We recently butchered a 7monthold alpine a popular swiss dairy breed buck. If you want to be successful in goat meat production you must learn how to raise meat goats. Making money with goats milk gets you an even higher profit margin than just selling milk. While there are many books about raising meat goats available. Goat meat is growing in popularity in australia and is also an important export industry. Sixtythree to 65 percent of the red meat consumed globally is goat meat. Farming meat goats provides producers with comprehensive and practical information on all aspects of the goat meat industry.
May 14, 2010 first of all are you thinking meat goats, or milking goats, milk goats are a lot harder to have the require lots of things to work with. May, 2012 meat goats bring good money in my part of the world, and if the weather cooperates, they can pay their way and maybe a bit extra. If youre interested in raising meat goats for profit, you might be wondering if theyre more profitable than dairy goats. The dairy goat handbook is a guidebook for those who would like to raise dairy goats or dream. Many ethnic groups who live in the united statesfrom hispanic to eastern european to southeastern asianrely on the lean, tasty meat as a protein staple. I have been raising kikos for the past 7 years, i do not live in an area where goats are popular or bring high dollar amounts, but my girls have always paid their own way with some left over for me. Breeds, care, dairying farm crawlers farm tractor color history fortress farm trilogy. This is the most practical howto book with real life examples of making management decisions to solve. This presentation offers strategies for making money raising sheep and goats. They can also be crossbred with dairy goats to produce better quality kids. Covers meat breeds, getting started, meat production, kidding and kid raising, health and diseases, feed ration tables, work calendar for goat ranch. How to make money on a goat farm or not mother earth news. A comprehensive book on what you need to know to start raising meat goats for profit. Enjoying pet goats, from feeding and housing to making your own cheese.
Yes, goats can earn you an income on your homestead. The decision as a youth project, meat goats are po pular because of the comparably short time, small investment, and minimal facilities that are needed for success. Number of goats per acre is not relevant to raising meat goats. Currently, in the united states, there is a higher demand for goat meat, also called chevon, than there is a supply.
But after months of research and talking to dozens of people in the meat goat area i determined that raising goats solely for meat will never make you any money. Download for offline reading, highlight, bookmark or take notes while you read the meat goat handbook. A grassbased approach for health, sustainability, and profit. It offers many opportunities for large and smallscale farmers who need to diversify or seek alternative enterprises.
Raising meat goats can be a profitable small farm venture. Established goat entrepreneurs are struggling to provide americas goat meat buyers with a ready supply of tasty, wholesome product. Read unlimited books and audiobooks on the web, ipad, iphone and android. There are so many so many great books about goats and goat products. Richard cobb, extension sheep and meat goat specialist. Mar, 2017 years later, her beloved pets are now earning her money. The complete guide to milk, meat and more storeys guide to raising meat goats storeys guide to raising dairy goats. Boer goats were specifically bred to be easytoraise meat animals. Boer goat profits guide learn how to start a boer goat farm. Storeys guide to raising meat goats book by maggie sayer. You get the real story behind this moneymaking investment. In this 200 page ebook you will read case studies of 73 successful farmers across the.
If you are raising meat goats, you should stick with breeds that are known to have good meat, like the followings. Raising goats by andrew ebooks nook book ebook barnes. A wonderful resource for goat breeders, raising meat goats for profit includes information about the meat breeds, how to get started with meat production, easy to use feed ration tables, real advice for new breeders, kidding and raising kids, how to sell your goats, uptodate information about health and diseases, recipe book, 250 pages of user friendly information. Read storeys guide to raising meat goats, 2nd edition online by. Discover how raising your own meat goats can be a fun and profitable endeavor. Storeys guide to raising meat goats book premier1supplies. Meat goats can be raised with very little sup plemental grain. Dont even think of raising boer goats until you read this guide to proven. Raising goats for meat and milk animals grit magazine. How to make money on a goat farm or not mother earth. Unlike cows or sheep, goats cannot live on grass alone. Once again, state laws apply when selling milk products.
People are raising goats for profit from a long time ago. If youd like to turn a profit raising livestock, consider meat goats. Milking goats are bred for maximum production of highquality milk. First you need a shed and good pasture, a fence, and that is not a low price. A wonderful resource for goat breeders, raising meat goats for profit includes information about the meat breeds, how to get started with meat production, easy to. Are you looking for a money making idea that works well on small acreage and one that your kids will enjoy too. You may need to supplement with hay or pelleted feed in some cases. My husband and i work full time to support the farm financially. When it comes to raising goats for beginners the first step is choosing what type of goat you want. On the other hand meat goats are a good place to start. A really good milk goat can produce a gallon or more of milk per day for about 10 months. Goats sell easily for meat many people prefer goat cheese start getting benefits quickly uses small doses of drugs cheap. Thats the main reason of huge popularity of goat farming business throughout the world. Do you have the capital or money available to get started.
There are certain things that these animals are particular about and once you read this guide you will see what you need to do to keep them happy. Buy a cheap copy of raising meat goats for profit book by gail b. The complete guide to raising meat goats for profit. Offering plenty of tips for creating an economically viable operation and identifying niche markets for your products, storeys guide to raising meat goats shows you how to care for a thriving and productive herd full of healthy and happy animals. Specific breeds are discussed later in this manual.
It is a myth and lie if someone tells you that nowadays a family farm can. Easy to maintain good for people who do not have a lot of money to start with goats make very good manure. Would be better with a lot more textinformation and a lot fewer cute goat pictures. Could i get goat ranching to be a profitable business. Bird nicely written and an excellent bibliographywebsite list for getting more details about particular topics. Expert, handson advice makes it easy to get started raising a healthy herd. Educate yourself visit other goat farms, read books, visit websites, and join goat organizations. How to raise meat goats raising meat goats the essential. Litter size is affected by breed, age, season, and nutrition. Jan 21, 20 whether you want to raise a dairy barn full of milkers, one hundred meat goats for market, a herd of angoras for mohair fiber, or a few pygmies as pets, this book is for you.
Feeding meat goats raising meat goats the essential. Boer goats pack the meat, while spanish goats are more resilient and live longer, healthier lives. Goats are suitable for commercial milk, meat and mohair production. Feb 03, 2017 raising goats for beginners picking your goats. Storeys guide to raising meat goats by maggie sayer.
I am sure there are other books that work well also. Milk goats are the worst on hoofing here, even though weve put out rocks and concrete blocks across the pen entrance to help file down their hooves. Its a wideopen market and many more producers are needed. The goat kids tend to gain the most weight while they are on the doe, still nursing. As long as we can handle expenses and since they are karlas project, we are prepared to have costs go over returns, but we will sell out completely before we spend on hay and feed what i have read some do here. Jun 19, 2016 they also offer a good price for them. Their penchant for eating weeds, leaves, and brush, and their rapid growth, large size, and double muscles make them ideal meat animals. Shop jeffers livestocks selection of books and veterinary manuals about goats, livestock, and other farm animals. While there are many books about raising meat goats available, this one is different in that it is the only book that addresses how to manage meat goats on a commercial scale. I purchased the book thru heifer international for only 15. Author greg christiansen draws on his years of experience in raising meat goats on a commercial scale to explain the principles of managing meat goats as a viable farm. Where the money is is to raise high quality meat goats for sale to others and if you have percentages you sell the bucks to slaughter and and cull animals.
Goats require less space than cattle, and their meat is leaner than other red meats. There is no formula of x many goats per acre that works with raising goats. Among the traditional agribusiness ideas, goat farming is comparatively more profitable than other types agribusiness. Storeys guide and raising goats for dummies give very good information on a lot of topics. Are you looking for goats to milk or meat goats to sell.
And if youre putting meat on goats in a production setting, you will want to make sure that their forage is dense and high quality to ensure that they put on weight efficiently. Has chevon and cabrito recipes, resource lists, over 60 illustrations and pictures. With expert advice on selecting the best breed for your needs, maintaining facilities, and providing necessary medical attention, this guide covers all aspects of successfully keeping meat goats. How to make money with goats feather and scale farm.
Whether or not you make a profit with meat goats is going to depend on your choice of goats and how you manage them. Simple soft cheeses, cajeta, keifer, and pudding are all easy ways to make more of your milk. Feeding meat goats the natural way one main advantage of feeding those goats this way is that how much one would be able to save up, especially that anyone would want to be able to save up as much as possible, or doesnt have sufficient enough budget at the moment to go for feeds the whole time. This means less time feeding young goats before sending them to the butcher. While goat fibers are also a source of revenue, the profits realized from angora, mohair, and cashmere have decreased in recent years, and many farms that once raised goats for their fibers have converted into raising goats for meat. Everything you wanted to know about raising meat goats but. In this quick guide we look at the pros and cons of both, along with some markets for meat goats and dairy goats. Jun 04, 2008 are you looking for a money making idea that works well on small acreage and one that your kids will enjoy too. Storeys guide to raising meat goats, 2nd edition storey. A wonderful resource for goat breeders, raising meat goats for profit includes information about the meat breeds, how to get started with meat production, easy to use feed ration tables, real advice for new breeders, kidding and raising kids, how to sell your goats, uptodate informations about health and diseases, recipe book, 250 pages of user friendly information. Sidebars, photos, captions, and footnotes are lumpedin indiscriminately, making it confusing and redundant to read. Goat meat is in demand in some populations because of flavor preference and the influence of religion. Start with meat breeds such as boer, kiko and spanish goats, and look for usdacertified processing facilities.1027 1009 388 1180 208 967 929 902 1360 1188 441 488 264 904 1514 730 1237 846 484 1362 870 701 1168 409 9 845 1523 1030 1548 683 671 306 1516 897 482 685 934 1379 288 926 346 358 894 1274 745 883 145 114 984