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The Essentials of Managing a Goat Farm. Holly-Nicole Craghead. Introduction…. To Goats. Goat Facts. Picky eaters, they nibble They don’t eat beer bottles Clean animals The billys stink Many domesticated goat breeds At least 60 Herd animals Versatile Live in diverse climates

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goat facts
Goat Facts
  • Picky eaters, they nibble
    • They don’t eat beer bottles
  • Clean animals
    • The billys stink
  • Many domesticated goat breeds
    • At least 60
  • Herd animals
  • Versatile
    • Live in diverse climates
      • desert, mountain, tropical, plains
  • Average life is 10 – 12 years, but they can live up to 30
history
History…
  • Greek Mythology
    • Pan: Greek goat god of shepherds and flocks
      • Lustful
      • Protector
      • Pan pipe
  • Bible
    • Jesus said, “as a good shepherd would divide his sheep from his goats”
        • Goats got the shaft
        • Goats are then seen as outcasts
housing
Housing…

Ideal Goat Housing Should Be:

Dry

Draft-Free

Well Ventilated

health
Health…
  • Hearty
  • Diseases include:
    • Pneumonia
    • Parasites
    • Lungworms
    • Liver fluke
    • Lice
  • Vaccine schedule Impt!
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Feed…
  • ALWAYS have plenty of fresh water
  • Feed goats:
    • Weeds, grasses, hay, barley, bran, corn, alfalfa, clover, sugar beets
    • Treats: cabbage, carrots, turnips, beets
  • Do NOT feed
    • Milo – causes urinary calculi
    • Only alfalfa – causes bloat
  • Changes in feed should be done gradually
breeding
Breeding…
  • Puberty @ ½ year old
  • Estrus is a 21 day cycle, lasting 1–2 days
  • Gestation 145 days
  • Seasonal breeders
    • Influenced by the length of daylight
    • Breed August through February
kidding
“Kidding”
  • Baby goats are called “kids”
  • Goats rarely need help kidding
  • Birthing Kit
    • What to expect
    • What to do and when
    • Supplies needed for birth
    • Management of the nanny and kid post birth
  • Each kid weighs between 1 and 5 Kg.
  • Offspring
    • single, twins (most common), triplets, quads
products
Products…
  • Milk –yogurt, cheese, soap
  • Meat–chevon (cabrito)
  • Fiber–wool, mohair
thank you
Thank You

“That’s The End.”