Farming Meat Goats: Breeding, Production and Marketing, 2nd Edition

By Barbara Vincent

Farming Meat Goats: Breeding, Production and Marketing, 2nd Edition PDF. Goat meat is growing in popularity in Australia and is also an important export industry. It offers many opportunities for large- and small-scale farmers who need to diversify or seek alternative enterprises. Farming Meat Goats provides producers with comprehensive and practical information on all aspects of the goat meat industry. It covers selecting and preparing a property, choosing breeding stock, breeding, health care and nutrition, drought feeding, condition scoring and marketing.

This second edition of Farming Meat Goats has been updated throughout and contains new information about the National Livestock Identification System, current regulations for ovine Johne’s disease and animal welfare during transportation, and information about marketing. It will allow farmers to produce animals to specification for targeted markets in Australia and overseas including: butchers; supermarkets; restaurants; on-farm live sales; sales to abattoirs that specialize in Halal kills; and breeding stock either as replacements or for improved herd genetics.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Will breeding meat goats pay?

Chapter 2 Fencing and yards

Chapter 3 Choosing your breeding stock

Chapter 4 Breeding season

Chapter 5 Kidding management

Chapter 6 Tagging, marking, vaccinating, weaning and foot-trimming

Chapter 7 Nutrition

Chapter 8 Drought feeding and strategies

Chapter 9 Health

Chapter 10 Parasites

Chapter 11 Poisoning

Chapter 12 Marketing

Appendix: Resources for producers

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