How to Raise Goats - Goat Raising 101
Similarly to any other crop or livestock activity, if you possess the triangle “Land – Time – Energy”, then you should feel the joy of raising your own goats in your backyard, whether you plan to raise them for their milk, for their meat or as pets. Goat farming can be a major source of enthusiasm, excellent dairy products, meat and income, if done rationally and on a scalable basis. The first year of involvement is always introductory and one can make the necessary first steps as well as projections for a bigger investment (in time and money) for the following years to come. In 3-4 years, if you really enjoy raising goats and you see results, you can extend your livestock activity and do it professionally, maybe at a more proper establishment than your backyard. Needless to say that commitment is the number one skill you must have. Goat or any other livestock cannot be left unattended for over a day. Thus, if you consider leaving let’s say for a weekend, you must find a reliable farm sitter to take care of your livestock. Furthermore, especially the dairy goats (on the milk side) must be milked twice a day; otherwise you put their health in danger. The average goat lives 10-13 years, but can reproduce (and produce milk) from 1-1,5 until 7-9 years old. There are -of course- striking exceptions to these age limits.
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