I use blackstrap molasses for my goats regularly. We buy a case of 4 gallons at a time! Whenever I think they need a "pick me up" I add a cup to the 5 gallon water bucket the goats drink from. I also do this if they are dealing with anemia from parasites. Blackstrap molasses makes a great mixer for whatever medicine the goats need - herbs, turpentine, etc. It is strong and they think it is delicious.
After a doe gives birth I always give her a nutritious treat - dry rolled oats with raisins with blackstrap molasses to mix it all together. The does love it and it helps to boost them up a bit after the work of birth.
I also use blackstrap molasses for cows. I do NOT give it to sheep, however. Copper is toxic to sheep and so I am concerned about the amount of copper in blackstrap, so I don't give it to them.
Over the weekend we had a doe give birth to twin girls. It was her first time to kid and she was not accepting her babies. Below is a picture of my son who spent the weekend working with the mom and babies. Now the babies are nursing well and the mom has accepted them. Baby goats are super cute! :)
~Mama to Many~
Our dairy goat seemed to have a staph infection on her udder. She had multiple swollen pimples on her udder. Frist we used 1 t. Turmeric on her feed each morning and evening. That helped a lot but didn't cure it.
Finally, I mixed equal parts of garlic powder, olive leaf powder, and Oregon Grape Root powder in a jar. We top dressed her feed with this - 1 and 1/2 t. Morning and evening. We also sprayed her udder twice a day with apple cider vinegar with a few drops of GSE and Tea Tree Essential Oil. (Maybe 1/4 cup vinegar with 4 drops GSE and 10 drops tea tree.)
This worked and cleared it up completely. It did take a couple of weeks. But she had had this for months, so that didn't seem too bad.
~Mama to Many~
When my Nubian dairy goat got mastitis, I used the same thing I use for myself - an oil mixture of 2 oz. Olive oil, 1 T. Eucalyptus oil, and 1 T. Peppermint oil. We massaged it into the affected area 3-4 times a day and milked her 3 times a day (didn't drink that milk until the mastitis cleared. ) This worked great!
Kelp powder will cure all the bald spots by giving the much need nutrition & regulate the glands. I was given a almost bald goat once who could not get up from the ground. within 6 months she was running with the herd and with a full shinny coat. All the Best - it works!
Apple Cider Vinegar
I remember once as a child I had ringworm and my mom used cider vinegar on it. It burned but it sure beat that ringworm out. We had used it on our cats and other farm animals also. When I was older I worked in animal care and a vet had me take photos of a huge ringworm on a goat and she had trouble curing it. I told her to try the cider vinegar and the goat was cured in no time, she now keeps it on hand. Vinegar is the only thing I will mop floors with now and it also takes the burn out of sunburn!