years. As well physical illnesses, inflammation is now thought to contribute to Alzheimer’s disease, depression and other mental illnesses. Inflammation is a slow process, but it’s accelerated by a poor diet. Processed foods containing chemicals and additives are known to increase inflammation.


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