Girl feeds goat
Courtesy Colorado State University

I think it is cool that Fort Collins alls backyard goat farming, but I am not sure I would want them living next to me.  The Colorado State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital is hosting a symposium on backyard goat farming in Fort Collins on Saturday, April 19.  They will focus on goat health, husbandry and licensing requirements for city ownership.  The goat symposium is free and open to the public.

It will be in the CSU Diagnostic Medicine Center just off Drake Road and is sponsored by the CSU student chapter of the American Association of Small Ruminant Practitioners. The event will include a dozen presentations provided by CSU veterinarians, veterinary interns and students.

In summer 2013, the Fort Collins City Council adopted a local ordinance that allows city dwellers to raise Nigerian Dwarf or African Pygmy goats as pets or for production of milk or fiber. The city of Denver also allows backyard goat farming as part of a blossoming national trend in urban agriculture.

The city of Fort Collins now allows backyard goats, but no more than two

The CSU College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences published an online booklet, called “Healthy Living with Goats,” to give goat owners key information about the commitment required for backyard farming.

[Colorado State University]

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