Raising Dairy Goats - Important Facts To Help You In Rearing Dairy Goats

by Ted M Allen - Date: 2010-10-20 - Word Count: 484 Share This!

Are you a farmer who owns an acre of land that produces enough livestock for you over the years and is currently considering goats as a profitable addition? If so, then you just made the right decision. A great population of farmers all over the US finds that raising dairy goats is a potential earner and you do not have to be conscientious about it. Many farmers keep them as producers not only of meat, skin, and fiber but most especially milk and butter.

There are over 200 breeds of goats worldwide and six of these breeds are the best producers of dairy and milk. These breeds include Oberhaslis, LaManchas, Alpines, Sadness, Nubians and Toggenburgs. Each of these breeds thrives depending on the location's climate. For example, the Alpines, which are recognizable through their long necks and erect ears, originated from the French Alps thus adapt well in moderate climate. The Alpine are good producers of milk and two can one can already produce a good amount to make cheese, butter, soap, or for your own enjoyment, ice cream.

Raising dairy goats is not even a hard task. First things first, get your breed of choice. As mentioned, Alpine is an ideal dairy goat besides Indian Jamnapari and Nubian. Once you have found your breed, decide which form of dairy you are going to focus on - would it be just fresh milk or canned milk, butter, cheese, soap, or all of these? This is an important factor because then you can determine how much goat you need to obtain as well as how much milk you have to produce. Selling fresh milk would require for instance at two goats to be able to produce at least 10 bottles a day.

Also, raising dairy goats is no different from raising ordinary or common goats. These mammals need the appropriate shelter where they can live comfortably. By this, you have to consider cleanliness and the room temperature. Make sure also to ready protective furnishings (fence, roof, sawdust, etc) against extreme weather conditions. Goats for all you know are sensitive to cold. Leaving them soaked for a long period if time may cause pneumonia. This could lead to death.

Raising dairy goats also involve grooming them. Although they do not demand great attention or everyday bath, they should be attended to at least every four or six weeks. It would be good if they get a hoove trim once in a while as leaving it long could hurt or make them lame.

Dairy goats are definitely an animal to keep in the farm either as pets or as a domesticated animal. They do need proper care as well. Do not forget to give them vaccination occasionally to avoid catching diseases. Raising dairy goats is surely a fun and lucrative thing to do so if you are contemplating on having them, you might as well start your search now.

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