Ways to Maintain a Healthy Goat

Ways to Maintain a Healthy Goat

Goats can be kept healthy through the following activities and methods: 1. By Ensuring that they have access to enough feed of the correct quality. 2. Ensuring they have access to clean water. 3. Following a vaccination program against common diseases 4. Keeping internal and external parasites under control. 5. Keeping sick goats separate so that disease does not spread to healthy goats. 6. Making sure that any goats introduced to the flock are disease-free. 7. Sheltering goats from adverse weather.If a goat does get sick it needs to be…

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The Different Types of Goats – Diary and Meat Goats

The Different Types of Goats – Diary and Meat Goats

There are two major types of goats reared in Africa: 1.Diary Goats.2.Meat Goats. Diary Goats: These include the different breeds of goats which are basically reared for milk production.They are so many breeds but the commonest in Africa include the following: 1) Saanen Breed This is a breed of goats that originated from the Saanen valley of Switzerland. Its the highest and most consistent diary producer producing 3-7ltrs of milk and in Uganda,it can mostly be located in kasese district, mbale district and a few in masaka. 2) Toggenburg Breed…

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Goat Breeds for Milk

Goats are one of the most popular animals which are being raised for the purpose of milk and meat production. There are different breeds of goats with each breed having a different meat and milk production rate. In order to get the most out of your goats, the right breed must be considered. Breeds of Goats can be classified according to their purposes i.e. for milk and for meat. First we will discuss the different breeds of goat for milk production below: Goat Breeds for Milk Goat milk contains less…

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The Life-Span of Ruminant Animals

This implies how long ruminant animals can live before they die naturally. Well, being food animals, it is difficult to predict this because almost all of the time they are not allowed to reach its full age before they are being slaughtered. Therefore, knowing their life span may be difficult. However, I have seen sheep and Goat of five years and Cattle of fifteen years before. See also: Goats eating Nylon and What you should do

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Goats eating Nylon and What you should do

Of recent I got a question from a ruminant farmer that says “I discovered that my Goat ate a lot of nylon and is now very sick. What can I do? Well most of the time, animals that eat nylon usually die. The only option is surgery with which the nylon can be brought out of the animal. The reason why most farmers hardly do this is because of the cost of surgical operation most of the time higher than the cost of the animal itself. Lolz! However, if the…

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How to identify poisoned ruminant animals and how to tackle it

There are many signs that may show that an animal is poisoned. These signs depend on the type of poison and the extend of poisoning. In severe cases, the animal may just die suddenly without any previous sign. At other times, the animal may how in like vomiting, diarrhea, and may foam before eventually death if left unattended to. How to tackle it: This depends on the nearness of your consultant. If he/she is very near, you can call on the person for an appropriate attention. However, some first aids…

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How to castrate Ruminant Male Animals, the Risks involved and How to tackle it at the best age

Benefits of Castration: First and foremost, let us start by discussing the benefits of castrating your male ruminant animals. There are two major reasons why castration is done: First is to prevent the male from involving in mating activities with the female and secondly, to make the animal get fattened up on time. It is beneficial because the castrated male animal will then make use of all of its energy on building muscles and not for sexual activities which is a plus in fattening also, in case a male animal…

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Reasons why some Ruminant Animals cannot deliver by themselves and How you can help them

Most of the time when this occurs, it is either that the foetus is too being to pass through the vagina of the female or that the female has a small genital opening that the foetus cannot pass through It is also possible that the foetus presented a wrong position and posture e.g. if the foetus tries to come out through the leg and one is still inside while the other is outside. All of these will make it either difficult or impossible for the female to deliver on its…

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Female Pregnant Goat’s Regular Abortion: Causes and Control Measures

When you are faced with a challenge like this one or you come across someone who faces this type of challenge then you will understand that it is not an experience any farmer will ever pray to have. Imagine the excitement when you discovered your female goat is pregnant and after months of patiently waiting for a safe delivery you discovered one morning that the pregnancy disappeared. Annoying right? Well friend, instead of getting angry and frustrated or even deciding to quit, try to figure out the cause of the…

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Ruminant Animal Wounds, Causes, Treatments and How to control it

The causes of wounds in the body of ruminant animals are many: First, it can occur as a result of fighting among themselves during which they can injure one another with their horns. Second, heavy tick infestation can result in wounds especially on the site of attachment of the ticks. Third, wounds do result in the course of grazing especially when the animals are allowed to pass through with thick forest where trees and shrubs can injure the animals. Fourth, wounds can result from physical attack on the ruminant animals…

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