GoatWorld Blog - May 2021
Introducing a new feature to GoatWorld which I am calling for the time being, the "GoatWorld Blog". I will try to keep this blog updated at least monthly to keep visitors up to date on various changes, news, and upgrades to the site. I welcome visitor interaction, thoughts, ideas, concerns, goat pictures, etc. by sending a quick email to: GoatWorld Blog.
We began implementing a new blog feature using Wordpress back in 2020, but I quickly found that there are various security issues with Wordpress, and an increasing amount of spam and hacking action that make the feature rather unpleasant to operate and maintain. There are many that use Wordpress and the many features it offers without incident (or at least they don't reveal any issues)...but given that when I first began "coding" GoatWorld some 20+ years ago, coding was essentially the only option I had available. Also, changing over to all Wordpress would require redoing the entire site...
Much of 2021 so far has been devoted to upgrading and updating the site. There are several pages in several sections on the site that are/were still in the same format that I designed and implemented from 2010 to present. New visitors to the site would not notice any difference, but for those who frequently visit the site, you'll almost immediately notice an easier to read format for such sections like the GoatWorld Articles section. This also applies to the GoatWorld Breeds section which is being upgraded day by day. At present, I think I am up to the letter "H".
One of the newest features involves daily goat news which is easily accessible from the home page of GoatWorld...bringing you the latest news headlines from around the world and in your community. While the daily goat news is primarily "goat related", you'll will also see an occasional headline about 4H, FFA, Sheep, Llamas, Horses, Cattle, and many other topics of interest to agriculture. I feel it is very important for visitors to understand my reasons for including other classes of livestock on GoatWorld, as well as other aspects of farming and ranching that are not exclusive to goats:
A lot has changed in 20+ years in regards to agriculture as a whole. Agriculture has been on the decline for the past decade, and this has caused many people to not even consider hobby farming as an alternative. Not only does the current generation suffer from this decline. It also causes the younger generation to see any form of agriculture as a less than lucrative endeavor let alone a profitable occupation of choice. Luckily goats have increased somewhat in popularity among a great deal of people from all walks of life. From city to farm, people continue to love animals such as goats or chickens, and still feel like they are a part of agriculture by raising and caring for them.
Here at GoatWorld, visitors who have a fascination to goats for any reason be it meat, milk, cheese, fiber, brush control, etc. will find that their interests are equally represented within the site as possible. While social media has become more and more judgmental and tries to dictate what you should and shouldn't eat and drink, Goatworld tries to steer clear of creating or furthering such biases.
We gather information relative to goats and other farm and ranch animals and their care and uses. We then present it in an easy to understand format so that you, our visitor, can make up your mind for youself as to whether you will consume goat milk products, eat goat meat or keep a goat as a pet versus, say a dog or cat. Our goal here is to educate, not indoctrinate.
Back to the site...as the various sections of the site are updated, we will be able to spend more time devoted to research and developing additional features that will make GoatWorld even more useful to our visitors. In the days before social media, we frequently hosted "how-to" chats with guests and individuals on topics ranging from cheese making to goat genetics. This is something we'd like to get started again in the near future. More on that later, but in the meantime, please check out our new Chat Room format and say hello! We'd love to hear from you!
Another very important feature that is being updated is Goat 911 - a free service I started back in 2000, when we were just getting started with Goatworld.com. Many visitors did not have access to a veterinarian trained to treat goats vs. dogs, cats, horses, cattle, etc. back then as goats were not as prevalent as pets or farm animals. The Goat911 list provides contact information to visitors/members who need help and have no goat-savvy vet available. These are experienced goat owners who are willing to help with goat emergencies in the event you cannot find a veterinarian.
The list has become somewhat outdated as volunteers move on for different reasons, but it is not obsolete. We are asking anyone with hands on goat experience who would like to volunteer for this list to please apply to be included by following this link. Being included on this list means that you will have one on one conversations with some frantic and panicked goat owners who have absolutely no idea how to help their animals through new and worrisome situations, as well as others who have tried what they do know to do and feel they need more help to soothe or save their goat.
While social media seemed for a time to be the perfect solution, we have found that often the a best thing for goat owners needing help, is one voice of experience who can ask the right question of the worried goat owner, keep them calm and give them tried and true options to consider. On social media, so many different answers from so many people often confused the person asking for help.If you don't have access to a veterinarian, try the Goat 911 list and talk with one or two people with years of experience or at the very least, can usually at the very least, steer you more quickly and successfully in the right direction of where to get the help you need!
In closing this blog, I will throw in just a few more odds and sods to ponder until next time I write...
We have a number of other specific features we are thinking about adding soon, such as person to person goat sales. A number of social media platforms no longer allow livestock sales, even though there are ways people are getting around the rules. But these work arounds will not last forever, and eventual full-out bans will become the "new normal" as they say. Currently, we do offer goat and livestock sales by proxy through our GoatWorld Advertising Program.
Lastly, I want to remind you to visit our GoatWorld Store, which offers a large variety of mineral and nutritional supplements for goats and other classes of livestock. GoatWorld is largely funded from sales and advertising so every little bit helps to maintain and operate this site. Again, I welcome visitor interaction, responses to this blog, thoughts, ideas, concerns, goat pictures, etc. by sending a quick email to: GoatWorld Blog.
Until next time, happy goating!
Gary & Pamela Pfalzbot
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About the author: Gary Pfalzbot is a Service Connected Disabled Veteran and the web master of GoatWorld as well as some other web sites. He has raised goats over the years, been involved with 4-H (as a young boy) and currently resides in Colorado where he and his wife Pam raise a few breeds of goats and other animals, and primarily author the GoatWorld web site to continue to inform, educate, and promote the industry.