Content tagged "meat goat"

Goat Marketing

Goats Updated: November 23, 2015

Meat Goat MarketingDemographic shifts in the United States indicate that there are almost 53 million people who have a preference for goat meat. There are...

Goat Nutrition Nutrients

Goats Updated: November 16, 2015

Nutrients are defined as substances that aid in the support of life. The six classes of nutrients include protein, carbohydrate, fat, vitamins, minerals, and...

Goat Vegetation Facilities

Goats Updated: November 09, 2015

   Goats being used for vegetation control in the southern United States typically need little shelter. Often goats have enough shade and shelter from the...

Goat Vegetation Parasites

Goats Updated: November 09, 2015

   Parasite problems are generally considerably less when goats are used for vegetation management than when they are grazing conventional pastures. This is...

Goat Vegetation Systems

Goats Updated: November 09, 2015

A major decision is the type of goat enterprise desired for use in vegetation control. Do you want to have a brood goat operation, a stocker goat operation,...

Goat Vegetation Systems Business

Goats Updated: November 09, 2015

   If you want to use goats for brush control, how do you get into the business? The first step is to visit other producers, especially those that are using...

Goat Vegetation Goats Control

Goats Updated: November 09, 2015

   Time is needed for goats to sustainably control brush and weeds. Brush and weeds are not as well adapted to repeated defoliation as are grasses. ...

Goat Vegetation Predators

Goats Updated: November 09, 2015

   Predators are a serious problem in the use of goats for vegetation management as locations are often remote, with habitat that provides natural cover for...

Goat Vegetation Management

Goats Updated: October 26, 2015

For well over 100 years, goats have been used to manage unwanted vegetation in the United States. The role of goats in vegetation management is expected to...

Goat Vegetation Why

Goats Updated: October 26, 2015

The most common reason given by producers wanting to manage vegetation is to grow more grass to produce more beef. There also may be a desire to enhance the...

Goat Organic Production

Goats Updated: October 13, 2015

 Below are some websites that may be helpful if you are interest in starting an organic goat production system:

Goat Operation (Dairy, Meat, Fiber)

Goats Updated: February 24, 2015

Starting in the goat business, it is necessary to know the best management practices of the operation (dairy, meat or fiber) before you begin. The following...

Goat Vegetation Goats Beneficial

Goats Updated: June 24, 2014

Several characteristics of goats make them the animal of choice for vegetation management. Goats are a low-input animal, require a minimum investment for...

Goat Management Wheel

Goats Updated: November 11, 2013

The Meat Goat Management Wheel makes meat goat management and production decisions simple and easy.The wheel is basically a management calendar. To use it,...

Goat Vegetation Goats Dietary

Goats Updated: June 19, 2013

Dietary preferencesIt is necessary for goats to consume a plant in order to control it. Therefore, the question is, “Will goats eat the plant or target...

Goat Facilities

Goats Updated: April 24, 2013

Websites that are available to help in designing facilities for goats:The following plans were developed for Tobacco Barns but will work for any existing...

Ethnic Marketing Issues

Goats Updated: November 14, 2012

Many potential consumers of goat meat are from different ethnic and religious groups that have specific requirements and rules for food. Many of these groups...

Goat Market Grade Examples

Goats Updated: June 29, 2012

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Goat Feeding By-Products

Goats Updated: June 28, 2012

Goat Body Condition Score

Goats Updated: June 28, 2012

The adequacy of a nutritional program can be assessed by observing changes in body weight and condition of the animal. If animals lose weight, body condition...

Goat Feeding the Lactating Doe

Goats Updated: June 28, 2012

The lactating doe has very high nutrient requirements. Calculate the requirements for a 4-year-old, 110-pound Boer cross doe nursing twins in week four of...

Goat Feeding Replacement Bucks and Does

Goats Updated: June 28, 2012

Replacement bucks and does must gain sufficient weight from weaning to breeding to be adequately large and sexually mature. A Spanish doe weaned at 12 weeks...

Goat Feeding Bucks

Goats Updated: June 28, 2012

Mature bucks can obtain most of their nutrients from pasture. However, yearling and 2-year-old bucks have greater nutrient requirements since they are...

Goat Feeding Different Classes

Goats Updated: June 28, 2012

The feeding suggestions that follow are oriented to commercial goat producers. Purebred, show and companion animals are often fed more for larger frames and...

Goat Interactive Nutrient Calculator

Goats Updated: June 28, 2012

Practical goat nutrition involves providing sufficient nutrients for a desired level of productivity (milk, meat, or kids) at a reasonable cost. Nutrients...

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