Neem, Goat Diseases YCH#12


Is neem safe to use in the garden.  My answer is yes.  Neem oil comes from the fruits and seeds of the Neem tree (Azddirachta indica), a fast growing tree from India.  Neem is used in India for cosmetics and in Ayurvedic medicine for many afflictions.  The most common are inflammations, skin diseases, fevers, and rheumatic disorders. As homesteaders we know this as an insecticide. I researched Neem as I was concerned about using it in my garden.  I was delighted to learn of all of it’s medicinal uses.  I was ready to buy the seed and get it on my homestead.  But alas it doesn’t tolerate cold below 35F.  It can be grown indoors as a houseplant, but I will just  buy it.  There is a warning that pregnant women should not handle it -causes aborting in rats.

We talk about the rising food prices and what we can do.

I’ll tell you about gardening in an apartment.  Here is a link.

I found an interesting article on alternate ways of cooling a home.  does that spark an idea?

We discuss basic goat care, trimming hooves and checking for problems. Trim hooves with a specialized hoof trimmer or straight pruning shears. Hooves should be trimmed flush with the foot.  The hooves tend to curl under and get debris built up. A goat should stand on a properly trimmed hoof at about 45 degrees.  Disinfect tools between hooves  and goats. Here is a link to a pic:

We discuss dehorning and castration. Signs of  a healthy goat:

  • Eyes clear and bright.   Tearing or cloudy eyes probably mean a pinkeye infection.
  • Coat smooth and shiny.   A dull coat could indicate parasites.  Fluffed up coat means  the goat is not feeling well.
  • Appetite good.   However, it is normal for a doe in labor to refuse to eat.
  • Attitude alert.   Hunched back and droopy tail mean something is wrong
  • Here is a link that you can read the Merck Veterinary Manual online




  1. Never thought of neems for pest control. Thanks a bunch.

  2. I’m catching up on your podcasts so forgive me if you talk about this more later on (haha) but you’ve mentioned several times that you are interested in herbal deworming for goats… are you familiar with the Fias Co Farms website? Lots of info there about goats in general, but they make and sell a very popular natural herb wormer. We use it on our goats and have been very happy with it.

    • Thanks so much for the info on Fias Co Farms. I just heard on another podcast today that apple cider vinegar added to drinking water works wonderful for keeping flies off horses. I’m going to research a little and if it is safe put some in all my animals drinking water this summer. I don’t see how it could hurt them!

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