Goat farming is being practiced widely today. Not only does it promote to the wellness of the environment but it could be a viable source of income. This article will take a quick glance at Boer goat farming and what it entails.
Now that people are coming in terms with the benefits of the goat milk, more and more people are turning towards goat milk. Hence, the demand for the goat milk has increased rapidly over the years. This is the main reason for the rise in potential of goat diary farms. These farms raise special breed of goats called diary goats, which is for milk production. Saanens, Alpines, Toggenburgs, Nubians, Oberhaslis, LaManchas etc are some of the diary goats.
Separate your does from the rest of the flock. In order to make sure that your farm continues producing quality meat, milk, fiber or pets, you have to keep some of the potential breeding female goat slaughtering (and maybe a couple of bucks too) separate from the other goats for sale. The former would become invaluable to you later on, especially if you have proven these animals to be the best producers of the products you want to sell.
An additional footnote when it comes to breeding goats for meat: if does are geared to reproduce twice during the mating season, it is very likely that the second litter will only produce 1 to 2 kids. Some goat farmers either choose to have their animals mated twice, or choose the flushing method instead. Combining both methods has proven to be detrimental in all the efforts for breeding goats for meat. Either the population of the goat herd becomes too extensive that the animals become susceptible to disease, or the mother goats’ health is compromised that further birthing for the next few year is almost impossible.
Prior to 1990 goats in the U.S. were raised primarily for the production of fiber or milk and for weed and brush control in pastures. whole goat meat was a byproduct and most of it was exported. Since 1990 the demand for goat meat in the United States has increased faster than the goat population. We started importing more than we exported in 1993. During the late 1980s and the 1990s the governments of New Zealand and Australia were trying to eliminate their feral goat populations and most of the resulting meat was exported to the United States. Some was also exported to China, India, and other Asian and middle eastern countries. New Zealand was successful in eliminating their feral goats.
Feeding your goats the proper foods and placing their food appropriately is very important. After all, what good would it do to have the best food for your goats, that you could find, but it was not accessible for them to consume? A mixture of foods is used to feed many goats, but the nutritional needs of your whole goat meat may need to be decided by a professional, such as a licensed veterinarian. A professional or local breeder can help you learn the proper amounts of food to give your goats and the proper time(s) to feed them. Water should always be nearby and accessible for these animals.
The Biggest Meal of the day should be eaten in the morning. This is when you need energy the most, and your body will burn off the calories throughout the day. You need some carbs and protein, and a little fat. Your body is more glucose tolerant, in the morning, after going 12 plus hours without food, so you don’t want to have sugary cereal or too much sugar in your coffee. A healthy breakfast should include carbs to ensure fullness for longer. Whole wheat bread, white meats, eggs, low-fat dairy products, vegetables and fruits are excellent choices. Don’t forget fiber too, like oatmeal, yum!
Since the nations of the world that prefer goat meat to other red meats are developing nations, it can only be assumed that as their economies improve the demand and prices they are willing to pay for this meat will also improve. The supply available for export from Australia will probably not increase. The only conclusion one can draw from these facts is that the U.S. meat goat industry has a very bright future. It is the fastest growing segment of U.S. agriculture, and will probably continue growing for some time.