Dairy goat breeds range in size from miniature to standard size milk produces weighing in at well over 100 pounds. While cows are the most popular dairy animal in the United States, goat milk has become increasingly popular in recent years – especially among folks who suffer from lactate issues.
Keeping your goat herd healthy requires sanity husbandry efforts and diligence. Following proper worming and hoof trimming recommendations is a great start, but only a start, at the practices and routines you must follow to both prevent and detect the first signs of goat disease and illness that can wipe out your herd.
A veterinarian will need to be consulted for many major goat diseases, illnesses, and injuries but many issues you can learn to… [Read More]
Proper goat care will directly impact the health of your herd. A hardy herd begins with the purchase of quality and healthy goats but it is the daily maintenance of the livestock that will create happy farm pets, brush clearers, milk producers, and a source of protein. Learning the basics of goat husbandry might feel a bit overwhelming at first. But, once you garner a little knowledge you will easily get into the routine of conducting… [Read More]
Goat farming means different things to different keepers. Like cattle, goats are raised for either their meat or milk. But, goat farmers also raise these animals for their hair, to make a truly soft leather from their hide, to collect their droppings to make both fertilizer and an alternative type of fuel, and also to simply rent them out to clear dense parcels of land.
Goat keepers who raise goats simply to sell them are… [Read More]
There are more than 300 different goat breeds roaming in pastures around the globe. There are dairy goat, meat goats, fiber goats, and miniature goat breeds that are all heralded for their various benefits around and offerings. There is no right or wrong goat breed to keep. But, discovering the best goat breed to suit your needs and space requires due diligence … and sometimes a little trial and error.
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