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Differences Between Elk, Reindeer, Moose, and Caribou

The deer family contains about 43 species of similar ruminants with antlers. Most people get them confused, especially, the bigger members of that species. So, what are the differences between elk, reindeer, moose, and caribou?  Even though these deer types share the same general appearance, there are basic differences in their habitats, behaviors, anatomical features, …

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Snakes and Goats – Possible Outcomes & Reducing the Risk

The MSD Veterinary Manual reports that around 150,000-300,000 domestic animals are bitten every year in the US by pit vipers, and among these unfortunate victims are goats. While this can be scary for both goats and owners, these four-legged grazers can defend themselves and do damage in the process. Do goats kill snakes? Domesticated goats …

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Average Prices for Beef and Dairy Calves + Influencing Factors

Are you looking to expand your herd to include a different cattle type on your premises? Perhaps you’re considering purchasing the first-ever cow on your homestead? Whether or not you know which type is best for you, it’s good to start with the costs. How much are baby cows? Calves cost around $200 to $500 …

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Are Black Walnut Trees Bad for Goats? Here Are the Facts

Native to North America, the black walnut (Juglans nigra) is a precious tree valued for its fruits as much as its wood. However, the tree has a dark side to it. It produces a poisonous chemical known as juglone whose sole purpose is to thin out the competition and kill plants growing near the tree. Are …

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Treats for Goats: Safe Fruits & Veggies | What To Avoid

Are you looking for the best fruits and vegetables to feed your goats as tasty treats? If so, you’re on the right track. Can goats eat carrots? Carrots are an ideal treat for goats as the entire vegetable is edible. Goat handlers should feed carrots to goats in moderation, as too much of a good …

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Do Alpacas Spit? Why, Warning Signs and How To Avoid It

Alpacas are slightly smaller and cuter but otherwise very similar to lamas. They are often bred for their highly valuable fleece. Handling alpacas means you may need to get into spitting distance of them… literally. Do alpacas spit? Alpacas are known for spitting at one another, especially in the case of females spitting at males …

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