How to Treat Sick Baby Goats

How to Treat Sick Baby Goats

How to Treat Sick Baby Goats How to Treat Sick Baby Goats: written by Rosie Ramsey, Founder of Successful Goating with Rosie. Posted with permission, edited by packgoats.com. TOO MANY DEAD BABIES … I see so many babies dying at just a few days old. This is very concerning. It isn’t “normal” to just loose […]

What to Look for in an Adult Pack Goat

What to look for in an adult pack goat

What to Look for in Choosing an Adult Pack Goat It has taken me a long time to learn what to look for in an adult pack goat. I have bought nearly 30 adult goats in my mission to build a pack string from scratch and I have learned a ton while doing so. I […]

What Breed Makes the Best Pack Goat

what breed makes the best pack goat

What is the best pack goat breed? I get asked all the time what breed makes the best pack goat. I also get asked all the time what breed of goats I have.  Generally, people are asking because they want to know what breed they should be looking for as they begin to build their […]

How Much Can A Pack Goat Carry


How much can a pack goat carry? The most common question I get when people first see my pack goats is “how much can a pack goat carry?”  This is a very sensible question for a new person. In fact, I asked exactly the same one when I first began to hop down the trail […]

Pack Goats and Predators – How to Prevent Issues Before They Occur

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Pack Goats and Predators Pack goats and predators are genetically engineered adversaries. This article will help you prevent any issues from happening before they occur. Because this predator/prey relationship is predictable we know how to be mindful of our goats in the pasture and the back country.  First thing to remember is that the number […]

Sexes of Goats and How That Relates to Using Them as Pack Goats

Does and bucks used as pack goats

Can Does and Bucks be used as Pack Goats? The question if does and bucks can be used as pack goats is one of the most common questions new packers and curious goat owners ask. Without question the most effective pack goat to work with is a wethered (castrated) male goat.  They grow the largest, […]

Aggressive Goats. Unruley Bucks: How to Deal with Them

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Aggressive Goats and How to Correct them Aggressive goats are an issue for anyone who owns or deals with them. They are an animal with the tools and strength to potentially hurt their handlers. As the owner of packgoats.com I own and train pack goats and not only are my goats bred to be big […]

Pack Goat Back Country Gear List

Pack Goat Gear List

Pack Goat Gear List My goal of this is to provide a simple printable pack goat gear list you can hang in your garage to help you pack. Keep this list handy to look over and plan a well thought out pack goat back country gear list.  I like having one that I can physically […]

Training Older Pack Goats

Training Older Pack Goats

Training Older Pack Goats Training older pack goats, my process to train an older goat to pack. A couple years ago one nasty, cold fall afternoon I was carrying my daughters entire boned out bear and hide on my back for 5 miles back to the truck. That’s when  I made the final decision I […]

New Goat Packer: Lessons Learned by Amy Flygare

New Goat Packer

New Goat Packer: Lessons Learned I’ll be the first to admit that I still feel like a new goat packer; complete newbie to this whole thing. We started our pack goat journey about 2 years ago. We rented a couple of big Saanens from Clay Zimmerman of High Uinta Pack Goats and took them to […]

Affordable Pack Goat Saddle and Panniers for 4H and Nigerians

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Pack Goat Saddle for 4H I am asked on a consistent basis if there is a pack goat saddle for 4H competitions at the local fairs.  I’m also asked if there is a pack that will work with smaller breeds. Goats like Nigerians or smaller does of the larger breeds.  The answer is YES to […]

Pack Goat Saddle Review

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Pack Goat Saddle Review I want to take a minute and tell you my experience packing in with our goats and give you my thoughts on a pack goat saddle review.  This last weekend I took the plunge and took my boys camping with the goats and NO Marc! Marc visited his Dr. the day […]

The Story of Healing a Broken Leg on my Pack Goat

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Healing a Pack Goats Broken Leg Let me start out by saying I am not an expert on pack goats. I do not pretend to be. Knowing how to fix a pack goats broken leg was a process led by my vet and good intuition.  What I do have personal experience in is sport injuries.  […]

Pack Goat Conditioning and Weight Bearing Timeline

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Pack Goat Conditioning Pack Goat conditioning is a “new science” and I’m going to share with you what I have found to works best.  I’ve noticed as new people are coming into this wonderful lifestyle/pastime that they are pushing their goats younger and younger. I wanted to build a timeline that could be followed of […]

Training your Pack Goat Kid. Everything Your Pack Goat Will Need to Learn Year One.

Training your pack goat kid

Training your Pack Goat Kid This article’s intent will be to teach you everything you need to know about training your pack goat in their first year.  It will start from when you get them home and they are still bottle feeding and finish with training them on the trail when they are yearlings.  I […]

Pack Goat Nutrition

pack goat nutrition

Pack Goat Nutrition: The Everything and Nothing of Adult Pack Goat Nutrition. By David Eskildsen· Confused by the title? Good, then we are starting off on the right foot. In 20+ years of raising dairy goats, I can say with certainty, there is nothing straight forward about whats the best pack goat nutrition plan or any […]

Castrating Wethers: How Long Should You Wait

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Banding Pack Goats Castrating Wethers and when has been debated between the folks in the pack goat community forever. We are, as a community the most experienced at keeping wethers alive and well of any other goat niche. It seems to always get into hot debate and people are super passionate that they are “right,” […]

Goat Pasture Setup: Organize Shelter, Feeding Stations, and Pasture for Pack Goats

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Goat Pasture Setup Pack Goat pasture setup is not super complicated to take care of, but how you set up your feeding stations, shelter and pasture are important for them and for you.  I made a ton of mistakes in the beginning and I hope to help you to eliminate making those same mistakes with […]

Hunting with Pack Goats and Strategy

Hunting with Pack Goats

 Hunting with Pack Goats Hunting with pack goats can be an incredibly effective way to hunt. You just need a good game plan on how to go about it and the advantages will outweigh the disadvantages. I’m going to go into detail on hunting tactics as well as camping and “goat management” equipment that you’ll […]

Podcast on “All Things Pack Goats”

All Things Pack Goats

All Things Pack Goats In this podcast “All Things Pack Goats”, the host of “Finding Back Country” interviews Marc Warnke on many topics about packing with goats.  They talk about everything from pack goat gear, training, hunting strategies and so on.  They also discuss the topic of the difference between goats and llamas as pack […]

How to Bone Out Elk for Pack Goats

How to Bone Out Elk for Pack Goats

How to Bone Out an Elk for Pack Goats This video shows how Marc butchers elk;  bone out elk for pack goats to be packed in pack goat panniers.  See the details of the how’s and why’s that make the job simple through this video. This process is the best and easiest way to pack […]

Hunting Elk with Pack Goats – “Elkville II”

Elkville III In this video Marc Warnke and his buddies harvest 3 6×6 bulls in 4 days.  The bulls were located in different parts of that location. Also, the bulls were taken on three separate mornings over 9 miles in from the trail head.  This trio get’s it done on public land filling freezers with […]

Pack Goat Elk Hunting Video

Hunting with Pack Goats

Pack Goat Elk Hunting Pack goat elk hunting is such a treat. This trip wouldn’t have been possible without pack goats. Watch as Marc Warnke and his buddies harvest two good bulls while hunting alongside their trusty pack goats.  Hunting With Pack Goats can be amazingly rewarding. See more of Marc Warnke’s hunting with pack […]

Plan Your Pack Goat String…Build it Like You Would a Football Team

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Plan your Pack Goat String This plan your pack goat string article is going to go in depth, coaching you how to plan your pack goat string. I get asked a lot about what breed is best for a pack goat. My answer is always the same. Build and plan your string to be like […]

Charlie Jennings’ Take on Wyoming’s Decision Regarding Pack Goats

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Pack Goats: Wyoming’s Decision and Risk Analysis Report This article is a review of Wyoming’s decision to limit boundaries for use with pack goats. First of all, here is a link to the document and decision of the Forest Service and the USDA about the Shoshone National Forest.  https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd566629.pdf .   Here is the past President […]

What You Need To Know About Spreading Out Pack Goat Ages

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What You Need to Know about Spreading Out Pack Goat Ages Building a good string of pack goats takes years so it’s important to strategize pack goat ages.  You have to start with babies and you won’t be putting full loads on them until they are 4 years old. Also, plan on them slowing down […]

The Pack Goat Rendezvous 2018

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Pack Goat Rendezvous The Pack Goat Rendezvous, better known as “The Rendy”, is a super fun event that every goat packer should put on their calendar. For a new goat packer, the Rendy is a must. People literally come from around the world (last year we had one from Australia and another from Hawaii).  You […]

Horned Pack Goat Feeder

horned goat feeder

This horned goat feeder is the best design to date for feeding goats with horns. Feeding horned pack goats sounds simple, but it isn’t.  Why??? It’s not all just about simply feeding them.  There is “baggage” to goats that you will have to solve. Problem one. If you are trying to feed multiple goats, the […]