Tag Archives: Goat

Friday Funnies: Carol of the Goat Bells

Karin Christensen is the author of this hilarious rendition of a carol, which brings in all major goat breeds to sing a chorus: http://www.goatbiology.com/animations/carol.html Also don’t miss Karin’s wonderful teaching aids, for both kids and adults, on  ‘The Biology of the … Continue reading

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Notes on Dairy Goats and Artisan Cheese Production in Central Africa

Dairy Animals & Traditional Dairy Production in Central Africa –A Brief Background Cattle and goats are important components of small farm agriculture in Burundi, Rwanda and the eastern Congo.  Agriculturalists were the first migrants into the area, many hundreds of … Continue reading

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Friday Funnies: Lessons in Resistance & Resilience of Plants, Animals & People

Many plants are able to protect themselves from attack (being eaten) in different ways.  However, through domestication and/or use of pesticides and other protectors, plants may loose their natural defenses – their resistance and resilience – as these protective traits … Continue reading

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Maxi Finds a Way – Homing Instincts of Dogs

One of the misfortunes of moving at the beginning of June was the loss of Maxi the dog.  In the turmoil of getting all items – including pets – out of the compound he went missing and we couldn’t find … Continue reading

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Livestock Restocking in Burundi: More Complicated than ‘The Gift of a Goat’

Livestock – particularly goats – play a key role in smallholders’ agricultural activities in Burundi.  They are a ‘savings-bank on the hoof’, thus can be sold in case of emergency for cash.  Their manure and urine provide excellent inputs for … Continue reading

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Work and Life During The War Years in Burundi. 2004

From time to time I will be posting emails that i wrote during the war years to  friends and colleagues in other countries regarding our goat project and security and life in general – especially 2002 – 2006. Events have … Continue reading

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Animal Care and Health in the Tropics

Maxie is the newest addition to our animals - a really beautiful dog and, although only about 3 months old, is already a good watch dog.  However, yesterday he fell quite ill – there are so many illnesses here in the tropics … Continue reading

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