Goats: Small-scale Herding for Pleasure And Profit (Hobby Farms)
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the mix. Finally, the pregnant does). Goats tolerate (and material moves to the abomasum, where even savor) a weedier mix than many body enzymes effect final digestion. species do, but all hay must be green, sweet smelling, and absolutely dust and LET THEM EAT FORAGE mold free. The millions of microbes (bacteria, protozoa, and other microorganisms) that populate your goats’ rumens and digest whatever they eat require mainly cellulose fiber, meaning forage (browse, hay, or grass), to survive.
and why. Being your goats’ herd queen can be essential here because it’s all but impossible to drive a herd of goats. Goats lack the keen flocking instinct that causes frightened sheep to mob together and move as a single mass. A startled group of goats scatters, although individuals may whirl to face what spooked them. If still alarmed, they bolt, calling on their speed and agility to outmaneuver perceived danger. Goats are a herding dog’s worst nightmare. Goats dislike entering or crossing
buck live in the herd with your does? If you milk your does and your buck is in rut, definitely not. Does kept with bucks tend to give strong, off-flavored milk. It’s hard to market “buckytasting” product. In addition, if you’re establishing a CAE- or Johne’s-free herd, you must be present to remove newborn kids before they can nurse their dams. Many other goat owners (myself included) simply want to be there when kids are born to assist if needed. If you don’t know when each doe was bred, you
the bulk tank must meet strict 3-A manufacturing standards. An approved on-site toilet and a dairy waste management system are also mandatory. For an in-depth look at typical equipment and operating requirements, visit “Grade A Dairy Goat Requirements” at Langston University’s E (Kika) de la Garza Institute for Goat Research (see Resources). SELLING MILK If you plan to sell fluid milk in bulk, investigate prospective buyers before you commit. In many locales, no such buyer exists. If you find
viewing an Angora goat. Using an Angora as a harness animal probably isn’t a good idea if you want to sell that fleece for a good price. but handspinners prefer it. Colored breeding stock costs more than white does, but all things equal, colored fiber sells at a higher price per pound. Angoras must be fed a nutritious diet to produce quality fleece. Angoras are excellent browsers and brushers, but they definitely require supplemental feeding. Angoras aren’t as winter hardy as other breeds are;