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12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS
4 H FRETTER-ER
A BUCK GROWS UP
ADAPTING
AGAIN, THE SKY IS FALLING
ALL YOU NEED IS ... CARDBOARD
AMANNAMEDJED
AND THEN IT GOT COLD
AND THEN IT WARMED UP TO ZERO
ANGRY GOAT FARMER
ANTIQUE GOAT FARMING
ANYTHING BUT THAT
ARE BUCKS EVER BABIES
AROMA THERAPY
ARTFUL DODGERS
ARTIC FRONT
AUTUMN BOQUET
B U B - B U B - B U B
BABY BACK EXCUSE
BABY MONITORS
BACK TO NATURE
BAIT
BARKING AT GOATS
BARN SOUR TRUCK
BATTERIES NOT INCLUDED
BE HAPPY
BEAUTY MISTAKES
BEHAVIORS
BEHIND THE GATE
BIG 10-4 GOAT FARMER
BIKINI WEDNESDAYS
BILLBOARD GOAT FARMING
BILLIES & STICKWEEDS
BLIZZARD OF 92
BLONDE GOAT FARMER
BLONDE HUMOR
BOTTLE BABIES
BOTTLE BABY TALK
BOTTLE BABY WITHDRAWAL
BOXING SUNBEAMS
BRONCHITIS.
BRUISE OR DIRT
BUCK LOVE
BUCKETHEAD
BUCKS IN STOCK
CALLING YOOOOU
CAN'T TOUCH THIS
CANE I DO IT?
CARPAL TUNNEL HAY
CATCHING PEARL
CHICK CHICK CHICORY
CHOCOLATE PLUM
CHRISTMAS KIDDING
CHUCK
COLD IS OUR FRIEND NOT
COUGH DROP WORMER
COUNTING
CRUMPLED
CUD CHEWING CONTENTMENT
DAYCATIONS
DEAR FAVORITE RELATIVE
DELOUSED
DOES ANYBODY REALLY KNOW ...
DOES ON KIDDING
DOWNSIZING
DRAMA QUEEN
DRENCHED!
DRESS FOR SUCCESS
DUCT TAPE.
DUMPSTER RAIDERS
EARPUGS
EGG SHELL MASSACRE
EMMITT
EMPTY NEST SYNDROME
EQUIPMENT OPERATORS - DANCERS
ESCAPE ARTIST
ESCORT SERVICE
FALLING SKY
FARM WALK
FARMER C S I
FEEL LIKE A NUT
FIRST IMPRESSIONS
FIRST LINE OF DEFENSE
FIRST YOU TAKE YOUR SOCK
FLOATING MUSHROOMS
FORKS IN THE ROAD
FULL OF BULL
G G
GATE ATTACK !!!!
GIRL WATCHER
GLIDING
GLOBAL SUPPORT CENTER
GNAWED AND BASICALLY CHEWED
GOAT ADDICTION
GOAT CELEBRATIONS
GOAT FARMER SONG
GOAT FARMER WEIGHT TRAINING
GOAT FARMER'S CREED
GOAT FARMING CAMP
GOAT HOLIDAY GIFTS
GOAT HUNTING
GOAT KLEENEX
GOAT LANGUAGE
GOAT OLYMPICS
GOAT PROFILER
GOAT SCIENTIST
GOAT WHEELS
GOAT WRITER
GOATS RULE
GOOD GRIEF
GOT RUNS?
GOTTA WORK KIDS
GRAND CANYON OF CHILDRESS
GREAT KIDDERS
HAULING GOATS
HAVE MILK WILL TRAVEL
HAVEN'T GOT A CLUE
HAY MONITOR
HE-BE-GEE-BE'S
HELP! HELP! HELP!
HELP! I'M IN THE BATHTUB
HELPING HOOVES
HERD OF TURTLES
HERE COMES KIDDING TIME - A CHRISTMAS TUNE
HOBBLE, HOBBLE
HOLIDAY TRADITIONS (A GROANER)
HOME DECORATOR
HORNLESS
HOT CHOCOLATE
HOW TO BUY GOATS
HOW YOU FEELING?
HUGS
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HUNTING LUMBERJACKS
I APPROVE THIS MESSAGE
I FEEL PRETTY
I PREFER LONG EYE LASHES
I REALLY DO HAVE A HOME
I'LL HOLD HIM BACK
I'M A LITTLE TEAPOT
I'M STILL HERE?
INDIAN SUMMER
INNOCENT 1ST TIME KIDDERS
INTERNET AUCTIONS
INVESTMENTS
IRON WILL
IT TOOK TWO
JINGLE BELL GOATS
JOKE - GET A JOB!
JOYFUL
JUMPY LITTLE SNOWBIRD
JUST 1 MORE GOAT
KEYSTONE KOPS
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KID IN A BOX
KID SENSORY OVERLOAD
KIDMARES
KNUCKLE SANDWICHES
LADYLIKE BUCK SELLER
LAST BUCK STANDING
LEFT OVERS
LETTERS
LETTERS FROM THE FARM
M. D. GOAT
MAD AGGIE
MANIPULATE WHAT?
MASTER BLASTER
MAYBE THIS TIME
MEMBER ME
MIND CONTROL
MR. SNUFFY
MUSHROOM HUNTING
MUTTER MUTTER
NAMING GOATS
NANNY BERRIES ~ DEAR FAVORITE RELATIVE
NEW "KID" ... SHOWING
NEW HAY IN THE HOUSE
NEW KIDS.
NEW YEARíS RESOLUTIONS
NORMAL
OCTOBER KIDDING
ODE TO ODOR
OH, MY
OUCH
PANIC ATTACK!
PAW PAWS
PHILOSOPHY OF HYPOCRISY
PHONE CALLS
PHONE CLASS
PICK POCKETS
PIRANHA PEN
PLAYING DEAD
PLEASED AS PUNCH
PLEASING GOAT CUSTOMERS
PLOP
POOF POOF
PRACTICE PRACTICE PRACTICE
PRESENTS
PRISCILLA THE HUN
PRO WRESTLER OR PUPPY
PROFESSIONAL POO CHECKER
PSYCH ME OUT
PUTTING ON A SHOW
QUIPS & QUOTES
QUIPS-N-QUOTES II
REAP THE WILD WIND
RECORD KEEPING
REDNECK TANK TOP
REFEREE
REQUESTS
ROAD TRIP 2003
ROCK ON
ROLL'UM ROLL'UM
ROLLIN', ROLLIN', ROLLIN'
RUB DIRT ON IT
S-T-R-E-S-S
SANDWICHED
SAWDUST.
SCHEDULING
SCREAMING BANSHEES
SECRET AGENT
SHAGA GOOBLE SHAGA BLIP
SHANNIGANS & KID SLOBBERS
SHORT TIGHT STEPS & OTHER ODD EVENTS
SHOTS
SHOULD EVERYONE VOTE
SLEEP DEPRIVATION
SMART GOATS
SMUDGED
SNAP, CRACKLE, POP
SNATCHED BALD
SNEAKY
SONG OF THE FROG
SPIES, SECRET AGENTS, SPOOKS, AND OTHER GOATS
SSSNAKE
STAMPEDE!
STARGATE BOERS
STEAM-IRON SANDWICHES
STEP BY STEP
STICK IT WHERE
STOMPING ORANGE STRINGS
STUCK AGAIN
STUDENT ANALOGIES AND METAPHORS
STUPID IS...
SUNSHINE BOO BOO'S
SUPER HERO
SUPER SUCKERS
SUPPER AT SEVEN A.M.
SURVEY SAYS
SURVIVING KIDDING
SWASH - BUCKLING BUCKS
TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS
TALKING POCKETS
TATTOOING
THANK GOODNESS FOR MUD
THE $37.50 BUCK
THE 2003 DARWIN AWARDS
THE COWBOY WAY
THE DACHSHUND AND THE LEOPARD
THE DANGERS OF GUM BOOTS
THE FARM WOOKIE
THE FLYING GOATZANIES
THE FRAGRANCE OF HAY
THE GAME'S AFOOT
THE GOAT WHISPERER
THE MOB SQUAD
THE MORAL BUCK
THE PET CHICKEN
THE PIED PIPER
THE PLAN
THE SCARECROW GOAT SELLER
THE SMELL OF MONEY
THE TALKING GOAT
THE TARP ANNIHILATOR
THE THINKER
THE TICK
THE TRUTH ABOUT DOGS
THE V WORD
THE WINDY TAX
THE WORM HAS TURNED
THEN THE KNEE DOCTOR SAID
THIS END UP
THUMP, BANG, WHOOP, AND HOLLER
THURSDAY, THURSDAY
TIE THE ROPE TO THE HAMMER
TOO MUCH FENCE
TORNADO ALLEY
TORPEDOS AND TIDAL WAVES
TOSS THE BLOCK
TOY TRUCK
TRAINING HUMANS
TRUE LOVE
TWITCHY HANKEY
UGH DAYS
UNCLE ARTHUR
UNWITTINGLY
USING CAFFEINE WISELY
WALK LIKE A TURTLE
WALK ON THE WILD SIDE
WALK THIS WAY
WANNA BUY A GOAT (WINK, WINK, WINK)
WARNING LABLES
WAS THAT 65 OR 66?
WAS THAT CHRISTMAS?
WAS THAT THE WIND
WATER BUCKET TOAD
WAY TO THE HEART
WEANING WEANERS
WEE GOAT FARMERS
WELFARE GOATS
WHAT A DAY
WHAT DAY IS IT
WHAT'D YOU SAY?
WHATSTH THISTH
WHEN LIFE HANDS YOU VEGETABLES.
WHERE'S THE BRAKES
WHOOWEE
WIDE LOADS
WILD GOAT MILKING
WINTER LIST
WOE, DISPAIR...
WRONG.TURN!
YOU CALL HIM WHAT?
YOU COME HERE, NO, YOU COME HERE, NOÖ
ZAPPED!
DELOUSED

I firmly believe that we goat farmers need to take excellent care of our health and personal hygiene, because our goats depend on us. Who else is there to take care of them if we get sick? If you are one of the lucky ones with children who know how to take care of your goat herd, that is truly wonderful. What about your spouse, you ask. Well, if sickness works in your household like it does in ours, first one will get sick and soon the other follows. So, you are both sick and out there feeding and caring for the goats.

But, in one way, while caring for the goats, you are keeping yourself mostly healthy in the process. I, myself, am proud to say that I am totally lice free, because of the goats. I would almost bet that I am worm free too, all because of the goats. In the process of worming our goats and with all the sputtering and jumping about they can do, and with my tendency to keep my mouth open talking to them to soothe them down, I would say I almost know the taste and flavoring of every goat wormer and cattle wormer on the market. Goat sputtering spray happens while they are snorting to rid their mouth of wormer. And, no, people, SafeGuard does not taste like apples like they claim.

The other day I noticed a couple of the girls in the adult herd of 70 scratching. True, it could be they were just shedding their winter hair, but my motto is if anyone scratches, they get treated for lice. Keeps it under control that way. And, while I am at it, Iíll delouse everyone else, too.

Iíll use different things to delouse the goats and I always make sure that whatever I use is for both biting and sucking lice. No sense treating for the one lice and find you have to go back and do it again to get the other. If I use a pour on treatment, Iíll use Cylence or Eprinex. If I decide to go with a dust, Sevin 5 dust or Diatomaceous Earth (DE).

That day I decided to go with DE. Itís a wonderful fun dust, not hazardous to your health or I would have bit the dust, literally, years ago because I am going on my eleventh year of using it. The goats like it too, going around and licking it off each otherís backs. Sevin 5 dust you have to be a bit more cautious with because it is a poison, so l use only a light amount of dusting and I definitely do not dust it while the goats are eating their grain in case some might fall in their feed and they might ingest it, or if itís windy where I might inhale it. Each has itís place and if you over do the DE dusting, whether putting loads on each goat or doing it frequently, it can really dry out their hair, not to mention your hands. Thatís the way DE works on lice, scratches their hard shell and then dries them up and it also works great on slugs and those little snails that carry Deer Meningeal worm.

Anyway, I am out in the pasture with my bucket of DE and my pound coffee can with the holes drilled in the bottom, happily dusting away while the goats were grazing or snoozing. Of all things, a wind picks up, not a light frilly wind, but a pretty stiff breeze. Iím only half done and I know I wonít remember who all I dusted to finish up later with the ones Iíd missed, so I kept at it, waiting between gusts, keeping the dust can low over the goats backs to keep from making a cloud of DE all around us. And, I thought Iíd done a pretty good job of it and went on with the rest of my chores. That night I went into the house and happened to glance in the mirror. My hair stood thickly on end, coated heavily in DE. Good grief. Well, on the bright side, I have been deloused, though I must have looked quite odd to the folks driving on the main road as I worked outside.

Years ago, when goats started becoming the popular animal to have, the people who came to buy goats from me were an entirely different breed and their dress code was so different. They would have never run around the rest of the day looking like I did, even if you are only on the farm. My clothes being dusty from DE, hair standing stiffly to attention because of the dusting.

Way back then people would come to buy goats dressed fit to kill. Women would actually wear fancy little strapped sandals, painted toe nails, painted fingernails, short shorts, tight little low cut blouses, loaded with make-up and perfume. Men werenít much better, wearing fancy expensive jeans and very expensive tennis shoes, snazzy shirts cologned up their eyeballs, all muttering about the mud and poo and tall grass in the pastures they had to walk in and the goat hair they got on their clothes while loading their goats. And, I bet not a one of them had ever been deloused.

Now adays, the buyers who come to the farm are dressed totally different. They wear clean to semi-clean no nonsense jeans, shirts, boots and they would not have been a bit shocked to find me out working with dusty DE clothes and hair. Different people, some yes, but many are the ones who had been the fancy dudes and learned it was better to wear farm boots to work with goats, or at least tennis shoes that did not cost over a hundred dollars that could easily get ruined running through mud and poo.

And, more and more of us goat farmers are starting to realize the importance of our health, our personal hygiene in taking care of our goats. Because all they got is us to care and protect them. Besides, our accidental extra delousing and bit of dewormer of ourselves seems to fit in quite well with our health program.

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