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How often you trim depends on the type of ground you have, goats that live on rocky, hilly properties will need less foot trimming than goats who live on softer ground. You need a good sharp pair of footrot shears and a small woodworkers rasp is a good investment for smoothing off the soles of the feet.
It is a good idea to start trimming the feet of kids at about four weeks of age, they get used to it and you never have any trouble. A good way to learn to trim feet is to find an experienced goat keeper to show you how to do it.
First, tie the goat up securely. Start with the front feet, stand at the side of the goat and lift the foot up. This gives you a good position to trim the feet. For the back feet stand at the back of the goat and lift the leg between your legs.
Below are some diagrams on how to trim feet.
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