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Ken Ziemer

Joined 23 months ago from Yellville. Arkansas

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Ken and his wife Candy love to farm and work with animals, especially goats. They also have a dog, a lama, several cats, peacocks, turkeys, and chickens. Ken has always been interested in genetics and livestock breeding.

Ken has a degree in agriculture from the University of Wisconsin and has over 50 years of experience raising goats having purchased his first registered dairy goats in 1962 while still a graduate student at UW. Candy was raised on a goat farm and has worked with goats all her life. They were married in 1966 and purchased their farm near Yellville, Arkansas, in 1967, where they still live. They brought 80 head of dairy goats with them when they moved to Arkansas from Wisconsin. At one time they had over 200 head of dairy goats.

They started breeding full blood Boer meat goats in 1999. Their goal is to breed a Boer goat that is very hardy and resistant to internal parasites. Internal parasites are a major problem with goats, especially in warm humid climates.

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  • Forages for Meat Goats
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    Forages for Meat Goats

    11 months ago

    These are the forages we use to provide high quality, permanent pastures for meat goats.

  • Feeding Meat Goats
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    Feeding Meat Goats

    14 months ago

    The proper feeding of meat goats is important for keeping them healthy and productive. The most efficient way to feed goats is to let them harvest their own feed from good quality pasture forages.

  • Meat Goat Breeds
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    Meat Goat Breeds

    11 months ago

    There is very important genetic material in each of the meat goat breeds. Each breed needs to be promoted and improved so they can contribute to the genetic base of our commercial meat goat herd.

  • Breeding Meat Goats
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    Breeding Meat Goats

    14 months ago

    Breed for hardiness, resistance to internal parasites (worms in the intestinal tract,) fertility, and mothering ability (important characteristics for determining the profitability of meat goats.)

  • Raising Meat Goats - Obstacles to Success
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    Raising Meat Goats - Obstacles to Success

    13 months ago

    The main challenges for meat goat producers are fencing, predator control, and controlling internal parasites (stomach worms.) Each of these challenges is unique to raising goats.

  • Is Raising Meat Goats for You?
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    Is Raising Meat Goats for You?

    19 months ago

    Raising meat goats can be fun for the entire family, and it can be profitable if you do it right.

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