I am trying to get back into the typing groove. And it is that time of year that brings up the topic of blankets on goats. We are actually late. But it is still somewhat warm for November. I personally believe that this is the most commonly screwed up aspect of showing goats north of Ft. Worth. A goat’s hair has no redeeming insulation value. Just becaue they have long hair does not mean that they are warm.
Blankets. Our rule of thumb is this: 1–If you need a hoodie, the goats need a blanket. 2–If you need a jacket/coat, then the goats need at 2 layers. 3–If you need bundled up, the goats need bundled up. 4–If it warms up, shed the layers. Sometimes it just feels good to run naked. If the temps allow it.
Other rules include: those dang tubes that all of the show supply outlets sell–don’t buy them, don’t use them. First, they don’t provide a warm layer. Second, they get in the way of a wether pissing, which causes yellow stains on legs and bellys. They are worthless. DO NOT use the tube socks for goats.
Reiteration point–A goat’s hair has no redeeming insulation value. Just because they have long hair does not mean that they are warm.
Goats don’t like cold, wind or a chill. Keep them insulated. You don’t have to have a heated barn to be successful. You just need to manage their comfort level.
We don’t use heat lamps on our show wethers. But if it gets butt-ass cold, we do move inside.
Keep ’em warm. Good luck and good day.