Farming Meat Goats Edition 2

Breeding, Production and Marketing

July 2018
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  • Publisher
    CSIRO Publishing
  • Published
    10th July 2018
  • ISBN 9781486306572
  • Language English
  • Pages 352 pp.
  • Size 6.625" x 9.625"
  • Images b/w illus & photos

Goat meat is growing in popularity in Australia and is also an important export industry. It offers many opportunities for large- and small-scale farmers who need to diversify or seek alternative enterprises. Farming Meat Goats provides producers with comprehensive and practical information on all aspects of the goat meat industry. It covers selecting and preparing a property, choosing breeding stock, breeding, health care and nutrition, drought feeding, condition scoring and marketing.

This second edition of Farming Meat Goats has been updated throughout and contains new information about the National Livestock Identification System, current regulations for ovine Johne's disease and animal welfare during transportation, and information about marketing. It will allow farmers to produce animals to specification for targeted markets in Australia and overseas including: butchers; supermarkets; restaurants; on-farm live sales; sales to abattoirs that specialize in Halal kills; and breeding stock either as replacements or for improved herd genetics.

1: Will breeding meat goats pay?
2: Fencing and yards
3: Choosing your breeding stock
4: Breeding season
5: Kidding management
6: Tagging, marking, vaccinating, weaning and foot-trimming
7: Nutrition
8: Drought feeding and strategies
9: Health
10: Parasites
11: Poisoning
12: Marketing
Appendix: Resources for producers

Barbara Vincent

Barbara Vincent has worked in a number of federal government departments and has been a livestock consultant for more than 25 years. She has been closely involved in cross-breeding of Boer and feral goats for meat production since the first imports of Boer goats into Australia. Barbara is currently the animal production manager for Claravale Park Boer Goat Stud.