If you're thinking of going
into raising livestock for business but is stymied by a
shoestring budget, the answer to your problem is
Goats have been serving our needs as early as 10,000 B.C.,
probably even before we have learned to domesticate cows and
sheep. Because of their capability to survive on the most meager
of herbs, bushes and scrubs, they are also ideal agricultural
animals for countries with arid environments like those in
Africa. Goat keeping is also a chief source of food and income
in mountainous regions like Tibet and Mongolia. This trait also
makes them attractive to farmers from Third World countries
because of their relative cost-effectiveness. In fact, certain
charities and organizations donate herds of goats to poor
communities in order to provide them with livelihood.
Despite its scruffy appearance, the goat yields various products
for consumption. Asides from being a good source of meat when
keeping goats, its milk can be converted to yoghurt and cheese.
If you are unfortunate enough to have cow's milk as allergens,
you can find a great alternative in goat's milk. Certain breeds
like the Angora yield thick strands of hair called mohair which
can be used for the creation of textiles. There are however,
shorter hairs found nearer to the skin of the animal which are
common in Cashmere and Pashmina goats. Producing textiles out of
these will give you more profit.
There are many dimensions in goat keeping. First, you must
identify the needs of your chief buyers. These needs will
dictate which breed you will get as each one boasts different
strengths on the areas of meat, milk, and hair. Therefore you
will not use a goat of LaMancha stock to produce hair when
Angoras are the more efficient breed for that. In the same
respect, the former produces more milk than the latter which is
why the LaMancha is ideal for dairy operations.
Being able to tell prime animals from inferior ones will help
you during purchases and at instances when you decide to thin
your herd of unproductive specimens. Knowledge of goat biology
and habits will also be helpful in understanding their needs
like the right feed to give and the physical signals which tell
you the appropriate time to mate your buck with the does.
With these things in mind, you're ready to start the journey to
goat keeping. At this very moment, your very first animal is
possibly already out there, chewing its cud, waiting for you to
start your venture.
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