In some parts of the world, goat farming for meat is very common. Even though persons in the United States don’t commonly consume goat meat, many other cultures and countries do. This does not mean that the United States farmers cannot or should not raise goats for meat. There is a market for it, albeit a much smaller one than beef. If you decide to raise goats for meat, there are certain things that you must know and adhere to, in order to ensure that the goats stay healthy and produce good, quality meat.
The first thing that should be noted is that goats, especially goats raised for meat, need a lot of room to roam around. You should have at least a few acres. Goats that are forced to live in too close quarters will often suffer from various diseases, stress, crowding and ailments. The goats have to be to walk and run around to relieve stress and get a proper amount of exercise.
To ensure that the goats have a big enough grazing area, shoot for 1-2 acres per goat. Obviously, this may not be possible for everyone, but it is recommended. Goats will eat grass. However, feel free to supplement their diet with hay (especially during the winter), grain-based products made especially for goats. You should be able to find the latter at a feed store in your area.
It is also very important that you provide your goats with plenty of water. You can use a trough, bucket or an automatic water station. A water station that is automated will probably be your best choice if you can afford it because it will ensure that the water is clean and it will mean less work for you. You won’t have to continually worry about refilling their water.
Providing adequate shelter for your meat producing goats is especially important. You need to make sure that it is large enough to house all of your animals without overcrowding. Housing does not have to be fancy. A large barn would work just fine. If you use a barn, it is important that it has hay and free rooms as well as stalls.
Salt lick and mineral blocks can be very beneficial for your animals. This helps to improve their health. You can research and use special recipes if you are interested. Place the block in a shelter on top of something else to help with clean up.
Fencing is also vitally important. If you are not willing to invest in a fence, you put your goats at risk for predators and also give them an opportunity to reek havoc on other people’s property. You will not want to have to deal with angry neighbors who want you to pay for damages done to their property by your goats. Although goat fences, tend to be cheaper then other types of fencing, it still will require a pretty hefty investment especially if you have a lot of lands.
Raising meat goats can be quite enjoyable but it does require a lot of work and knowledge. As long as you are willing to learn what you need to know and apply it, you should find that experience fairly enjoyable and potentially profitable.
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Why Should You Even Think About Raising Goats?
Goat is so huge right now, especially in the United States, because of the demand. The demand is so big that suppliers are having a challenging time keeping up. In fact, they are really not keeping up, so much much so that they have to import goat meat from other countries, just to be able to supply people with what they desperately want.
And you know what happens when there is high demand for something; people are willing to pay top dollar for it. Are you starting to see the opportunity here?
But why goat meat? What is so special about goat meat?
It is leaner! And consuming leaner red meat means less cholesterol intake for you, which is great health! Not to mention that you will be saving thousands of dollars from trips to the doctor!
Another great advantage in consuming goat meat is that it is easier to digest! It is a sure winner for people who have digestive problems.
If you decide to be one of the people who seize the opportunity in raising goats and ultimately supplying it, you are on your way to major major profits!