The question isn’t whether you’re going to get goats, the question is which goat supplies you need make it happen.
And I’m here to help you do that.
Just your regular old goat-enabler over here. Hell bent on convincing everybody to get some goats! Yee-haw!
So, whether you’re going to get two goats or
ten twelve, I’m going to make sure you’ve got all the goat supplies you need to get started. Because, c’mon. Can you really pass up a chance to bring one of these guys home?
Goat Supplies for Raising
If your goal is to raise goats as pets or for meat (pet people, pretend you didn’t read that), here are the goat supplies you’ll need. I’m going to assume you’re starting with adult goats. If you’re bringing baby goats home you’ll get the supplies below and also check out my post here on how to care for baby goats.
Shelter & Fencing
- Fencing can be as simple or as extravagant as you want, but just be sure to follow these rules to keep your goats from breaking out.
Watering & Feeding
- Hay – A green hay like alfalfa, timothy, or bermuda or a mixture of those. Any feed store will carry it.
- Grain – Grain is only necessary if your goat is pregnant or in milk. Even then you’ll only give about a handful or two per day.
Supplements & Extra Care
- Hoof shears – You’ll need to trim your goat’s hooves every few months. Here’s my tutorial on trimming goat hooves and here are my favorite shears.
- Minerals – These minerals will help support any missing mineral gaps in their diet. Kelp meal is also another good source of trace minerals for goats. You don’t have to do both, just one is fine.
- Deworming – I use herbs to naturally deworm my goats. I purchase from Fir Meadows and it lasts me at least a year!
- Vaccines – I don’t vaccinate my goats, but I want to list it here in case you feel like you should. Mainly it’s the CD&T vaccine and you can purchase it here. You can also read more about vaccines for goats here.
- Testing – You may need a few supplies for testing and in that case, check out my post here for full details of how to test your goat for diseases.
Baby goat Supplies
- You may need different supplies depending on if your goat needs to be bottle fed or not. Read more here on the supplies & care needed for baby goats.
Goat Supplies for Milking
- Goat Milking Stand – You can make your own here with these free goat stand plans.
- Feeder – This goat feeder will go on the stand.
- Goat Hobble (optional) – Not every goat needs to be hobbled in order to be milked, but if you have a goat that kicks more than you can manage, try this goat hobble.
- Stainless steel Pail – When you’re dealing with milk, it’s important that you use a seamless stainless steel pail. This will make sure that the pail can be cleaned well between each use.
- Udder Wipes – We make our own homemade udder wipes, but you can also purchase pre-made udder wipes here.
- Milk Strainer & Filters – After you milk your goat, you’ll definitely want to strain it with a stainless steel strainer & filters.
- Jars & Lids (to store milk)
- Teat Dip or Homemade Balm – Teat dips are designed to clean and protect the teat between milking times. You can purchase chemical teat dips, but I like to just make my own homemade udder balm.
Treats during Milking
- We usually give a couple handfuls of grain, another handful of black oil sunflower seeds, and chopped carrots.
Goat Supplies for Kidding (goat birth)
When it’s time for your goat to deliver, it would be a good idea to go over my pregnancy & kidding checklist for goats. That article will help make sure you have everything you need to have a safe & successful birth!
Get your goat
As daunting as it seems to have to gather a bunch of supplies, hopefully you can feel better knowing that this is a one-time occurrence. Now all you need is a goat to complete the dream. Head over to my post here to learn more about choosing the right goat for you.