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Sunday, December 23, 2012

Why I use Dynamite products for my goats

Why I use Dynamite for my Goats
by Carrie Eastman

The question has been asked many times, in many ways, over the last few years why I feed Dynamite products, especially Dynamite horse products, to my goat.  Goats are ruminants, horses are not.  Goats are browsers, horses are grazers.  Goats have different mineral requirements.  So, in no particular order of important, here are my many reasons:

I trust Dynamite.  Dynamite is a family owned and operated business that has been around for many years. 

I have personally toured the Dynamite feed mill where PGR is manufactured.  The mill is clean and chemical free, and you could eat off the floors.

Dynamite uses amino acid chelated minerals.  You can read more about chelation at www.albionminerals.com Amino acid chelated minerals are the easiest to absorb AND the easiest to flush from the body.  This means that for goats, where excess copper can be toxic, the goats can more easily flush any copper they do not use. 

Dynamite does have products specifically designed for ruminants, and products that are designed for multi-species use. 

All Dynamite products come with a money-back guarantee, even if the entire container is used up first.

I trust Dynamite.  Yes, I said that before.  These days, I feel even more compelled to support a business that I personally have met the majority of the staff, the staff use and love the products they work with, and the company is committed to making and selling only the best.  When Dynamite is deciding whether to bring a product to market, they ask first whether the product will be the best being made, and then what the profit margin will be.  Some products are sold at or near cost, because Dynamite believes in the importance of the product.  That philosophy matters to me.

I have also been asked about feeding trials and lab studies, and about nutrition formulation tailored to goats.  While I believe this is important, I also recognize the pitfalls and shortcomings of clinical trials and lab studies.  Simply observing any process actually affects the process (the oberserver effect).  Feeding trials attempt to isolate a specific nutrient, when in reality, all nutrients have antagonistic and synergistic partners in any biological process.  Feeding trials often also do not take into account the different forms of the minerals.  Rather than attempt to provide an exact balance of vitamins & minerals, tailored just to goats (and really, each goat breed and individual is different), I prefer to provide nutrients free choice and allow the goats to balance themselves, as nature designed.


Copyright ©2014 Carrie Eastman.

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration, and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Always consult your veterinarian about any changes to your goat’s health program.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Winter 2012 updates - a lot of catching up since July!

Wow - how did it get to be December already?!?  My last post was back in July, and feels like last month.  Many changes and events at Oak Hill since July...

Some goats have left, and a new goat has arrived.  Oak Hill Bluebelle and Oak Hill Chickadee left to live at Crystal View Fainting Goats.  They have a wonderful new home with the Neely's, and I'm excited to see kids from both of them in the next couple years.



Sadly, Chickadee's son Bluebeard passed this summer, likely of complications from a sting or bite.  While no goat can take Blue's place, my hope is that Chickadee will produce a similar buckling at her new home.
RIP Bluebeard - you were loved...
A new lady has come to live at Oak Hill.  Locust Hill Alexandria arrived late this summer from Goat Flower Farm.  'Lexi is bred to Astro for spring 2013 kids.  She is shy - slowly learning that my visits mean treats.  'Lexi has lovely muscle and bone and I'm excited to see the size she adds to the Oak Hill herd.

Geisha & I in the ring
The first MGR shows at the South Mountain Fair in August were a great success!  We had 50+ goats showing, from all over the east coast.  In 2013, we plan to add a 3rd show to the schedule, with more goats and exhibitors expected.  The shows have their own website at http://southmountainmgrshows.homestead.com/  Come visit the site to purchase show merchandise and watch for next year's schedule.
Carlotta is due to kid any day now.  I'm hoping for Christmas kids (they will be for sale).  The other mature does are bred for spring 2013 kids.  I have the breedings and due dates posted on the Oak Hill website.  I'm especially excited to see what the Truffle x Tonka cross yields.  Maybe Truffle will get to keep a daughter this coming year (All my does get to keep a daughter at least once - my promise to them).  If everyone kids twins successfully, we will have 14 kids on the ground at the same time.  Bedlam!!! In the best way!!!  Hoping for an open house in 2013 at Oak Hill.  Stay tuned for that!

We added a separate breeding pen this year, handy for our girls and any visiting does.  The Love Shack has been a handy addition!

On a more ominous note, coyotes have been spotted behind our farm.  To insure our goats' safety, we are adding a livestock guardian dog (LGD) to our family this December.  We decided on a Great Pyrenese, after much debate over breeds.  Our LGD Alruna comes from Duffy Fainting Goat Farm in NY state.   'Runa has just started to hang out with the goats at Duffy's.  She is the most curious of the girls, and very happy.  We are very excited for her arrival.

And just for fun, Oak Hill has made the leap into Pinterest.  Come join us there!  http://pinterest.com/oakhillfainters/

May your holiday and new year be filled with fun, family, peace, joy & abundant blessings! 
And some goat kisses!