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Hi I'm Leslie

I'm a full-time farmer in Western Wisconsin where I raise meat goats and sheep on pasture using regenerative and rotational grazing practices.

I created this website because
I had so many people reaching out, both locally and beyond, wanting to know more about how I was raising and marketing goats.

I also recognized that it IS so hard to find information in this space. I wanted to share what I've learned along the way and reduce your time searching the depths of the internet.

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How to train livestock guardian dogs

June 28, 2024

Livestock guardian dog training is an important process when bringing a new puppy home to your farm, ranch or homestead.

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On The Farm

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Roots so Deep docu-series release

May 29, 2024

I’m excited to share the release of a four-part docu-series called Roots so Deep, which is about creative farmers and “maverick” scientists who are working on solving climate change with livestock and soil.

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flatlay of desk with computer, and notepad, with text: properly citing sources in farm marketing and protecting your brand

Properly Citing Sources in Farm Marketing + Brand Protection

May 9, 2024

Statistics and news sources are a great asset to support marketing materials for your farm, but be sure you’re properly citing these sources.

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Texas Extension Report: Growing demand for meat goats

May 6, 2024

There’s growing demand for meat goats, according to a recent report put out by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.

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Savanna Goats: an easy to care for and fertile breed

April 1, 2024

Though a lesser known meat goat breed, Savanna goats are easy to care for and have strong maternal instincts.

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Newborn goat care after birthing

March 22, 2024

Kidding season can be an exciting, yet stressful time on the farm. There’s a lot of uncertainty when newborn goats will arrive and how much you might have to assist the doe in the birthing process.

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Myotonic [Fainting Goats]: a distinctive and docile breed

March 21, 2024

Fainting goats are most widely known for their unique and distinctive “fainting” trait they display when startled or scared.

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Boer Goats: The Classic Meat Goat Breed

March 21, 2024

The Boer goat is one of the most recognizable and popular breed of meat goat in the U.S.

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Spanish Goats: a hardy and well-adapted breed

February 21, 2024

Spanish goats are a popular meat goat breed due to their tolerance of varying climate and parasite resistance.

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Favorite farming marketing tools for selling to consumers

February 15, 2024

My favorite ag marketing tools to help sell our meat directly to consumers.

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Workshop: Managing for resiliency with your goats and sheep

February 12, 2024

By managing for resiliency with all aspects of our farm and life, we are better able to manage the ups and downs that come our way.

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Bale feeding with bale grazing [results, sheep + goats]

January 24, 2024

When it comes to winter bale feeding your livestock, there are many different approaches you can take, including bale grazing.

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Ask Me Anything Session: Raising, grazing and marketing

January 5, 2024

A special bonus Q&A session for my email subscribers. I talk all things raising, grazing and marketing meat goats.

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New goat meat research findings on consumer behavior

December 11, 2023

A recent university consumer behavior and market research study shows that younger generations are more likely to purchase goat. 

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Finding goats for sale: Tips for success + what to avoid

December 8, 2023

Learn about buying decisions, places to avoid, and other tips for finding goats for sale that meet your needs.

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Kiko Goats: high performance, low maintenance breed

December 5, 2023

Kiko goats are becoming a popular choice to raise due to the breed’s hardiness, fast growth rate and maternal traits.

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Mary Heffernan and Leslie Svacina

M5 Entrepreneurs feature and opportunities

November 25, 2023

Being an active, lifelong-learner has been a important part of growing my farm business. A valuable resources has been the M5 Entrepreneurs Academy,

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Keeping goats warm in the winter [cold weather tips]

November 18, 2023

Keeping your goats warm and ensuring their well-being is a top priority as winter weather sets in for the season.

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Transporting goats home or to market

November 17, 2023

Whether marketing goats or buying new stock to start or add to your herd, you’ll need to make sure you’re prepared for transporting them. 

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Breeding goats: An overview and how to prepare your herd

November 9, 2023

There’s more to goat breeding season than just putting your does with a buck.

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Freezer temperature sensors offer a sense of security

October 28, 2023

When we first started storing frozen meat on our farm we wanted a way to know quickly if our freezer wasn’t working properly.

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Fall transitions: Summer grazing to winter feeding

October 26, 2023

As fall progresses we are transitioning our herd of goats and sheep from rotational grazing to winter bale grazing. 

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Getting to Know Goat Meat in the Kitchen

October 17, 2023

As our business grew and we transitioned to primarily selling goat meat directly to customers, I picked up a lot of fantastic information (and recipes) that helped me understand it so much better.

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Celebrate goat meat with Goatober

October 6, 2023

Help celebrate goat meat with Goatober.

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Making paddock fencing set up easier for grazing

September 30, 2023

As fall is creeping in, I’m working to finish up the last of my projects.

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Electric fence chargers: How it works, solar option, setup + grounding

September 15, 2023

Choosing the right electric fence charger, selected for your fencing needs, along with the set up is important in making it truly effective.

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Wisconsin Leaders of the Land Feature

September 9, 2023

Recently I was profiled by the Wisconsin Farm Bureau as part of their Leaders of the Land series.

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All about electric fence netting for goats

September 1, 2023

Electric fence netting is one of several portable fence options to use with goats when grazing on pasture or managing brush.

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LGD dog for goats, sheep and chickens

September 1, 2023

Livestock guardian dogs have been employed by farmers and ranchers for centuries as a means to effectively protect livestock from predators.

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On The Farm

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Goat shelter basics, ideas, plans

August 31, 2023

The type of shelter your goats will require can vary depending on several factors, including the season, your geographic location, management practices, and the size of your herd.

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Why Word of Mouth Marketing Works

August 26, 2023

In a world dominated by digital marketing, word of mouth marketing might seem old fashioned. But it’s still a super effective way of getting your farm business in front of customers and giving it staying power.

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Grazing our hayfield and the surrounding woods

August 22, 2023

We’ve been giving our pastures a break over the last few weeks to let the grasses, legumes and forbes time to recover and to help reduce future parasite issues.

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Three options for goat waters

August 9, 2023

Access to water is critical for your goats, but it can be also time consuming to fill waters on a regular basis. This blog covers three options for goat waters that can be used during the summer grazing summer or winter. 1. Rotational grazing water system with a pipeline The above ground black poly pipeline […]

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Supplies for goats during the grazing season

July 29, 2023

Throughout the grazing season I rely heavily on my Gator to not only get around the farm to check goats and sheep, but also to haul the rotational grazing fencing gear and goat supplies I may need. 

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Forage chicory for pastures

July 29, 2023

Forage chicory has numerous benefits as a pasture plant species for small ruminants, including goats and sheep.

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Cardboard Shredder Machine

July 22, 2023

A cardboard shredder machine can help solve the issue of having used cardboard boxes, by providing a way to repurpose the cardboard. 

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How long are goats pregnant [ gestation calculator]

July 21, 2023

Understanding the goat gestation period is important for successful and healthy pregnancies.

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What is scrapie in goats?

July 15, 2023

One important facet of making a business out of raising meat goats is ensuring that your operation abides by certain USDA regulations.

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Gallagher Smart Fence Review

July 15, 2023

The Smart Fence is a great option for portable goats since it is so easy to use.

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Birdsfoot Trefoil for pasture productivity and livestock health

July 7, 2023

While often overlooked as a pasture legume, Birdsfoot Trefoil is an excellent option to consider given it’s forage quality, long stand life, and antiparasitic traits.

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Rotational grazing: A practical guide

June 17, 2023

When done correctly, rotational grazing offers many benefits to your livestock, soil quality, and pasture productivity.

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How to test an electric fence: A troubleshooting guide

June 9, 2023

Learn how to test an electric fence and troubleshoot grounding and conductivity issues when your electric fence is not working.

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Determining how many goats per acre for your pastures

June 3, 2023

When getting started with raising goats, one of the most common questions that comes up is how many goats per acre can I raise?

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The Case for Email Marketing

May 31, 2023

Email marketing: It’s a term that strikes fear in the hearts of so many farmers and ranchers I’ve met. With a million things to do each day, taking the time to sit down and craft and send out an email can feel like an understandably daunting task.

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Featured on the For the Love of Goats Podcast

May 16, 2023

Recently I was featured on the For the Love of Goats Podcast, where I talked about about marketing goat meat farming and online sales.

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Three portable goat fencing options

May 9, 2023

Portable goat fencing paired with electric is an effective solution to keep goats in and it’s a lower-cost option.

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Goat Terminology

May 8, 2023

Learn about goat terminology, including the scientific name for goats, as well as the terms for goats related to gender and age.

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Goat fencing requirements and options

May 2, 2023

Having the right goat fence is one of the most important things when it comes to raising goats.

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Recommended goat butchery reference book

April 22, 2023

One of my top reference books for goat cuts, processing, and butchery is the book Butchering by Adam Danforth.

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Goat pen ideas and design

April 21, 2023

Goat pens are an important component of housing your goats. While pens keep your goats contained, the right design provides many benefits.

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