Common health problem in goat farms and their identification The main disease problems of goats, together with the likely causes of the problem are shown in the following table.  These tables should be used to diagnose the disease after making a physical examination or taking a case history. Often, if veterinarian staff makes irregular visits to a flock, they will usually miss seeing the sick goat, because it has either died or recovered. In this case, close questioning of the […]

Health issues in goat farms

Concentrate Feeding management: A healthy goat eats 8%-10% of its body weight per day (approximately 30kg goat will eat 2.5-3kg per day), which comprises of green fodder (70-80%) dry fodder (10-20%) and concentrate feed (10%) and minerals in traces. However, the feeding capacity decreases during the disease and increases during lactation. Click here to know how much to feed exactly depending on body weight.  Concentrate feed chart for goats:   Feeding is an essential aspect of goat raising and may […]

Concentrate feeding management

Determining the age of a goat is easy to do for the first few years of its life. The procedure is called toothing a goat.A goat has no teeth in the upper front of its mouth,besides teeth  it has a hard palate in the upper front.It has eight teeth in the lower front. The size and condition of these eight teeth is the best gauge to determine the goat’s age. A baby goat has a set of “milk teeth”.  Just […]

Determining age of a goat

How to sell goats off your farm:(Meat purpose) Selling of goat is not a big problem at all.Goats are like blank cheques in your pocket,you can turn goats into cash even at midnight. You can sell it to butcher(slaughter house owner) just contact any butcher of your local area.They require 100 of male goats per month(yearly 1200 male goats).As you can realize there is a huge shortage of goats. And so, any butcher will be willing to buy your goats readily. Alternatively, […]

Selling Goats

At Birth To allow bonding the doe must clean and groom her kids and remain undisturbed for two to four hours. Usually the kidding should be without any external intervention. However, one may intervene only in these conditions: • When there is mal-presentation or difficulties in kidding. Share this:  

Raising goat kids

Caring of Dry Goats Goat should be maintained in good condition during the dry period (non lactating period) so she will freshen in a healthy state and have every opportunity to produce more milk in the next lactation. A good mineral mixture should be available.  Mineral may contain from 12-18% calcium, 6-8% phosphorus and 25-30% salt, with trace minerals and vitamins. During the last 3-4 weeks of gestation, nutrition becomes more important to the doe. She should receive a better […]

Caring of Dry Goats

• Male goats are known to be fertile at an earlier stage than females. In such circumstances males have to be raised separately from females to avoid unplanned mating. • Bucks have to be kept in good condition and fed at all times. • Concentrate feeds can be should be provided throughout the year. If that’s not possible it should be  provided 2 months before breeding season. • For breeding purposes bucks with horns have to be used, so as to […]

Management of Male goats (Bucks)

Young females should be mated as from the age of 12 months. Good nutrition ensures that the animal grows faster and ready for mating. It also increases fertility and litter size. If young animals are mated when they are very young (less than 8months) they will remain stunted the rest of their life and will have poor reproductive performance. A well-managed female can produce kids for about eight years. Pregnancy in goats lasts between 145 –150 days (five months). A […]

Management of Females (Does)

Goat Products a) Chevon Goat meat has several desirable features:- – It is preferred to mutton in India. – The digestibility coefficient and biological value of dried goat meat are 95.2 and    60.4 per cent, respectively. – It has less fat due to active disposition of the animal. Share this:  

Goat Products 

The quantity of feed consumed by a goat depends on: age; breed; sex, size and physiological status (pregnant /lactating.) – Goats will consume about 3-5% of their own body weight in dry matter daily or 8-10% of body weight in fresh matter basis. – Young goats will consume relatively more than mature goats – Pregnant and lactating animals will need more feed to produce milk and to   enable the fetus to grow. Share this:  

Feed Requirements

Four key traits to be considered for selection of goats used primarily for meat production are the following: 1) adaptability to environmental and production conditions, 2) reproductive rate, 3) growth rate and 4) carcass characteristics. Of these four production traits, only carcass characteristics are not readily measurable on the farm. With good record keeping and a set of scales, the meat goat producer can collect the information needed to measurably increase the productivity of his/her meat goat enterprise. Get a scorecard […]

Selection of Goats

Breeding Issues Breeding Issues Nutritional Deficiency Retained placentas, metritis Copper, zinc, selenium, vitamin E Lack of estrus Copper, zinc, selenium, vitamin E Tailess sperm in semen  Selenium Lack of libido Copper-molybdenum    Intentinal Issues Share this:  

Nutritional deficiency disorders

Goat is known as ‘Poor man’s cow’ in India and is a very important component in dry land farming system. Marginal or undulating lands unsuitable for other types of animals like cow or buffalo, goat is the best alternative. With very low investments goat rearing can be made in to a profitable venture for small and marginal farmers. General Information Goats are reared for milk and meat. Goat is a multi functional animal and plays a significant role in the […]

Why goat farming

  What to Consider? Vision and Values: A farm is both an extension of the vision and values of the individual(s) who start(s) it, and it has to be carefully planned to make sure that it fits within that vision as well as within the particular confines of the place where it is established. Place Matters: A fertile agricultural land is a must with good supply of water. Planning: New farms need to have a well designed business plan that takes into consideration individual […]

Starting a Goat farm