Goat farming is not an all a new
endeavor. This form of animal-raising has been practiced since
time immemorial, and there are a lot of people from other parts of
the globe who are making this their chief form of livelihood.
These days, a lot more people are seeing the benefits and
potential profits to be gained from
rearing goats. But is this form
of animal husbandry as easy as buying goats and crossing your
Well, not quite.
Here are a couple of tips you might want to consider if you are
thinking about setting up a goat farm for the first time.
1. Decide what kind of goat
farming you would like to practice. There are 4 kinds of goat
farming. One is
raising goats for the sole purpose of harvesting
milk. Goat's milk can be used as buttermilk, candy, cheese, cream
cheese, ghee (clarified butterfat,) kefir (fermented alcoholic
goat's milk,) substitute for cow's milk, and yogurt. You can also
use goat's milk to produce beauty care products like lotions, skin
creams, soaps and other milk-based specialty soaps.
The second type of
is when you raise the aforementioned animals for meat. You can
either sell the meat as fresh produce or to be used in sausages,
salted meat, and smoked meat cuts.
The third type of farming is when
you choose to raise goats for their fiber. Basically there are two
breeds of goats that yield excellent fibers. That would be the
angora goats (produce mohair) and the cashmere goats (produce
cashmere wool.) The hairs from both animals are prized for their
softness and warmth; and products made from these are usually
pegged at very steep prices. Other breeds that are raised for
their fibers are the nigora and the pygora; both of which produce
medium class wool.
And lastly, you can also
goats that are to be sold as pets - which is, by the way one of
the emerging profitable businesses these days.
By deciding early on what kind of
farming you would like to practice, you can choose what breed of
goats, tools and machineries you ought to purchase as well.
2. Always hire the services of a
veterinarian. A vet is a necessary partner in this kind of
endeavor, and you would need to consult him or her for almost
every aspect of raising goats. From choosing what feeds or
supplements you can give to the animals, to setting up housing and
more importantly, to providing you documentation (to be presented
to the local government) that you are treating your animals well
and that there are no issues on your farm that can constitute to
animal cruelty or abuse.
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