Raising Goats - How to Choose the Goat Breeds For Your Farm by djsgjg0045

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									Cute and cuddly: those are the two terms people associate with goats. This can be true,
if you are raising goats as pets. However, if you are trying to establish a goat farm,
you will quickly discover that these two terms are the farthest descriptions you can
give your animal wards. Like all animal husbandry practices, raising goats also means
having to deal with housing units, choosing feeds and dietary supplements, keeping
out unwanted predators (especially wild animals in the surrounding areas,) health
check ups done by the vet, updating or buying tools and machineries, regular
inspection done by the authorities, knowing the breeding cycle of goats, and most
important of all, choosing what breed of goats you intend to keep.
  Although you can buy any breed of animal you want, raising goats according to their
output will help you quickly regain your investments, and make your endeavors into a
profitable business. As such, there are four types of goat farming. These are:
  1. Raising goats for their fibers.
  Wool is the most common fiber to be harvested from goats. But you can also acquire
mohair and cashmere wool; both of which are usually prized for their silken texture
and softness. For medium class wool, which is similar to sheep wool but only
somewhat thicker, you would need to buy nigora and pygora goats (hybrid goats.)
  Angora goats produce mohair and cashmere goats produce cashmere wool. And
these are about 100 times more expensive than the common wool. However, you can
only every successfully establish a goat farm of this kind in areas that are very cold or
experience near freezing temperatures.
  2. Raising goats for their meat.
  The South African Boer goats are considered as the true meat yielding goats because
of their fast growth rate, the high litter count, and their resiliency to almost all kinds
of animal diseases. Very young goats are highly prized for their tender meats which
are sold as fresh produce in the market. On the other hand, meat coming from older
animals is usually incorporated in processed food items like cured, salted or smoked
meat.
  Other types of meat producing breeds are the: Brush, Kiko, Myotonic (also called
Fainting goats,) Spanish, and the West African Dwarf goats.
  3. Raising goats for their milk.
  Goat milk can be used as a substitute for cow's milk because it contains fewer levels
of lactose, which makes it perfect for lactose intolerant people. However, goat's milk
can also be used in: buttermilk, candy, cheese (and cream cheese), clarified butterfat
(ghee,) kefir (alcoholic beverage,) yogurt... or incorporated in a number of bath and
beauty care products as well.
  The Anglo-Nubian breed is considered as the best producers of quality goat milk.
But other breeds like the: Alpine, La Mancha, Oberhasli, Saanen and Toggenburg also
yield great milk outputs.
  4. Raising goats as pets.
  Pet goats are usually chosen for their quiet and docile demeanors. However, many
people choose animals that are low maintenance as well. Some of the best breeds that
can be raised as home or farm pets are the: Anglo-Nubian, Pygmy goat, and the South
African Boer goat. Raising goats does not need to be difficult if you know how. If you
would like to learn more tips about raising goats and avoid the costly mistakes, please
visit: http://www.raising-goats.com.

								
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