Goats can survive on bushes, trees, desert scrub and aromatic herbs when sheep and cattle would starve to death.
What are the benefits of goat milk?
Goat milk casein and goat milk fat are more easily digested cow milk. Goat milk is valued for the elderly, sick, babies, children with cow milk allergies, patients with ulcers.
How to choose the right goat?
The first step is choosing the right type of goat for your needs. Do you want a milk goat, a meat goat, a pet for the kids?
There are many breeds available so make an educated decision and end up with a breed that suits your needs. Read up on the various types of goats available and their uses, as well as tolerances. Goats are not cheap to take care of, make sure they’ll be useful!
Swiss goat breeds are the world's leaders in milk production. Indian and Nubian derived goat breeds are dual-purpose meat and milk producers. Spanish and South African goats are best known for meat producing ability. The Turkish Angora, Asian Cashmere and the Russian Don goats are kept for mohair and cashmere wool production.
What’s the best place for buying goats?
A few good places to purchase your goat are local 4H groups, a nearby goat ranch, or a recommended breeder (animals from these three sources are usually very well taken care of).
Before bringing your new goat home, make sure you are well prepared. No construction should go on around them while they adjust to their new surroundings.
How do I build a goat pen?
Building a large enough pen at the start is easier than going back and making it larger later when you add more goats to the barn.
Build a pen that is large enough to house the eventual number of animals you intend to raise. When building the pen, the main objective is sturdiness and security – keeping predators out, and your goats in!
Main considerations are a roof that will not leak and insulation if you live in a cold climate. Bed down the new home with fresh, clean grass, hay or straw.
How do I breed goats?
Breeding your doe is always an adventure. There are a few ways to go about this…the most preferable is to hire a stud (vs. owning a buck). If you decide to have your own buck, then you will need to build separate quarters and a pen from your does. Ensure the buck you buy has good genetics that you’ll want passed down to your future herd.
Further, if you must keep a buck, you’ll be able to make some money back for his keep by renting him out as stud (if he is in fact a genetically sound animal).
If you liked this page, you might also be interested in this page about Raising Cows or Raising Sheep.
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