FARMING MEAT GOATS
The goat meat industry in Australia is growing quickly and is becoming an important export industry. It offers many opportunities for large- and small-scale farmers who need to diversify or seek alternative enterprises. This book deals specifically with the production of goats for meat and addresses all aspects of the industry that the producer is likely to encounter. It covers selecting and preparing a property, choosing the breeding stock, breeding, health care and nutrition, drought feeding, condition scoring and marketing. One of the key benefits of the book is that it will allow farmers in Australia and overseas to produce animals to specification for targeted markets such as: Butchers; Supermarkets; Restaurants; On farm live sales, which are mainly to ethnic groups for private kills; Sales to abattoirs that specialise in Halal kills for the Muslim community; Breeding stock either as replacements, or for improved herd genetics
Foreword; Acknowledgements; Introduction; Will breeding meat goats pay? Fencing and yards; Choosing your breeding stock; Breeding season; Kidding management; Marking, tagging, vaccinating, weaning and foot trimming; Nutrition of goats; Drought: feeding and strategies; Health; Parasites; Poisoning; Marketing; Appendices; Glossary of terms; Index.