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Draft Goat Resources

 

   Our first draft goat was Yin - the first colored kid born on our farm in 1995.  Although we thought he was going to be a breeding buck we discovered he had an undescended testicle.  We couldn't part with him, but he had to have a job to earn his keep - he became the Public Relations goat by being trained to pull a cart at fairs and festivals.

    Since then we have had a variety of goats trained to pull in harness and in yoke.  Currently we have a 4 year old gray wether single in harness and he and his new buddy 1 1/2 year old white buck working in yoke.

    Anyone interested in using goats for draft - especially in Maine and New Hampshire - for fun, work around the farm, or for exhibition is welcome to contact me.  Below is a list of resources I have gathered with links to various sites for more information.

 

 

Draft Goat Resources/Links:

Books:

The Backyard Goat - Sue Weaver, Storey Publishing, 2011

Equipment

Hoegger Goat Supply

http://hoeggerfarmyard.com/xcart/

Halters, harnesses, wagons

 

K-9 Carting

http://k9carting.com/

carts, shafts, team poles

 

Dog Works

http://dogworks.com/store/

lightweight single & double trees/levelers

 

Quality Llama Products & Alternative Livestock Supply

https://www.llamaproducts.com/

Halters, bridles, harnesses, carts

 

Great Goat Gear

Halters, bridles with bits, harnesses

http://greatgoatgear.com

 

Carter Pet Supply

Working Harnesses on ebay or at https://carterpetsupply.com/t/goat

 

Articles & General Information

 

Working Goats Website

http://www.workinggoats.com/?id=73

Packing and draft, many pictures and training tips

 

Harness Goat Society – Great Britain

http://www.harnessgoats.co.uk/

Great pictures

 

Goat Tracks Magazine and American Harness Goat Association

http://northwestpackgoats.com/

 

4-H Harness Goat Project

http://4h.ansci.cornell.edu/files/2013/11/harness_goat-vk0wdl.pdf

Outstanding information on all aspects training, making equipment, & competitions

 

DW Farms Harness Goats

http://workinggoats.tripod.com/id2.html

http://workinggoats.tripod.com/id6.html

Good pictures of team set ups, breast & collar style harnesses

 

Here is a youtube video that shows how simple it can be to do a goat cart and good training steps

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eC-xvArwrnY

 

 

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