paracord goat collars

by janinelidell

A few days ago we were tasked with the project of making goat collars for the twelve little boy kids that would be leaving the following day for camp. That’s right, camp. It turns out the farm we’re staying with is very involved with 4-H and made some connections with the 4-H summer camps in Maine to house their extra male kid goats for the summer. So small goats play with small humans, summer ends, small male goats still get the ax but had a really fun summer before it all ends.

I’ve noticed that there seems to be a general belief among people we’ve encountered who have spent time around farm animals from an early age. Those animals that get a really good existence on small farms basically have had a much better life than most of the dairy animals out there in the world and when it’s their time to go, at least they had that sweet little life. Is a summer in the sun better than being killed right out of the womb? This debate seems to be one that continues within the dairy community.

So for this summer, six male kid goats got blue collars made by hand and will go to the camp by the ocean. Six others will wear the green and go to the mountains. I’m still pretty sure I’m not of the heart to take an animal’s life myself, whether small or large, but I like to think that most small scale dairy farmers have the very best interests of their animals. You care for all of them with clean bedding, fresh water, lot’s of room and let them jump around and be silly little goats. When it’s there time to go, someone with a quick and steady hand takes their life and then their mother continues to produce milk for the rest of the season. Then we have milk, yogurt, kefir, cheese, gelato. All the dairy come from the birth (and death) of these little lives.

Internal vegetarian debates aside, I did learn how to make a very cool goat collar which could of course be used for a dog as well. Attached below is the instructional video. Just make sure to buy decent buckles if you have an escape artist, I’ve been told strong ones can be purchased at a mountain climbing shop.
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You’ll need:

  • 3/4″ buckle
  • metal “d” ring
  • paracord
  • scissors
  • lighter

You’ll need a foot of paracord for every inch of your animals neck.

If you’re using 2 colors, you’ll half of that amount of each color and need to melt the ends of each color together. Make sure to press together firmly. Ok. Just watch the video, a few times and press pause a lot.