Keeping Goats For Meat

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Keeping Goats For Meat

 

Raising and keeping goats for meat can both enjoyable and profitable. It only requires very simple pieces of equipment and only the basic concepts of management. Here are a few pointers that you may follow to rear goats for commercial purposes.

 

First, you need to protect your goats from predators and from harmful elements.

Use woven wires to build a fence around the pasture and the grazing area. Make sure that it is high enough to prevent the goats from jumping over them. You also need to build a shelter that will protect them from the rain and from too much heat if you plan on keeping goats for meat. Make sure that the shelter is big enough to hold the goats that you are planning to have. Install a good water system inside the shelter and around the area. Ensure that the feeding bunks are spaced far away from each other to avoid overcrowding during feeding times.

 

Next, you need to choose which breed of goats you want to raise. Decide whether you primarily want to produce milk or dairy?

Different breeds produce meat and milk better than others. Ensure that you have the right proportion of female and male goats. Have a veterinarian check your goats every once in a while to ensure that they are breeding properly and that they are free from any illness. You also need to decide how you want to breed your goats if you plan on rearing goats for meat. There are artificial insemination options that you may look into if you feel that they will benefit your business more than normal insemination will. Build a pen around the buck, which is the male goat, to isolate him from the rest.

 

Be sure to closely monitor pregnant goats. Have them checked by a veterinarian to ensure that the pregnancy is going well. Build a pen for the younger goats to keep them from getting hurt by the bigger ones.

Another important aspect is learn how to market your products properly. If you feel that you can no longer support the number of goats that you have, consider selling a few goats on a livestock auction. Just make sure to keep the younger females in your possession so that you can continue on with keeping goats for meat.

 

Next is before you begin your journey, you are also advice to learn the financial implications or cost of keeping goats.

The first thing do is to classify the costs into categories. The major categories are the costs for animals, feed supplements, health, transportation, land, labor, transportation, selling, administration and other miscellaneous costs. Animal costs could be further subdivided into costs for acquiring the doe, buck and the breeding fees. Feeding price involve costs for hay, grain and vitamins.

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Currently, the cost of keeping goats is just cheap compared to other livestock.

The cost for land and shelter include on yearly tax, cost for leasing, fertilization, fencing and guard animals.

Health costs include vaccinations, medicine, and other medical supplies. Tetanus vaccines cost 2 dollars per vial and this is good for three kids already. Anti-worming medicines cost about 8 to 15 dollars per doses of 10 to 20.

 

The labor price of raising goats should also be considered especially if work involved is tedious.

Transportation costs involve the costs incurred in travels for sales, shows, feed stores and symposiums. Also include the meal costs associated with these travels.

 

Administration fees comprise of the association fees, magazine and newspaper subscriptions, and software.

Selling costs are incurred from advertisements, signs and business cards. Other miscellaneous costs include feed buckets, racks and other equipments and supplies.

A common supply like the collar currently costs about 6 dollars. Hoof trimmers are priced at least 14 dollars while milking buckets cost 20 to 30 dollars.

 

Once the above costs have estimates, the next step is to lay them out in a spread sheet and a subtotal per category.

A pie chart could be drawn to have a helicopter view of the cost of keeping goats. Larger pies could be distinguished and alternatives to make them smaller could be considered. An action plan can then be devised for the reduction of fees.

After having run the business for a year, the estimated money of raising goats can be revisited and compared with the actual costs incurred during the year.
 

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