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Keeping Goats For Milk

Updated on November 20, 2012

Are You Thinking On Raising Goats For Milk?

Keeping goats for milk is one primary intention of most breeders and goat herders in starting a profitable business, and this may play as both an advantage and a disadvantage depending on how much dedication can be put for the work to be done well.

Statistics show more of what we do not know than what we do: most especially in agricultural countries, goats are excellent sources of milk than their bovine counterparts. In turn, goats also show to be worthy investments: ready to adjust to changing weather, they do not need too much space, are inexpensive and will definitely be happy with a reasonable parcel of land to graze in. Plus, fully grown female goats (does) are comparatively smaller in size (almost 20% smaller) than cows, thus guaranteeing ease in handling. They also exhibit exceptional intelligence and can adapt well to their environment, as well as with the company of other animals in your backyard. You can never go wrong with these very robust, energetic creatures. Thus in saying, we list down five of the most important pointers goat owners should (or should not) overlook in taking care of goats - and you should know about these too.

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5 Important Pointers in Keeping Goats for Milk

keeping goats for milk
keeping goats for milk

1. Ensure a conducive environment for your would-be dairy goats. Remember that though they are highly capable of adapting to the sudden temperature changes, a shelter is and will always be the answer to their biggest needs as always. As they are infamous to escape from prescribed spaces, regulate the shelter you create for them with fences or wire that create a good ventilation system, as well as good roofing. This way, no bad weather or predators can get through.

Also, if you consider having more than one goat, the number of goats in a shelter may be an advantage or a disadvantage depending on the situation. In cold weather, the more goats there are, the bigger heat is produced from their bodies, making sure their huddling keeps them warm inside the shelter. However, you should know that in keeping goats for milk, it is not advisable to hoard dairy goats within a limited space, since it may affect all three factors of growth, health and their production of good milk.

2. Consider the type of dairy goat you would want to milk. There are a lot of good choices out there in the market, so do yourself a favor of doing some extra research to yield the best milk in this investment you’re doing. La Manchas, a breed often best prescribed for beginning owners for their god temperament, make good choices as dairy goats as well as Saanens and Nubians, for the reason that they yield large amounts of milk high in butterfat at certain time intervals. If you intend to buy one, it is always a good recommendation to buy from breeders as you can guarantee their health before you purchase them.

3. Exercise good litter (and hygiene) management. For owners keeping goats for milk, it is a good measure to make sure to keep their flooring well-maintained with fresh straw or wood shavings. Place these hays in spaces that are clean, not in susceptibly wet (and often dirtied) areas. If the old shavings sizably accumulate, remember to clean up the litter or the shelter floor itself every once in a while. Also, create a sizable distance between the water trough (or the water source) and the susceptible areas where goats are expected to accumulate their litter, just so you are assured they don’t get sick. Ideal areas for the buckets or troughs of water are in an accessible area in the shed or where they graze outside, in the barnyard.

4. Feed them well! They mostly require two meals per day, with a good diet of hay (alfalfa) and commercial pellets. As goats are not picky in eating, remember that if you intend to put variety in their food it is only because you want them to yield the best type of milk possible. So about two or three pounds of store-brought, nutrient feeds will do the trick in making good milk. In keeping goats for milk, a good mix of vegetables along with the hay and the pellets also induce god digestion, so don’t forget to put variety in their food, but not too much!

5. Breed your nannies. Of course, the best advice we can give you is that it won’t make much sense that you milk your goats if they can’t lactate. And for them to do so, you must breed them. Once they’re pregnant, you’ll have to halt the milking process, but a week after birth of the new kids will do so you can proceed. This plays as an advantage for you too, as you can have more goats to keep you company.

However you treat this activity of keeping goats for milk, may this be for enjoyment or for profit, once you get the hang of it, it won’t seem much like a bothersome thing to do. As goats are also natural charmers like your dogs and cats, you’ll be sure to have a good time with them.

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