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Raising Your Own Goats Will Be One Of The Best Decisions You'll Ever Make

Your own, home-raised goats will provide you with hightly nutritious, fresh and tasty meat and milk. Goat meat contains less fat than most other meats available. It is one of the most healthy meats to be eating. Goat milk is also great for kids due to it's composition which make sit so much easier to digest.

Among all other great reasons to raise our own goats, becoming more and more self-sufficient is probably one of the best things. Eating the food that you have raised your self will make you and your family healthier and happier, knowing that your food does not contain any of the harmful chemicals other meats and milk do.

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Introducing A Beginner's Guide To Raising Goats

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  • How to tell healthy from a sick goat when buying...
  • Simple ways to choose the right goat for you...
  • Proven steps to proper housing...
  • Keys to determine goat's age...
  • What you should never do when it comes to transporting goats...
  • How to seed the goat pasture...
  • Proven strategies for housing goats...
  • When to vaccinate...
  • Tips and tricks for caring for goats...
  • A pennies on the dollar approach to feeding...
  • How often to milk the goats...
  • How to communicate with goats...
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The Goat Chapter 1

The goat is among the most common herbivores in the world. It is the common name for mammals under the genus Capra. Three of the nine different species of goats are the makhor, ibexes and wild goats with about three hundred breeds determined. Capra aegagrus hircus or the domestic goat is a subspecies of the wild goat under the family Bovidae. Because it is under the said family, it is closely related to the sheep that they often have similar characteristics.

A Little Goat History

Since the Neolithic Age about 10,000 to 11,000 years ago, goats were already used as sources of milk and meat. Aside from that, the goat’s dung can be used as fuel while the hair, sinew and bones are usually used as clothing, tools and building. Goat hide is also used in making wine bottles, water bottles and parchment.

The Domestic Goat

The domestic goat today came from the wild goats found in Eastern Europe and Asia. Domesticated goats no longer have horns since they are removed unlike the wild goats. Being the first domesticated animals, goats have been trained to interact with humans and dogs.

Breeds of Goat

About 200 breeds of goat exist and they are classified according to their use such as fiber, dairy, meat and production of goat skin. There are also goat breeds for goats as companion. The most number of goat breeds are those for the production of dairy followed by meat, fiber, goat skin and companion goat breeds accordingly. Aside from their use, goat breeds are named depending on the place where they are most likely found.

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Owning A Goat Chapter 2

Are You Ready?

Once you have finally decided to own a goat and start raising them, you have to ensure that you are ready before buying one. As mentioned, taking care of goats is not an easy task and you really have to be prepared to be successful.

Goats as Pets or Livestock

Being sociable and tamed animals, goats have been considered as pets. And as much as it is not very traditional to have them as pets, there is increasing number of people acquiring them as pets or as show goats. Goats need food and water to survive. And both as pets or farm animals they also need to be cleaned and trained. Thus if you plan to raise goats, you have to feed them, give them water, clean them and their shelter or habitat and of course train them.

Selecting a Breed

Goats are classified into breeds depending on their primary use. Thus in selecting the breed of goat that you want to take care of, you should first think about your reasons on why you wanted to raise goats. The previous chapter listed some of the most common breeds of goat for a particular primary use and this section further describes the meat goat, the dairy goat and the Cashmere goat.

The Meat Goat

Goat meat is recently gaining popularity in the market in the United States because of its lower fat content than beef or lamb. Thus the demand for goat meat is definitely increasing with almost 80% of the world eating goat meat. With that, breeding goats for the meat is also becoming a popular venture.

The Dairy Goat

Even though goat meat is becoming quite popular, the most common reason for raising goats is because of the dairy products that can be obtained from them. The milk from goat is better in some areas than cow milk. Most people prefer goat milk over others because goat milk is easily digested and have lower lactose content that it is a great choice for both babies and the elderly. Remember that lower lactose content would mean lower chance for intolerance. Aside from the kind of milk they produce, they are easier to take care than dairy cows. Add to that their ability to easily adapt to environments compared to dairy cows as well.

The Cashmere Goat

Aside from the meat and the dairy that goats can provide, they can also provide fiber. The Cashmere goat which is white in color is responsible for this and the Cashmere fiber is very popular all over the world. It is also a growing business in the US which started last 1990 when Cashmere goats were first imported from New Zealand and Australia.

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Getting the Right Goat Chapter 3

Once you have decided to purchase a goat, you should know how to choose the right and the best goat for you. Before making your purchase, you should already have in your mind what breed and size of goat is most suited for you. This chapter is all about finding the right and best goat that you can raise. It will also specifically guide you in choosing for the best dairy goat and meat goats. Other information such as goat horns, best places to buy goats and the best form of travel for goats are also included in this chapter.

Beginning of search

It can be a really difficult task to choose the perfect goat especially since there are a hundred of breeds available for each goat type. Besides, many aspiring goat breeders are not really animal specialists who can easily note if this particular goat is the best among the many available choices. Consulting veterinarians, animal specialists or friends who have raised goats can be resorted to in order to make your search easier. However, some tips are also available in this chapter for you to start goat raising on your own.

The best goat for you

One of the most important criteria in choosing the best goat is its health. The best goat, whether you are selecting for a dairy or a meat goat, must be healthy. Choosing a healthy goat is described further in the latter sections of this chapter.

Choosing a dairy goat

In choosing a dairy goat, you should examine its general appearance. Before describing the general appearance of a good dairy goat, some important terms that would be used in this section should be defined first.

Choosing a meat goat

The goat meat is termed as mutton or chevon. Again, a good meat goat can be assessed based on its physical appearance. A meat goat should have a square body similar to a block. They must have a heavy looking form in the chest and the legs. The chest and legs should also be wide. Finally, the back of a meat goat should also be thick and flat.

Horned or unhorned goats

Goats of both sexes grow beards and horns. Due to evolution, hornless goats became available. Goats which do not have horns upon birth are said to possess the gene which is linked to hermaphroditism. A hermaphrodite goat is a goat having both the female and the male’s sex organs. It has been said that hermaphroditism is linked with having no horns since scientists have observed that most hornless does look like a male goat, they also have underdeveloped internal sex organs resulting to infertility. Meanwhile, hornless bucks are fertile but their semen is commonly blocked that they cannot mate. On the other hand, all goats which have horns are fertile. Breeding hornless with horned goats result to hermaphrodite goats about 25 to 50 percent of the time where further breeding is no longer possible.

Where to buy goats

There are a lot of places where you can purchase goats. For beginners, contacting an association for regional breeding of goats can be a great first step. Associations as such have contacts with expert goat breeders and you can seek their advice on goat breeding and check if they have available bucks that are good for breeding.

Choosing a healthy goat

As mentioned earlier, choosing the best goat means choosing the healthy one. A healthy goat is important especially if you want to raise one for consumption or for breeding. For one, you can tell that a goat is healthy if it is sociable. Aside from that observation, a healthy goat can be easily assessed with careful examination of its eyes, nose and coat. A goat’s coat must be shiny and smooth; its eyes must be clear and bright and its nose must be cool and dry. A healthy goat should eat well. A healthy goat’s waste should be small and dry balls while its urine should be bright brown in color. Dried excretions on the tail of the goat are signs of diarrhea.

Transporting a goat

Another obligation that comes with raising goats is transporting the goat from the store to your home or your farm. Transportation of goats should be done carefully as goats are easily frightened and stressed. Sick or thin goats should not be transported especially if they are very weak. Loading of goats should be properly done. Do not lift goats by using their horns, ears, head, legs or hair instead hold them firmly on the body. Separating the big goats from the small ones is a precautionary measure that must be taken to prevent injuries. Closed confinement may result to fights and you would not want any of your goats injured. Bedding should also be placed inside the confinement for the goats to have secure footing as they are easily scared if their footing is unstable and the vehicle is already moving. Baby goats should be driven inside the vehicle. On short trip, they can be placed on one’s lap for more comfort. In any case that you are not able to provide a comfortable transport for your new goats, you can ask the seller to deliver them to your home or farm.

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Housing and Pasture Chapter 4

Housing and pasture are two of the most important factors to consider when wanting to own a goat. These two are also some of the things that you must have and you must prepare for once you have decided to own and raise a goat.

Ideal Housing

The ideal housing for a certain goat type differs from one type to another. Generally however, goats’ shelter should give comfort to the animals and that their health should be the main consideration all the time. Thus, an ideal housing for goats is one which is well ventilated and dry. The ceilings, walls and floors of the goat housing should not be damp since goats do not like being wet. Aside from that, the containers for water and goat food such as hay or grain should also be well built. They should be located in such a way that contamination of the feeds is avoided. This is important to ensure that your goats are always healthy.

Size requirements for housing

The size requirements for housing of goats depend on the type of housing that you wish to build. Generally, the shelter should have enough headroom for both the goats and the goat keepers to be able to stand upright inside the housing. If the goats are housed separately, each goat must at least have 4 square meters of space. The door or pen height of the shelter should at least be 1.3 meters. However, this measurement should also differ depending on the breed or type of the goats that you will raise.

Stable conditions

In building housing for your goats, three of the most important things that you should always consider are temperature, ventilation and lighting. The temperature inside the goat stable or housing can greatly affect the productivity of the goats and the humans as well. The temperature range at which goats, specifically dairy goats, are most comfortable is 55 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit. Goats are more sensitive to high temperatures that it is important to keep their housing cool during summer than worry about keeping them warm during winter. If the temperature increases beyond 80 degrees Fahrenheit, milk output is already affected. This is because the food intake of dairy goats is reduced when it is hot. However, milk output is not affected when the temperature range is 0 to 55 degrees Fahrenheit.

Housing of Young Stock

Housing for young stock should be separated from that of the milking herd. These kids are usually kept first in a box stall which has a minimum area of 4 feet square. The box stall which can be made of plywood should also have one side which can be opened or closed to easily permit the movement of air.

Housing for the milking herd

The two types of housing mentioned earlier which are loose housing and stall barns are the two types of housing usually used for dairy goats. Aside from these two types of housing, a milking area for dairy goats should be provided. The milking area should have concrete floors for easy cleaning. The platform must be elevated by 15 to 18 inches from the floor while the manger should be a foot wide and 6 inches in deep. These measurements will ensure easier milking of the goats.

Fencing

Having fences is also important especially around the grazing area or the open space where goats can move freely. This will prevent the dogs from attacking the goats and will also keep the goats away from the shrubs, trees and the neighbors.

Goat Pasture

Forage species are plants that are eaten by grazing animals which include goats. In establishing goat pasture, the species and the rates at which seeding occurs should be considered.

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Feeding and Nutrition Chapter 5

The type of feeding program and the nutritional needs of goats vary from one type of goat breed to another. There are recommended nutritional guidelines and feeding program for each type of goat – meat goats, dairy goats, growing goats, mature goats, milking herd, and kids. Knowing the type of food and the required nutritional need of these goats are important especially if you wish to raise and breed goats.

The goat's digestive system

Understanding the digestive system of the goat is important for you to know the type of forage species and feeds that will be most beneficial to your herd or pets.

As mentioned, the goat is one of the animals which are considered ruminants. Ruminants are animals which chew the cud. The cud is the food which enters the first stomach and goes back to the mouth of the animal to be chewed again. Ruminants have stomachs which have four chambers. These types of stomachs are adequately designed to digest foods which are high in fiber such as silage, hay and grass. Thus, most herbivores are actually ruminants.

Basic nutritional requirements

The nutritional requirements of goats vary depending on what stage of development they are in. This section in this chapter will talk about the most basic nutritional requirements of goats that you, as goat keeper must know.

One of the most important requirements is a proper provision of energy which can come from carbohydrates and fats. This is important since energy determines if goats will be productive. If energy is deficient, growth of kids can be retarded, puberty delayed, fertility reduced and milk production will be reduced. The energy requirement can be attained by having adequate intake of feeds and having a high quality diet. Next is protein, proteins are important for a goat since they are responsible for synthetic processes and repair of cells. Phosphorus is a mineral which should also be included in the basic nutritional requirements of goats. This mineral is important for the development of bones and tissues.

Formulation of goat feed

Pasture is the cheapest source of feed for goats. Usually, high quality forages in one’s pasture is already enough for the proper goat nutrition needed by your herd or your pets. However, having a feeding program for your goats which contains a balanced meal of forages, grains, hay, shrub plants and browse is also important. The formulation of goat feed will again differ depending on the stage of development that you goats are in.

Art and science of goat feeding

Goat feeding is both an art and a science as it requires both creativity and scientific knowledge to be able to provide your goats of all the basic nutritional requirements that they need. Just the same, goat feeding is both quantitative and qualitative. One should be able to input the right amount of nutrients by knowing the concentration of each nutrient in each feed ingredient. Use of equations, thus a background on mathematics is also required. Goat feeding is qualitative in a sense that goat keepers should not only worry about having the right amount of nutrients for a feed but also put into mind the quality of the feeds to be given to the goats and the way that these feeds will be given to them.

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Goat Care Chapter 6

Goat Grooming

After knowing some basic information about goats, you need to know how to take care of your pets. One of the ways that include goat care is goat grooming. Goat grooming is an important part of raising goats. It includes dehorning or removal of horns, disbudding, hoof care and hair care.

Dehorning

Horns are part of a goat’s body. They also have quite a number of uses for goats. For one, horns are not only designed to attack other goats, they are also designed to protect the skull from blows from other goats. Horns can also regulate temperature or supply of blood; they can also indicate the rate of protein metabolism. The age of goats with horns can also be easily detected through the annual rings of the horns. The horns can also act as handles that goats can easily be controlled by goat keepers.

Disbudding

Disbudding is the other method for horn removal. It involves removal of the buds of the horns of young goats. This is the most common process used since it is really advisable for goats to be removed of horns when they are still young.

Hoof Care

Aside from the horns, the hooves are other body parts of goats which require care and attention. Hooves which are not in good shape or are overgrown may lead to goat ailments and even death. The conditions of goat’s hooves also depend on climate and the environment. Hoof trimming is an important process which is also necessary especially during rainy or wet weather.

Hair care

Among the processes of goat care, hair care for goats is perhaps the easiest and least painful experience for goats. The things that you have to worry about goat hair are mites, ring worms, fleas or other parasites that may infect the goat’s coat and skin.

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Goat Health and Sickness Chapter 7

The main objective of caring for your goats is making them stay healthy all the time. Being healthy means not being sick or not suffering from any ailments that will make your goat weak and unhappy. Thus, to be able to fully fulfill this obligation, one should know the different ailments that goats may suffer from.

Recognizing sickness and injuries

Recognizing if a goat is sick or injured is important. This will allow you to further observe your goat for other symptoms and give the necessary first aid measures to prevent a more serious ailment. Being observant is the key to successfully recognizing if a goat is sick.

Vaccination

Vaccination is an important prevention for most goat diseases. Some diseases which will be further discussed later include rabies, abortions, caseous lumphadentitais, sore mouth and clostridial diseases like tetanus and type C or D enterotoxemia. Most of the vaccines are best to be administered while the goats are still young.

Common goat diseases

Like other animals, there are a variety of common diseases that infect goats that you as a goat keeper must take note of. These diseases are often caused by viruses, bacteria and parasites. The symptoms for each disease may overlap that careful observation and experience are really essential to fully learn how to diagnose a certain sickness. Asking for medical help is advised to ensure the prevention of more serious sickness that may infect your goats.

Parasite control and drenching (de-worming)

Goats are often susceptible to worms, and immunization cannot be done. These parasites most especially coccidian and worms in the stomach can cause severe damage. In fact, a lot of goats’ deaths are mainly due to stomach worms.

Skin problems of goats

Aside from the common goat diseases, goats also experience several skin problems. And they are also categorized according to the type of microorganism causing the skin problem. In this case, the different microorganisms can be fungi, parasite, virus and bacteria. We cover Fungal, Parasitic, Viral and Bacterial skin problems.

Wounds and injuries

Wounds and injuries are also common problems with goats. There are wounds or injuries that can be handled alone while there are some which already requires medical help. And as a goat keeper, you should know which of those wound injuries can be handled.

First aid kit and general supplies

Despite the many goat diseases and skin problems, goats do not really get sick that often. However, for emergency purpose, you as goat keeper must also know some basic procedures be able to handle goats incase of sickness and injury. First aid treatment is important and along with it, you should have your own first aid kit. Your first aid kit should include medicines for first aid treatment and materials that may be needed in conducting first aid procedure. Add to that some of the most general supplies that you may need in taking care and raising goats.

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Getting Ready to Breed Chapter 8

Breeding is an important aspect of any goat raising venture. But before allowing your goats to breed, you first need to know some things about goats such as the does’ reproductive cycle, the right breeding age, determining the limitation and detection of estrus or the period of excitement for does and the relationship of fertility and hornlessness. This section will talk about the mentioned facts followed by a chapter on breeding itself.

Reproductive cycle

The goat’s reproductive cycle is quite similar to the sheep especially since they come from the same family although there are some differences too. Goats require a joining period of five weeks and the maiden does should not be mixed with the adult does. Once a doe is already pregnant, it should not be stressed. Before kidding or giving birth occurs, the does should be looked after carefully since it is the most convenient time for predators to attack. After giving birth, the kids which are already three months should be separated. They should also be further separated according to sex.

Breeding Age

The estrus period of does usually occur during autumn. Autumn is denoted by shorter days and longer nights, one you already observed this it is safe to assume that the breeding season has already started. For countries which have temperate climates or those countries which can be found near the equator, the estrus period can be all year round. The right breeding age for does is usually one year old for after a year, the doe’s body is already mature and pregnancy is already safe to occur with its fully grown and developed size. Gestation or pregnancy period occurs for 5 months or around 150 days thus after successful breeding by fall, does may give birth on spring.

Estrus (Heat) detection and limitation

As mentioned, estrus also often called as heat is the period where the does are most sexually receptive or the period of sexual excitement for the does. This is a cycle and it changes depending on the season. The first estrus happens in the late summer until mid-winter. A cycle may last for at least twenty one days.

Hornlessness and fertility

As mentioned in the earlier chapters of this e-book, goats can have horns and do dehorning to remove the horns while there are some which are really born without horns. The trait of being hornless for goats which is also termed as polled is said to be connected to infertility. Thus, it is common for goat raisers to breed goats which have horns.

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Goat Breeding and Baby Goat Care Chapter 9

Mating Habits and Behavior

Reproduction is a notable characteristic of living organisms as life would not flourish on Earth if plants and animals did not produce offspring. Reproduction is the key to the continuation of the species. Each animal species has its own unique way of producing offspring, such manner of reproduction being the product of evolution and partially influenced also by human control or intervention as in the case of animal breeders enhancing reproduction through the use of scientific methods.

Preparing bucks for breeding

For breeding purposes, bucks must be prepared for the important task by providing them with good nutrition, disease and parasite control, breeding soundness exam, and a general physical examination. The kidding rate is drastically affected if the buck is reproductively unsound. As such, a good physical conditioning of the buck, especially a young one, is necessary. Young bucks need nutrients for both semen production and body growth; otherwise a stunted condition may occur. Using the bucks too young or too heavily for breeding may stunt their growth or reduce their useful lives.

Pregnancy

A doe must be in good health in preparation for breeding as an overweight or chronically ill doe is not an ideal candidate. An examination by a veterinarian will decide if a doe is ready for pregnancy or motherhood has to be postponed for the following year. Many goat breeders schedule an appointment with the veterinarian by late summer or at the start of every fall to check on the health of the does that are being prepared for pregnancy.

Goar fetus development

Goat pregnancy takes 150-155 days from the time egg is implanted in the uterus up to birth. The heartbeat of the fetus becomes apparent by day 20 and between 28 and 35 days the limb buds or segments can be seen. Between 35 and 42 days, the digits can be differentiated from the limb bud. The embryo enters the stage of fetus by the end of the 42nd day.

Pregnant Doe Care

Normal health and feeding practices must be continued on the pregnant does. The breeder must ensure that they get their usual minerals and feed for the first three months of pregnancy. Feeding may be gradually raised until kidding time but efforts must be exerted to not overfeed the pregnant does as fat can cause pregnancy problems. Correct feeding is certain to ensure a healthy lactation. It will also ensure that the doe will be in good body condition when she kids.

Complications of Pregnancy

Goat pregnancy, just like any mammal pregnancy, encounters problems and complications, especially if health problems or issues are present. The following are some of the most common problems that impact pregnancy: Congenital and development defects, Uterine rupture, Uterine torsion, Ringworb, Toxemia and Ketosis, Periparturient Edema, Hypocalcaemia, Mastitis, Retained placenta and Metritis.

Kidding

As the time gets closer to giving birth, 150-155 days of pregnancy, the doe’s body starts to get ready. The doe’s udder gets swollen with colostrums and milk but such will not point a definite day of kidding as some does bag up days or weeks before while others wait until they deliver before coming up with milk. The labia and vulva area becomes puffy, swollen, and a little loose. The doe’s tail ligaments begin to open up also, getting ready for the baby to come through the birth canal. A doe appears really pregnant, with rounded belly, for about the last two months but she starts to look hollowed up, looking not pregnant at all, when she is ready to go.

Raising Kids

After birth, the mother and the kids need to be together in one stall for the first few days, giving them time to bond and for them not to be bothered by the other members of the herd. This will also ensure that the kids have full access to their mother's milk.

Health of the kids

Pneumonia is the most common respiratory infection that account for goat death, especially kids. Common symptoms of pneumonia include fever, difficulty in breathing, running nose, yellowish-green mucous discharge, and cough. Immediate treatment is needed as pneumonia kills so quickly. There are now available vaccines that could help prevent pneumonia in goats.

Goat castration

Castration is the removal of the testicles to prevent aggressive behavior. The process is performed when the male kid is just a few days old. There are different castration methods that can be used, as follows: Burdizzo, Elastrator and Traditional.

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Goat Products

Goat Milk Chapter 10

Goat milk is delicious, with a slightly sweet and a little salty undertone. While not that popular in the United States, goat milk is the milk of choice in most of the world. Unlike cow's milk, goat milk need not be homogenized, a process of emulsifying the fat particles in milk in order to give it an even consistency and prevent the cream from separating from the rest of the milk. The fat globules in cow's milk tend to separate to the surface, goat milk's globules, which are much smaller, remain suspended in the solution.

Milking essentials

A suitable milking structure, a milking house or a milking barn, must be provided for milking does in order to minimize contamination of milk and to provide comfort for the goats. The milking barn must have a concrete or any impervious material flooring for easy cleaning; wood must not be used as floor material as it will be difficult to clean and it might be a good breeding ground for bacteria. Walls and ceilings must be dust-tight, smooth, and painted as required by most regulatory agencies. The structure must be kept in good repair and the barn floor must be sloping away from the milk room. There must be sufficient ventilation to eliminate condensation on the ceiling and the walls, and minimize odor build-up.

Milking procedure

Sanitation is a very important consideration in milking a goat. The entry of bacteria into the end of the teat canal must be minimized. The person milking the goat must use sterile latex or nitrile gloves. If the milker should choose not to wear gloves, his hands must be washed thoroughly and must be kept clean throughout the milking process.

Handling of milk

Make sure the milk is adequately cooled; adequately cooled milk must have no foam on the surface. Allow the milk bucket to stay in the ice bath until you are sure that it is adequately cooled. Immediately remove the milk bucket from the ice bath once the ice cubes have fully melted. Strain the milk into a clean receptacle after it is adequately cooled. Weigh the milk and record the weight and the quantity in the appropriate record sheet.

Dairy products

Goat milk can be used for drinking, cooking, and baking. Goat milk is used in the production of cheese, butter, ice cream, yogurt, candy, soap and other beauty products. Goat milk is relatively whiter than cow's milk; therefore, butter and cheese made from goat milk are white but are usually colored during processing. Goat milk has smaller fat globules and small curd that is why dairy products made from goat milk are smoother and cream-like.

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Goat Meat Chapter 11

Goat meat, called chevon when from an adult and cabrito when from a young animal, is one of the most widely-consumed meats in the world, being a staple in Africa, Asia, and South/Central America. It is considered as a delicacy in European cuisines. Goat meat is very popular part of cuisines in the Middle East, India, Pakistan, Mexico, and the Caribbean.

The market for goat meat

About 1.5 million pounds of goat meat is imported from Australia and New Zealand every week and the demand is rising. The demand for chevon or cabrito in the United States cannot be met by local producers, hence the importation.

Ethnic market opportunities

The Hispanic ethnic group has grown dramatically in the U.S., from 22.3 million in 1990 to 37.4 million in 2002, an increase of 67.5 percent. Hispanics now constitute the largest minority group in the nation and their number is still projected to increase. This is very significant to the goat meat producers because Hispanics consume more goat meat than whites.

Holiday demand

Demand for goat meat increases during holidays. Goat producers must be aware of the dates of these holidays in order to prepare their stock. They must be aware, though, that Muslim holidays are based on the lunar calendar which is 11 days shorter than the solar calendar which means that these holidays do not fall on the same days each solar year.

Slaughtering and butchering

While the idea may not be too pleasing, the destiny of many goats is to be slaughtered and used as meat. Goats that have no place in the herd will always find a room in the freezer. For a lot of goats, their reason for being is to be slaughtered for their good tasting, low fat meat called "chevon".

Goat meat recipes

There are a variety of ways of preparing goat meat. You can make stew, or curry; you can bake it, grill it. You can make kabobs, sausages, or goat jerky. You can mince goat meat, can it, or fry it. Goat meat is served raw in thin slices as "yagisashi" in Japan. The rice preparation of mutton biryani in India uses goat meat as its primary ingredient. Curry goat is a very common Indo-Caribbean dish.

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Other Goat Products Chapter 12

Goats are prized animals not only for their milk and meat or because they are kept as pets or groomed for shows. They also provide other important and valuable products. We cover Fiber, Mohair, Cashmere, Hide and Catgut products.

The Economics of Goat Keeping

More people consume goat meat and milk than meat and milk from cows. It is because there are more goats than cows in the regions of the world that are mountainous, arid, or semi-tropical. Goat can survive on scarce grass and brush in an environment where there is scarce grain resources needed by dairy cattle to survive. At times, goat production is done as an adjunct to cattle production as a way of controlling obnoxious weeds and brush to improve pastures for cows and other livestock.

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