Goat Raising

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GOAT RAISING

Invest in Goat Farming

How much initial investment is needed and how much profit will i get?

Goat raising is highly profitable. With minimal initial capital investment of P 67,250 for 25-doe level.

P 174,500 for 50 doe level or P 349, 000 for 100 doe-level, positive net income and return-on-investment (ROI) are realized, even as early as the first year. The (roi) for the first years is 67% from a 25-doe level operation under semi- confinement scheme and 60% from 50 and 100 doe level operations under pure confinement system. payback period is two years.

25 doe level 1   50 doe level 2     100 doe level 3

373,626             762,002              1,524,004          total expenses for 5 years

623,750             1,219,500           2,439,000          total income for 5 years (sales of stock + stock)

250,489             457,498              914,996             net income for 5 years

67%                   60%                   60%                   (ROI) %

Why invest in goats?

Goats are very popular among Filipinos because they require low initial capital investment, fit the small hood farm conditions, and multiply fast. Culturally, goats are integral to every special occasions such as birthdays, baptisms, weddings, and fiestas. Hence, they command a higher price compared with other meats in the market.

Goats require low maintenance because they eat tree leaves, weeds, grasses and agricultural by products. They are not only a source of protein for Filipinos, but they also provide the much needed income. In fact, goats provide livelihood to about 15 million Filipinos across the country today.

As goat production requires low initial investment and small risks compared to other livestock species, it is thus an attractive undertaking among  resource poor families. Moreover , women and children can raise the species, making it a sound option to augment the country’s program on livelihood.

At the moment, there is is an increase in demand for goats. Although total goat inventory in the country is steadily increasing at 2% per year, still there is not enough supply to meet the current demands. It is expected that this increased demand will last to 2020, the  year when supply is projected to meet demand.

How do i start my goat business?

to start a profitable goat business, one has to have the following production inputs

1. For backyard operations

A. Investment

-Goat house

-Breeding stocks

B.Operating expense

-Veterinary medicines

-Vaccines

-Concentrates

-Additional feed supplements

2. For Commercial or Large-scale production

A. Fixed investment

-Land

-Goat house

-Fences

-Pasture area

-Water pump

-Feeding trough

-Spade

-Wheelbarrow

-Ropes

B. Stocks

-Breeding does

-Breeding bucks

C. Operating Expenses

-Veterinary medicines, drugs, and vaccines

-Feed supplements and goat rations

-Labor fixed and seasonal

-Repair and maintenance of goat house, fences, equipment, and pasture

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ABOUT BOER GOAT

ABOUT THE BOER-GOAT

The Boer-goat breed has it’s origin’s in South Africa where it was developed for meat production in the early 1900’s for meat production.

The name Boer comes from the Dutch and Afrikaans word Boer meaning Farmer.

The actual Boer goat breed was probably derived from indigenous goats that were herded by the Namaqua Bushmen and the Bantu tribes.

Subsequent cross breeding with European and Indian goat breeds has helped them to become the breed they are today.

The selective breeding process was based on meat production rather than milk and so the goat has a very fast growth rate with very desirable carcass qualities.

MORE ABOUT BOER GOATS

The Boer also possesses a strong disease resistance and is very adaptable to harsh environments such as those found in Texas and Australia. The Boer also has that characteristic white body and the distinctive red colored head. Like the Nubian goat they have long and pendulous ears. Other desirable traits are there relatively docile temperament, their fast growth rates, and also high fertility rates (some of my does dropped quads and triplets this season).

The Boer-goat does are reputed to have superior mothering skills in comparison with dairy and fiber breeds and it is a trait among-st first kidding does). A mature buck will weigh in the range of 110-135 kg (240-300 lb), and mature doe will weigh around 90-100 kg(200-220 lb).

Unlike the dairy goats used to breed, the goat is poly-estrous, which means they can breed continuously year round. The aim of high fertility and this characteristic means that over two years you can average three kid dings and with good nutrition and management practices you can reasonably hope or aim for up to 6 -9 kids. This offers good returns on investment when you are in the milk fed kid market.

As the doe can attain sexual maturity at anywhere from 5 to 9 months, breeding programs can be very effective when breeding up. In a highly productive breeding regime based on 3 kid drop per 2 years, the Boer-goat does are pregnant for 5 months (150 days), they suckle the kids for 3 months, and then are rejoined again. Does dropping large multiple kids are the most desirable for keeping and those dropping small and single kids should be culled. The Boer-goat Gestation period is in the range 149 to 155 days.

ABOUT THE MEAT-GOAT

Goat meat is often called chevon, cabrito or capretto. Australia is a major world supplier of quality goat meat to the United States and well as many other countries. Many people do not realize that some 63% of the red meat that is consumed daily worldwide is actually goat meat. The demand in western countries such as the United States and Australia or the UK is from ethnic groups that include Middle Eastern, Asian, African, Latin American and Caribbean people. Most of these people will choose to purchase goat meat whenever they have the opportunity.

Many people ask what is so special about goat meat. Many choose goat meat as it has no religious restrictions like pork. Unlike lamb it has far less fat and many prefer the flavors of goat over beef and sheep meats. The actual molecular structure of goat meat is different and as a result goat meat is more easily digested. The one big advantage is that it is very low fat and very low cholesterol which is ideal for the health conscious person. They make the best Indian style curry there is, and roasted is simply divine.

ABOUT GOAT DISEASES

The Boer-goat lives to a good age and will breed for up to 10 years. The Boer-goat also has good disease resistance but there are many things to watch out for. This section will pass on valuable information and disease advice 

ABOUT STARTING A BOER-GOAT FARM

The key to any Boer-goat farming enterprise is good pasture management and nutrition. There are very big differences in feeding and grazing behavior between goats, sheep and cattle. Many meat goat enterprises try to use the goat as an environmentally friendly weed killer, others as a supplementary animal to cattle and sheep, some a feed lot setup and others like me focus entirely on goat production. In this section will be passing on the experiences and advice to other breeders and farmers and look forward to exchanging ideas and advice

ABOUT BOER-GOAT FENCING

Fencing is the number one priority on any Boer-goat enterprise. And  recall all to well on my first goat experience just how hard it was to keep them in when they found out how to escape. The very first task when setting up is to sort out the fencing. I will take you through various goat fencing issues and improvements that I have used and found effective. While Boer goats are relatively calm and docile they will still test a fence and go through it where it is weak as a matter of principle