Modern Farming Methods http://www.roysfarm.com Tue, 17 Jun 2014 06:37:04 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Caring Miniature Goats http://www.roysfarm.com/caring-miniature-goats/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=caring-miniature-goats http://www.roysfarm.com/caring-miniature-goats/#comments Tue, 17 Jun 2014 06:37:04 +0000 http://www.roysfarm.com/?p=2243 Raising and caring miniature goats is very easy and simple. They are smaller in size and very good as pets. Most of the miniature goats are of great temperament. Actually, these type goats are smaller than any other known and popular goat breeds. On an average, size of such miniature goats ranges from 15 inch […]

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Raising and caring miniature goats is very easy and simple. They are smaller in size and very good as pets. Most of the miniature goats are of great temperament. Actually, these type goats are smaller than any other known and popular goat breeds. On an average, size of such miniature goats ranges from 15 inch to 24 inch. And it’s very easy to care for them and are also suitable for children to look after. Nigerian dwarf and Pygmy goats are most popular and known miniature goats. However, here we are describing about the process of raising miniature goats.

Ensure Good Space For Your Goats
Compared to other common goat breeds, miniature goats require less space. They will be fine and live happily with a 20 feet * 20 feet space. The space should be fenced off for preventing roaming. About 5 feet high fencing will be suitable for your goats. Such fencing will also be helpful for preventing predators (such as dogs or foxes). Miniature goats are playful like other goat breeds. So, they need space for playing and having fun.

Make a Good Shelter
Make a good shelter for your goats to keep them safe from rainy and cold weather. Like other goat breeds, miniature goats also do not like being wet or windblown. So provide them a good shelter for getting out of the elements. As they are smaller in size, so any small type of shelter should be suitable for them. But the house should be suitable enough for providing enough room to each goat according to the number of goats you have. Try to keep the house clean always. And in the inside of the shelter you can use fresh straw as bedding.caring miniature goats, miniature goats, how to care for miniature goats, care for miniature goats, raising miniature goats

Provide Nutritious Food
Always try to feed your goats fresh and nutritious food. A good pasture with quality green feeds should be a priority for caring miniature goats. Supplement their foods with grain, hay and vegetables. Keep the hay feeders above the ground for preventing your goats from infection from parasites. If you feed your goats grain, then keep the grain in a large garbage can (preferably metal). Metal can will be helpful for keeping the grain safe from rats or mice. Ready-made feeds are also available for miniature goats in the market. You can also feed your goats this type of food. Whatever you feed your goats, just keep in mind that ‘the food is nutritious enough for keeping your goats healthy’.

Always Provide Clean Water
Goats don’t like dirty water. So always try to feed the goats sufficient amount of clean and fresh water according to their daily demands. Always ensure the water pot is filled with clean and fresh water.

Tips & Cautions For Caring Miniature Goats
It’s known to all that, ‘miniature goats are very affectionate’. They enjoy playing and also interacting with humans. It will be better, if you can keep some playing elements in front of them. Try to spend some time with your goats, and am sure both of you will be happy. Groom your goats on a regular basis. Miniature goats enjoy being brushed. Use special type of brush with soft bristles but is firm enough to brush through their hair. Trim their hooves at least after every four months. Vaccinate and deworm them regularly. Never feed your miniature goats excessive amount of grain. Because excessive grain can cause urinary calculi. And finally, always monitor your goat’s health and visit your vet if you notice any problems among your goats.

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How to Call A Goat http://www.roysfarm.com/how-to-call-a-goat/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=how-to-call-a-goat http://www.roysfarm.com/how-to-call-a-goat/#comments Wed, 11 Jun 2014 16:20:27 +0000 http://www.roysfarm.com/?p=2227 People are raising goats from a long time ago for various reasons. For example, people are raising goats as pets, for milk, for their coats or for goat meat. If you are raising goats as pets or for business purposes, then you should know how to call a goat. Domesticated goats can be fun. And […]

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People are raising goats from a long time ago for various reasons. For example, people are raising goats as pets, for milk, for their coats or for goat meat. If you are raising goats as pets or for business purposes, then you should know how to call a goat. Domesticated goats can be fun. And they are enjoyable pets who usually interact well with all members of the family. Goats are very intelligent. If you give your goats sufficient motivation, then they will learn how to come when they are called. This hoofed creatures have a short and bleating call, which they use to communicate with you or other goats in your herd. It requires a certain amount of practice and consistent repetition for teaching a goat to come to you when you call it. Trained goats can respond to whatever call the owner reinforced while they were young goats or kids. However, most of the time replicating the sound goats make will grab their attention.

Socialization
A lonely goat is more likely to bond quickly with you who does not have any companionship, and it will come to you when called. But a lonely goat doesn’t live happily, grow well and it is not the best situation for the goat. And it will be difficult to single out one individual goat within a herd of goats. Training a whole herd of goats to come when they are called will be difficult than training a couple of goats.how to call a goat, how to call goats, calling goats

Tame Goats
It will be difficult to teach a mostly unhandled or feral goat. On the other hand, it is much easier to train a tame goat to come when they are called. Personality and socialization level of your goat in reference to humans is going to be one of the deciding factors in determining whether the goat learns to come to you and how quickly it decides to do so.

Teaching Goats
You can start teaching your goats to come to you by calling them every time you go to their enclosure or pasture. Use treats and affection to reward your goats if they come to you, either because they want to or because you called them. Every time give your goat small reward (a hug or something tasty to eat), when you say your goat’s name and it is with you. Your goats will quickly learn to associate their name with a reward and will start looking for the treat when they hear it. Thus you can train your goats.

Treat
Goats will behave in manners that benefit them, as they are very simple animals. So, ensure that your goats benefit from coming to you every time when you call them. This is the easiest way to teach your goats to come when you call them. Some goats also will be happy with being petted as a reward for coming, and treats are the most effective reward for some goats. Ensure that you only give treats to your goats when they are behaving the way you want them to, if you are using treats for training your goats.

Listen to the sound that goats make when communicating with each other and observe which calls or sounds attract the fellow goats. You can replicate that noise yourself for calling your goats. Shaking some grain in a tin can is also a way for attracting or calling your goats. When they come to you feed them. This system will positively reinforce your goats to come to you. Keep continue doing this until you can simply make the goat like calling without shaking the food can. The system of how to call a goat is totally depends on you. You can use your own methods for calling your goats.

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Do Goats Whine All Night? http://www.roysfarm.com/do-goats-whine-all-night/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=do-goats-whine-all-night http://www.roysfarm.com/do-goats-whine-all-night/#comments Mon, 02 Jun 2014 13:42:20 +0000 http://www.roysfarm.com/?p=2185 Do goats whine all night? It is a common question by the people who are raising goats for the first time. Actually, whining depends on various factors. A herd of healthy and happy goats usually do not whine all night. Whether you are raising goats as pets or for business purpose, happy goats are fairly […]

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Do goats whine all night? It is a common question by the people who are raising goats for the first time. Actually, whining depends on various factors. A herd of healthy and happy goats usually do not whine all night. Whether you are raising goats as pets or for business purpose, happy goats are fairly easygoing and they do not normally require a whole lot of extra care and maintenance. But on the other hand, a herd of unhappy goats can quickly become a real nuisance. It can be a sign that something is not right with your goats, if they are bleating, calling out, crying and whining all night. And in such cases you have to change the systems of caring for your goats. But in some cases, whining is natural. We are describing here usually when goats whine.

During Breeding Season
When the female goats of your herd go into heat or your male goats go into the rut, then you may hear quite of bit of noise. The goats make lots of noise who are in the midst of breeding season. During this time they make noise primarily for communicating their intentions with one another. Or in some cases they make noise because they are searching for an acceptable mate. Sometime, you may also hear a lot of noise from a new mother goat who is trying to communicate with her kids or from a pregnant goat. In the case of breeding-related noises, there isn’t much you can do about the clamor other than waiting it out.

Hungry Goats
The goats who are not allowed to browse in the pasture can make noise for foods. In most cases, domesticated goats have limited access to resources such as food and water. They rely on you for keeping them from going thirsty or hungry. If your goats run out of food or water for sometime, then they are going to use their only way of communication with you to tell you about their problem. In most cases your goats will make lots of noise and sometimes very loud noise, if they are hungry or need to drink water.hungry goat, lonely goat, aggressive goat

Lonely Goats
Goats thrive on interaction with one another as well as with their human companions, because they are social animals. So a single goat can make lots of noise. Purchasing a single goat and expecting it to live alone without companionship can cause various problems. Goats usually always bond to something or someone. And your goat will likely bond to you, if a single goat is not bonded to another goat who will stay with it in a small herd. You can expect your goat to cry and whine almost non-stop if you’re not right there with it every minute of the day, when your goat has started relying on you for all of it’s social needs. The easiest and quickest cure for a lonely goat is a second goat. So you need to purchase another goat to keep the single one company, if your goat is alone and crying all night.

Sick Goat
Sick goats also cry out repeatedly. Usually the goats who do not feel well, are sick or have been injured will also cry out almost all time. You need to thoroughly check your goats for signs of injury or illness, if your normally quiet and happy goats suddenly crying and whining all night. A sick goat may have diarrhea, be lethargic, a loss of appetite or remove himself from the rest of the herd. When your goats are injured or sick, then you should call your veterinarian as soon as possible.

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Effects of Goats on A Pasture http://www.roysfarm.com/effects-of-goats-on-a-pasture/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=effects-of-goats-on-a-pasture http://www.roysfarm.com/effects-of-goats-on-a-pasture/#comments Tue, 27 May 2014 17:51:35 +0000 http://www.roysfarm.com/?p=2165 Do you know what are the effects of goats on a pasture? You should learn and it’s very important that you understand the effects of goats on a pasture, if you want to use your goats for agricultural purposes, such as land maintenance. You have to learn about the effects that a goat or a […]

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Do you know what are the effects of goats on a pasture? You should learn and it’s very important that you understand the effects of goats on a pasture, if you want to use your goats for agricultural purposes, such as land maintenance. You have to learn about the effects that a goat or a few goats will have on your pasture, before bringing your first goat home. Usually goats are not lawn mowers. That’s why you should not consider the goats as the best and time saving alternative for mowing the grass or weeds from your pasture land. Here we are trying to describe more about the effects of goats on a pasture.

Pasture & Goats
Goats usually love to graze on pasture land by nature. And they are very useful for clearing the brush and weeds out of a pasture. They help to prepare the land for using again for other animals such as cows and horses. Goats are perfect animal for clearing unwanted grass and plants, if your pasture is full of undesirable brush. At the same time, goats turned loose in a well-maintained pasture will typically wreak havoc on bushes and trees while leaving the grass to grow tall. However, goats don’t stand in one place and continuously mow grass and plats from different places. Usually goats wander frequently and they graze in small sections. While grazing, they create uneven patches of cleared brush and weeds while leaving other sections scruffy.effects of goats on a pasture

Fertilization
Goats provide excellent fertilization for your pasture while browsing. They consume grains and forage and then excrete them. Goat fecal matter provides a good source of nutrients for your land, grass and other plants.

What Do Goats Eat?
Your goats will not consume all plants and grasses from your pasture. Usually goats prefer to eat trees, weeds, scrubby bushes and various flowers more than they do grass. Sometimes these can’t meet up the nutritional demands of your goats. So, your goats will also need to be fed a ration of grain or other feed to make sure they are receiving a properly balanced diet. Goats are not maintenance-free and you have to be conscious about feeding your goats. And you also have to ensure enough nutrition for your goats in addition to allowing them to graze on forage in your pasture. For commercial goat farming business read what to feed goats & what to feed goats in stall feeding system.

Actually a single goat will have relatively little effect on a large pasture. You should have at least two goats regardless of the size of your pasture land. Because goats are social animal and they need social interaction to be happy and grow perfectly. You need to have at least a small herd of goat, if you want to reap the benefits of having goats on your pasture. And it also takes the goats a significant amount of time for grazing down an area. From a herd of goats you can’t expect overnight pasture improvements. You will likely still have to take the time to clear away leftover brush or to get rid of vegetation your goats find unpalatable.

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Causes of Fainting in Goats http://www.roysfarm.com/causes-of-fainting-in-goats/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=causes-of-fainting-in-goats http://www.roysfarm.com/causes-of-fainting-in-goats/#comments Wed, 14 May 2014 10:49:55 +0000 http://www.roysfarm.com/?p=2123 Concern is the main causes of fainting in goats. Fainting also could be cause for concern in humans and some other animals. But fainting is normal in the case of myotonic goats. In myotonic goat faints lasts for about 10 seconds. They lose control of muscle function and thus balance and these small goats actually […]

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Concern is the main causes of fainting in goats. Fainting also could be cause for concern in humans and some other animals. But fainting is normal in the case of myotonic goats. In myotonic goat faints lasts for about 10 seconds. They lose control of muscle function and thus balance and these small goats actually don’t lose consciousness. Fainting is an odd phenomenon to see one literally fall in to the state. But usually a goat who suffers from fainting can live long, full life without major problems. So there is nothing important to worry about. Here we are describing the causes of fainting in goats.

Fainting is Not a Disorder
Fainting is not a disorder. The term ‘fainting’ is not exactly appropriate. Because that suggests changes in heart rate, respiration or other involuntary functions that could prove life-threatening. Goats fully recover the condition and none of these changes occur in the fainting goats. As expected, the more muscular the goats are, the more severely they are affected by this genetic abnormality.

Myotonic Goat
Myotonic goats are also sometimes known as fainting or wooden leg goats. Two domesticated varieties exist and they are indigenous to the United States. The larger ones reside in Texas. And the Tennessee goats are meat goats and are smaller in size. Conflicting tales regarding the origins of the fainting gene exist. But congenital myotonia is thought to be caused by a spontaneous genetic mutation.

Myotonia Congentia
Myotonia congentia is the neuromuscular result of a spontaneous mutation in an autosomal dominant gene. That means in order for the gene to pass to the offspring, only one parent needs to carry the trait. Essentially, when excited or panicked, signal for the ‘flight and fight’ response never make it to muscle fibers. And then the goats are left paralyzed. Approximately after 10 seconds (as soon as the stress response is complete), the goat fully recovers. As the trait causes no long-term health consequences, so it is not considered as a genetic disorder.

Adapting Fainting Goats
Despite the abnormality of myotonic goats, they are known for even muscular bodies, general genetic fitness, temperaments and parasite resistance. As a result of this, these goats continue to be bred for a great food source and as pets. While juveniles struggle with the unexpected fainting, it seems adults have a better grasp of preventative measures. Adult goats will often lean against other objects to remain standing or splay their legs in order to prevent falling over.

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What Types of Goats Live in Greece? http://www.roysfarm.com/what-types-of-goats-live-in-greece/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=what-types-of-goats-live-in-greece http://www.roysfarm.com/what-types-of-goats-live-in-greece/#comments Sat, 10 May 2014 16:32:22 +0000 http://www.roysfarm.com/?p=2112 Goats are very important animal in Greece. Goats are producing about 22 percent of the nation’s total milk production. And they are also contributing much in the meat production sector. When combined with sheep, about 43 percent of the nation’s meat production come from goats. There are various types of goat breeds are available in […]

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Goats are very important animal in Greece. Goats are producing about 22 percent of the nation’s total milk production. And they are also contributing much in the meat production sector. When combined with sheep, about 43 percent of the nation’s meat production come from goats. There are various types of goat breeds are available in Greece. Some of these breeds are popular for milk production and some are highly prized for their meat production. Usually the most prevalent types are generally prized either for their milk production, their meat or their hardiness in the face of harsh climates. However, here we are describing about the types of goats live in Greece.

Karystos Goats
Karystos is a small sized hardy goat breed. They are both hardy in harsh climates and disease resistant. They are usually black in color and have short and smooth hair. They produce a lower volume of milk than many other goat breeds. But their milk is of a far superior quality. During the milking period, a Karystos goat produce around 16 to 21 gallons of milk. As they produce lower volume of milk, so they are often used for meat production rather than milk. But the high quality of their milk has led farmers to attempt breeding Karystos goats with higher production.Skopelors goat, Skopelors goats, goat breeds in Greece

Skopelos Goats
Skopelors goat is the heaviest among the all other Grecian goat breeds. They are considered as one of the most important goat breeds in Greece. They produce milk highly. Even they can produce milk highly with poor quality fodder. Milk of Skopelos goats contain around 5 percent of milk fat (such amount is relatively a high percentage for goat’s milk). For improving the genetic stock of other existing flocks of Greece, farmers often use the male Skopelos goats. This goat is commonly raised in Greece for milk, although they are also used for meat production.

Vlahiki Goats
The Vlahiki goat breed descended from the Capra Prisca or from the wild goats of the island. They are known as the only truly indigenous goat breed in Greece. They are small in size but very hardy. They are well suited to the country’s rocky and mountainous terrain with their short legs. Vlahiki goats have thick hair that protects them from harsh weather. They have relatively low milk and meat production compared to other goat breeds. They are mainly popular for their hardiness and the capability of managing themselves with the environment.

Non-Native Goat Breeds
Many farmers of Greece choose to raise non-native goat breeds. Because the native Grecian goat breeds are relatively smaller in size and lower in milk production. Alpine and Saanen goats are particularly popular for their high milk and kid production.

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How to Help A Pygmy Goat Gain Weight? http://www.roysfarm.com/how-to-help-a-pygmy-goat-gain-weight/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=how-to-help-a-pygmy-goat-gain-weight http://www.roysfarm.com/how-to-help-a-pygmy-goat-gain-weight/#comments Wed, 07 May 2014 01:34:40 +0000 http://www.roysfarm.com/?p=2103 Pygmy goats are pretty popular among the goat lovers, because they are relatively smaller in size, need less living space and require low maintenance and care. They remain kicking for several years with a fresh supply of water, forage and quality feed. They usually prefer a clean environment and require a very small living area. […]

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Pygmy goats are pretty popular among the goat lovers, because they are relatively smaller in size, need less living space and require low maintenance and care. They remain kicking for several years with a fresh supply of water, forage and quality feed. They usually prefer a clean environment and require a very small living area. Pygmy goats are also good milkers and a Pygmy doe provides a considerable amount of milk, compared with milk production of larger animals. However, a goat can be underweight for many reasons. For example illness, stress from moving or due to other aggressive goats in your herd who are not allowing your goats to eat sufficient amount of food. Although the most common reason of underweight of your goats is ‘worms’. The main symptoms of worms in goats include anemia, lethargy and a rough coat. If your underweight goats have any of these additional symptoms, then you can reasonably suspect intestinal parasites. Other causes of underweight in goats include lack of sufficient nutritious food, poor living space or any diseases. Here we are describing about how to help a Pygmy goat gain weight.

Feeding
Feeding quality foods and clean water is the key to keep your goats healthy. Always try to feed your Pygmy goats unlimited grass or hay for preventing weight loss. Sometimes you may notice your Pygmy goats are losing weight (even with an ample amount), if the forage is not high in nutrients. In such cases supplement the diet of your Pygmies with a quality commercial feed for Pygmy goats. But ensure that, you are not overfeeding the commercial feed. The digestive system of Pygmy goat is sensitive and designed to thrive on hay and grass or forage.african pygmy goat, pygmy goat, pygmy goats

Weight Assessment
If possible, perform a weight assessment on your Pygmy goats regularly. The current weight of your goats may be perfectly normal, what you may think is thin. The right weight varies depending on the size of your Pygmies. On an average, an adult Pygmy goat weights about 50 to 85 pounds. Your goats may also loss weight due to viral or bacterial infection like pneumonia. In such cases consult with your vet.

Vaccinating & Worming
Perform worming program according to the suggestion to your vet to help keep internal parasites from invading your Pygmies and weight loss. Sometimes the vet may take a stool sample and test for parasites (such as pinworms and roundworms), when treating an already thin goat. Also never forget to vaccinate your goats timely. Your Pygmies should receive Enterotoxaemia and tetanus vaccination at about their 8 weeks of age. Repeat the same dosage four to six weeks later. Administer a booster once a year and follow the recommendations by your vet.

Prevention of Weight Loss
Proper & nutritious feeding and watering is very important for preventing weight loss. Proper feeding and watering is not too difficult and this will help to keep your Pygmy goats healthy. Sudden changes in the eating habit of your goat or sudden personality change etc. may be the indicators that something is not right. Ensure that your goats have full access to sufficient amount of clean and fresh water at all time. They don’t like dirty water and a Pygmy goat may refuse to drink if the water is not fresh and clean. This can causes dehydration and possible weight loss in your goats. So always try to provide them sufficient amount of clean and fresh water according to their demand. Follow a worming schedule strictly according to the suggestion of your vet. Keep the new goats separate for a few days from your herd, if you get a new Pygmy. Keep the goat separated until you can properly vaccinate and worm the goat. Doing this will ensure that ‘no new parasites or diseases are introduced to the rest of your herd’.

These are the common practice that you can perform to help your goats gaining weights. Provide your goats with sufficient amount of nutritious food and clean water according to their demand. Thus you can prevent weight loss in your Pygmy goats.

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Best Dairy Goats For Arid Climates http://www.roysfarm.com/best-dairy-goats-for-arid-climates/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=best-dairy-goats-for-arid-climates http://www.roysfarm.com/best-dairy-goats-for-arid-climates/#comments Tue, 06 May 2014 11:31:49 +0000 http://www.roysfarm.com/?p=2098 If you are living in the arid climates, then you should know about the best dairy goats for arid climates. Generally the main dairy goats include Alpine, Jamunapari, LaMancha, Nubians, Nigerian dwarfs, Oberhaslis, Toggenburgs and Saanens. Among these breeds Alpines, Saanens, Oberhaslis and Toggenburgs originated in the Swiss mountain regions and thrive in cold climates. […]

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If you are living in the arid climates, then you should know about the best dairy goats for arid climates. Generally the main dairy goats include Alpine, Jamunapari, LaMancha, Nubians, Nigerian dwarfs, Oberhaslis, Toggenburgs and Saanens. Among these breeds Alpines, Saanens, Oberhaslis and Toggenburgs originated in the Swiss mountain regions and thrive in cold climates. Jamunapari goats originated in the India. Other breeds LaManchas, Nigerian dwarfs and Nubian goats originate in warm desert climates and are capable of tolerating arid conditions much better than other dairy goat breeds. So the best dairy goats for arid climates are Nigerian dwarf, Nubians and LaMancha goats. If you are living in arid climates and want to raise some dairy goats then consider any from the above three goat breeds. Determine which of of these three goat breed is best for you depending on their size, milk production, temperament or any other characteristics which is more important to you.

LaMancha Goats
LaMancha goats are medium sized animal. On an average, a mature LaMancha doe weights around 130 pound with at least 25 inches at the withers. This dairy goat breed was developed in Oregon into the goats they are now. But LaMancha goats have roots in the Spain. Usually they are friendly and docile in nature with a distinct physical feature (their ears). LaMancha goats have ear flaps and the flaps are short and come in two varieties. They are elf and gopher. Gopher ears have no cartilage and are just flaps of skin around the ear canals. On the other hand, elf ear flaps contain a small amount of cartilage (but they are only 1 to 2 inches in size). In cage of milk production, a LaMancha doe produces about 3 liters of milk per day during a 10 month lactating period. The milk of this goat contain about 3.9 percent butterfat and 3.1 percent protein (on an average). You can consider this dairy goat breed for milk production in your arid climates.Lamancha goats, Lamancha goat, dairy goat, dairy goat breeds, best dairy goats

Nigerian Dwarf Goats
Nigerian dwarf goats are small in size but considered as the best miniature dairy goat breed. They are the result of miniature breeding. On an average, a mature Nigerian dwarf doe measures not more than 22.5 inches at the withers and an average of 17 to 19 inches. And mature does usually weight under 75 pounds. Although this goat breed is smaller in size but they are good milkers. Despite their smaller size, Nigerian dwarf goats produce about 2 quarts of milk per day. Milk of this goat is enriched with more butterfat and protein than the milk of other goat breeds. Milk of Nigerian dwarf goats contain about 6 to 10 percent butterfat and about 4.4 percent protein. They are also very friendly in nature, very easy to manage and playful. They require less living space. So they are ideal for family farms and small scale milk production. Although Nigerian dwarf goats have a negative site and that is ‘their small size can make milking difficult. Most of the people consider it as an important factor while selecting breeds.Nigerian dwarf goats, miniature goat breeds, dairy goats, miniature dairy goats

Nubian Goats
Among these three dairy goat breeds for arid climates, Nubians are larger in size and highly milk producing dairy goats. They have long and floppy ears. A mature Nubian doe weights about 135 pounds and at least 30 inches at the withers. Nubian bucks usually weights more than the does. A mature buck can reach more than 200 pounds. Nubian goats are very vocal and they tend to be more stubborn breed. On an average, a Nubian doe produces about 2 to 3 liters of milk per day during their 10 month lactating periods. Milk of Nubian goats contain about 4.6 percent of butterfat and 3.7 percent of protein on an average. Nubian goats are also very suitable for milk production for the arid climates.milk goat breed, meat goat breed, goat breeds, anglo nubian goat, anglo nubian goats

Minis
In accordance with the above three main breeds, mini versions are also gaining recognition and purebreed status. The mini versions are also suitable for raising in the arid climates. These are mixed full-size Nubians and LaMancha bred to Nigerian dwarf bucks for creating mini versions of LaManchas and Nubians. After six generation of breeding, they are considered purebred mini LaManchas or mini Nubians. In case of milk production from these mini version, the amount of milk is an average of the two main breeds. Milking is also easier in this new mini versions, because of their slightly larger size. However, you can choose any from the above three breeds for milk production. All are suitable and considered as the best dairy goats for arid climates.

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What Type Of Grass Do Goats Prefer? http://www.roysfarm.com/what-type-of-grass-do-goats-prefer/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=what-type-of-grass-do-goats-prefer http://www.roysfarm.com/what-type-of-grass-do-goats-prefer/#comments Thu, 01 May 2014 08:44:58 +0000 http://www.roysfarm.com/?p=2081 Do you know what type of grass do goats prefer? Goats are both grazers and browsers at the same time. Although they are not picky eaters like other animals. They usually consume almost all types grass which they find in front of them, and they will also chow down on weeds with just as much […]

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Do you know what type of grass do goats prefer? Goats are both grazers and browsers at the same time. Although they are not picky eaters like other animals. They usually consume almost all types grass which they find in front of them, and they will also chow down on weeds with just as much exertion. Goats are not so picky in this part. Goats are sometimes selective in their munching when they browse or graze through the forage in front of them (they can select and only eat the plants at their fullest nutritional value). Goats love to have a mixture of grasses and plants in their diet and this mixture meets their needs. However, here we are describing about some type of grasses that goats usually prefer.

Bahiagrass
Bahiagrass grows well in all types of soil. It is a competitive grass and can tolerate drought well. Their competitive ability is very helpful in such areas where in a pasture bahiagrass is trodden by the hooves of many goats and other animals. Although they are not desirable trait in settings such as lawns. Bahiagrass can also grow in some areas where other grasses can’t. It is not a high quality grass but it will still be there in the pasture or other types of land when all other grasses are gone. That’s why it’s a very important grass and goats also prefer bahiagrass.

Bromegrass
Bromegrass comes in two varieties and those are northern and southern. It is high in protein. Northern bromegrass is suitable for pasture land. Northern bromegrass benefits pastures by building up sod with it’s extensive and deep roots. Young bromegrass plants are leafy. Goats love this young grass and find them very easy to digest.what type of grass do goats prefer, types of grass that goats like most, best grasses for goats

Clover
Actually clover is a legume, not a grass. It is sweet in taste. That’s why it attracts goats and goats also enjoy the sweet taste of clover. Adding some clover to the pasture land is a good idea and it is an efficient way for adding stability to the grazing areas. Clover is also very helpful for the soil. Because it is a nitrogen fixer and growth of clover actually adds nitrogen to the soil which is essential for other plants to use. Growing process of clover also help to protect the soil from erosion. Because clover sends out stolons that cover the ground. A lot of foot traffic is a common occurrence with goats. Clover can handle this easily and it can stand up against a lot of foot traffic.

Fescue
Fescue grass can tolerate adverse environment highly and grows well. It can highly tolerate drought, diseases and insects. These type of quality gives fescue the ability to persist in the field even when grazed heavily in the pasture land. And heavy grazing is very common with goats. Fescue also grows well in the cooler areas and in moist climates. Fescue grass also does not require reseeding each growing season. So your goats can enjoy fescue continuously once you have planted in your land.

Millet
Millet is an annual grass. Actually it is a productive choice for producing winter hay for goats and other animals. Millet grows very quickly and reach 40 to 50 inches within 60 to 90 days (if left alone). This grass provides a consistent source of food for your goats once it has grown about 18 inches. You can mix millet with other grass seeds for your own pasture land. The digestible protein value in millet is higher than that of corn and also comparable to those of barley and oats. Goats also love to eat millet and enjoy it very much.

These are the common type of grass that goats usually like most. You can consider a variety of grass, legume and plants for your own pasture land. This will ensure good health and growth of your goats.

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Bottle Feeding Dwarf Goats http://www.roysfarm.com/bottle-feeding-dwarf-goats/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=bottle-feeding-dwarf-goats http://www.roysfarm.com/bottle-feeding-dwarf-goats/#comments Mon, 14 Apr 2014 08:27:16 +0000 http://www.roysfarm.com/?p=2028 You need to bottle-fed your dwarf goat kids if your doe abandons her babies or if anyhow she can’t feed her kids. Some people also prefer to buy bottle babies for raising as pets or for raising on their herd. There are numerous milk replacers and milk replacer recipes available for raising those bottle-fed babies. […]

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You need to bottle-fed your dwarf goat kids if your doe abandons her babies or if anyhow she can’t feed her kids. Some people also prefer to buy bottle babies for raising as pets or for raising on their herd. There are numerous milk replacers and milk replacer recipes available for raising those bottle-fed babies. However, here we are describing the formulas for bottle feeding dwarf goats (although, no one seems to have a definitive answer when it comes to feeding a baby goat).

First Day
The kids need only colostrum for their first day (within the first 24 hours of their life). Colostrum is life-giving and a must for the newborn kids. It is enriched with special nutrients and maternal antibodies which helps to protect the newborn kids through their first weeks of life. In some cases your doe (mom of the newborn kids) may die, and then you have to furnish colostrum to the baby goat by yourself. The only best source of colostrum is getting it from a goat. You can get it fresh or frozen, but try to feed it to the newborn kids as soon as possible. There are also colostrum replacer available in the market. You can get the replacer from the stores. Don’t try to use colostrum supplement (because colostrum supplement is not nutritionally adequate for the kids). If you can’t find any colostrum replacer, then apply homemade formulas for bottle feeding dwarf goats. Take 3 cups of milk, 1 teaspoon cod liver oil, 1 tablespoon sugar and 1 raw egg. Mix the ingredients perfectly and you are done. Feed this formula to the kids. But remember, neither this formula nor the commercial colostrum replacer will provide maternal antibodies. But those will provide the kids with the necessary nutrition.bottle feeding dwarf goats, dwarf goats, bottle feeding goats, formulas for bottle feeding dwarf goats

Try Natural Food
Both Pygmy and Nigerian dwarf goat bottle-fed babies don’t require fancy recipes. They can do just fine on cow’s milk or goat’s milk which you find in the stores. But try to avaid powdered or canned milk. Because canned and powdered milk can cause digestive upsets and diarrhea (which is known as scours). Adding 3 tablespoons of corn syrup per gallon of cow’s milk is recommended and it will make good result.

Formula
You can apply your own formula for raising your bottle-fed dwarf goats. Take 1 gallon of milk with 1 can of evaporated milk, 1 raw beaten egg and 1 cup of buttermilk. Then mix the ingredients perfectly. The buttermilk may contain enough good bacteria to keep the kids from scouring. This formula is similar to other baby goat formulas and should work for all type of baby goats.

How Often You Should Feed the Kids?
Usually both Nigerian dwarf and Pygmy goat kids tend to eat less than their full-size counterparts. But you have to determine their feeding schedule and frequency according to their appetite and health condition. Neither skimp if the kids are hungry nor overfeed them. Overfeeding causes bloat in the goat kids. A distended stomach indicates that the kids are gaining weight but not wadding away. In case of bottle feeding dwarf goats, you need to bottle-fed the kids for about three to four months. Although some people also recommend weaning the dwarf goat kids within their 8 to 10 weeks of age and start introducing solid foods. In case of weaning the kids within their 8 to 10 weeks of age, start feeding the kids 12 to 24 ounces three to four times a day for the first week. 36 ounces split two to four times in the second week and in the third and fourth weeks use 32 ounces and split two to three times a day with free choice hay and water. From 5th weeks to weaning, use 32 ounces and split two times a day with hay, grain and adequate fresh water. You can aslo be suggested some other recommendations by your vet. It’s wise to follow the vet’s suggestion.

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