Local Minnesota Goat News

Voyageur Press, the publisher of the new book EXTRAORDINARY GOATS is based in Minneapolis, MN, so we try to stay attuned to what’s happening locally in the goat world.  This came across our desk earlier today:

Shonyo Farm is pleased to announce that our Nubian doe, Jolly Time Daisy Duke, will be featured in a TV commercial for John Deere tractors. It was filmed yesterday and will air Aug – Oct during the Fox9 at 9:00 pm news and WCCO TV10:00 pm news and some other spots. I’ll post the schedule once I get it. I’ll try to get the commercial uploaded to our website also. The filming was fun and Daisy did a great job. The whole John Deere crew (MN Equipment Solutions) was so kind and made such an effort to ensure that Daisy was happy and safe throughout the filming. Of course the goat represents the “wrong” way to mow your lawn but, as they say, any publicity is good publicity. Yay for goats on TV!”


And we second that: “yay for goats on TV!”


Goat Vocabulary – from “Extraordinary Goats”

So you’re interested in goats, or maybe just got your first one.  Best to quickly learn goat vocabulary.  There is a language surrounding goat keeping and care.  Via the new book EXTRAORDINARY GOATS, here’s a list of commonly heard/used words

Billy (slang) or sire: A male goat used for breeding

Buck: A male goat.

Chèvre: Fresh cheese, made from goat milk.

Colostrum: The first milk produced by a newly
freshened doe. This is a thick yellow substance
full of antibodies and is essential to the newborn
kid’s survival. This first milk is produced for about
three days.

Doe: A female goat.
Fresh: A goat who is lactating is considered to be
fresh. A goat who has recently had a kid and come
into her milk is said to be freshened.

Kids: Young goats.

Nanny (slang) or dam: A goat mother.

Polling: Removing horns

Wether: A male goat that has been castrated



Extraordinary Goats: Meetings with Remarkable Goats, Caprine Wonders & Horned Troublemakers

Forget chickens, bunnies or any other farm animals—goats are hot!  Besides their growing popularity with hobby farmers, goats are everywhere, getting millions of views on You Tube, in the news, doing yard maintenance and more.  Its in that spirit Voyageur Press is publishing the new book, EXTRAORDINARY GOATS: MEETINGS WITH REMARKABLE GOATS, CAPRINE WONDERS & HORNED TROUBLEMAKERS, by Janet Hurst.

What a great looking book cover!

What a great looking book cover!


Humans have used the goat as a symbol for thousands of years and have given it a place in myth and legend; in recent times, images of goats are found everywhere from beer labels to heavy metal art. At the same time, the goat also remains a simple farm animal. From ancient myths to pop culture to profiles of domestic breeds; from music to sports to, yes, beer, Extraordinary Goats explores the many facets of the animal.   Goats are useful for their milk, their fur, and their meat, and many communities and airports employ goat herds for landscape management.  But besides productivity, goats have personality. They can be friendly, angry, pensive, cranky, or curious; they can be your best friend or a thorn in your side. They can drive you crazy and make you laugh—or cry.

Chapters on goats in music (check out the cover of The Beach Boys opus Pet Sounds: yes, that’s a goat.), sports (there’s a reason the Cubs haven’t had much success the last 60+ years), beer, movies, and even religion explore the impact goats have had.  There’s also recipes, info on goat breeds, fibers and much more.

Extraordinary Goats is chock full of historical illustrations and photos of goats doing what goats do: riding motorcycles, climbing trees, chewing, singing, and being adorably irascible.

Whether you own a goat, long wanted one or are just fascinated by videos of goats singing Taylor Swift songs and climbing towers, Extraordinary Goats is the book for you.


Extraordinary Goats – Our New, and Awesome Book on the Caprine Wonders!


And its an extraordinary book!  Author Janet Hurst and several contributors journey through the goat world and these remarkable animals.  From milk & cheese to art, sports and rock and roll, goats have been, and are, everywhere!

The book is full of historical illustrations and modern photos of goats doing what goats do – riding motorcycles, climbing trees, chewing, singing and being adorably irascible.  Whether you own goats or not, you’ll want this amazing book on your bookshelf.  Not only will it give you a lot of enjoyment, it will be a hit at dinner parties.  We guarantee it!*

You can pre-order the book now, right here – and its officially being published and will be available every where in August.

What a great looking cover!

What a great looking cover!




*not an actual guarantee, but it got you to scroll down here.

Frosty the Snowgoat and his Wheelchair!


This amazing story and video comes via Modern Farmer.  Its the story of Frosty the Snowgoat, a baby goat in Australia who’s little back legs don’t work so well due to a joint illness.  The condition leads to toxins in his body rendering his hind legs useless and he needs to stay mobile to flush the toxins out.

Enjoy and prepare to lose it right around 2:12 when the adorable little guy bleats in apparent happiness as he meanders around in his wheelchair!

Frosty the Snowgoat and Wheelchair

Say It Ain’t So: Don’t Say No to the Pismo Beach Surfing Goats!

Say It Ain’t So: Don’t Say No to the Pismo Beach Surfing Goats!

The famed surfing goats of Pismo Beach, CA could be facing eviction soon!

From the story:

While the goats are actually allowed on the beach itself, they’re not permitted to live in town. As a result, Dana McGregor, owner of the gnarly nanny and her two kids, has recently received four $400 tickets for keeping goats within city limits, KSBY reports.

That’s the bigger issue – and one that the city council is trying to rectify – allowing goats within the city limits.  They are currently considering a rule that will let people with smaller plots of land get a permit to own goats.


Great photo and great video via the Huffington Post


Pippi update


Follow the story of Pippi, a sweet goat at the Ruit Farm. Follow their blog for more Pippi and raising goats

Originally posted on Ruit Farm Web Journal:

Pippi standing over her babies, eating her hay this evening

Pippi standing over her babies, eating her hay this evening

Sweet Pippi. Well, she’s at least eating her hay. She is still just eating part of her grain. Luckily she doesn’t pick out the alfalfa pellets (which have loads of calcium). I always feed the alfalfa pellets starting about a month before kidding, and keep them going as long as I am milking. I don’t think that I was giving the girls enough of them, but at least Pippi is eating. I have pumped her full of calcium gluconate, and I think that we are going to give her one more treatment in the morning, along with her daily vitamin B shot, and then let her and the babies out. I am beginning to think that she needs some exercise and a little more freedom will possibly increase her appetite.  I weighed her babies tonight and found that her little girl…

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