Whether you have a small backyard hobby farm or a large farm that’s your livelihood, goats are one of the most popular animals to raise. Along with being a friendly and docile animal that will quickly become a part of your family, goats can help you produce anything from nutritious milk to luxurious fibers.
How you can use your goats will vary based on the type you choose to raise. There are three main types of goat production breeds. Depending on what you want to do with them, one type will likely be better suited to your goals than the others.
Some goats are raised specifically for their meat. While any goat breed can be slaughtered for meat consumption, some provide better-quality meats than others, such as:
If you want to focus more on dairy production, you can choose a breed known for producing higher-quality and larger quantities of milk. The most popular dairy goat breeds are:
Fiber goats are raised primarily for the fibers they produce. You can use these luxury fibers like cashmere and mohair to create anything from sweaters to scarves to rugs. Specific breeds of fiber goats include Angora goats and “cashmere” breeds, like Licheng Daqing, Tibetan Plateau, and Zhongwei Cashmere goats.
Here are five of the most common goats to raise in the United States:
Whether you’re raising one of the most popular meat, dairy, or fiber goat breeds, the type of housing you choose will impact their overall health and safety, as well as their production. Certain areas may have rules and regulations about the style and size of shelter they need, but your animals require protection from wind, snow, rain, or high temperatures. Goats are curious, so having suitable fencing will prevent them from escaping.
The correct diet is another key component of keeping your goats healthy year-round. All meat, dairy, and fiber goats will require the right amount of water, protein, energy, minerals, and vitamins. Depending on whether you’re raising goats that are gestating, lactating, or growing kids, they may require different amounts of these nutrients. Making sure they have enough forage and a balanced feed will keep them happy and healthy.
With Nature’s Best Organic Goat Feed pellets, you can experience peace of mind knowing your goats have access to a balanced diet with the proper levels of nutrients. This feed is specifically fortified for goats and will help keep all kinds of meat, dairy, and fiber goats productive.
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