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Goat Presentation

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george muller

on 27 November 2012

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The Production and Efficiency of Goats What is a Goat? Goats are the oldest domesticated livestock. They are wonderfully resourceful animals and are very efficient feeders. There are many different types of goats and are used for many purposes. Goat Husbandry Goats are hardy animals able to survive in the harshest deserts. American growers find them a low maintenance addition to existing livestock ventures or a simply welcome addition to a large back lot. Maintaining the health and nutrition is easy. its the fencing thats tricky... Manipulating Goat Genetics Science has established the genetic correlations among goats in a population. Researchers have developed tools that allow us to achieve our goals! A Few Notes Goats are herd animals, so they should not be kept as solitary animals. A pair ( or more ) of goats will make a good condition to the right family. A descent amount of space ( yard/pasture ) will be necessary, depending on the breed and the number of goats, so they are best suited for rural areas on farms or acreages. If you live in a city, bylaws may prevent you from keeping goats as they will likely be classified as an agricultural species. A Few Notes ( Cont. ) Types of Goats There a many different types of goats: Dairy goats, Boer goats, French Alpines, Nigerian Dwarfs, and Tennessee Fainting Goats. Dairy Goats Goats are divided into two broad groups: dairy goats and pygmy goats. Pygmy goats are raised to show. There are six species of dairy goats:

The pygmy goat is smaller than the dairy goat. While they can produce meat and milk, they are more commonly used as family pets and show goats. Boer Goats A Boer goat is a large breed with a muscular body. Its hair is short and glossy, and the coat around the head and ears is brown. The healthy Boer goat has strong, round horns. The Boer goat has a dominant temperament. This breed is very fertile and has a high resistance to infection, so it is one of the best types of goats to have if goats in your area are prone to infections. Many cashmere goats have a Boer lineage to increase their size and make them valuable for meat production as well as fleece. French Alpine Goats French Alpine Goats are used mostly for dairy production and artificial insemination projects. These descendents of mountain goats are a very hardy breed that has been farmed in France since the 1970s. This breed can be any color or color combination and has quite long bodies. The males (called Wales) range from 34 to 40 inches tall. The females are about 20 to 30 inches tall. The milk of the French Alpine Goat is about 30% protein and 35% fat. Nigerian Dwarfs The smallest goat on Earth first appeared in West Africa. Nigerian Dwarfs love human company. Males can reach 23 inches tall, and females are 22 inches tall, although most males top out at 19 inches and females average 17 inches. The Nigerian Dwarf comes in many different colors and may even be spotted. There are two species of Nigerian Dwarfs: the Dwarf and the Pygmy, which is stockier than the Dwarf. The Pygmy also has a smaller range of colors. Tennessee Fainting Goats The Tennessee Fainting Goat first appeared in the late 1800s. The Tennessee Fainting Goat got its name because when this breed gets excited or scared, it grows stiff and collapses to the ground. Though this breed may come in many colors, the most common is black and white. The Tennessee Fainting Goat is a good milk producer and is excellent at climbing. You must also be prepared for the commitment to having goats. They do need attention as any other pet does. Also you have to consider who will watch your goats if you must be away, if something should happen you cannot keep the goats. Parts of a Goat Any Questions!?
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