Livestock rearing like goat farming in South Africa is one of the largest agricultural sector in this country. Along with goat farming there are large population of cattle (about 13.8 million) and sheep (about 28.8 million). Goats are farmed together with sheep and cattle throughout South Africa. Especially in some regions where bush encroachment are rife. Goats are making a valuable contribution to the livestock farming business in South Africa. In some rural areas of South Africa where the people are economically deprived, goat farming is considered as a source of ready cash-income, social security and food.
Benefits of Goat Farming in South Africa
- Highly productive goat breeds are available throughout the country.
- Farmers/producers can easily raise goats with their other livestock and domestic animal like cattle and sheep.
- As goats are multipurpose animal, so you can use them for milk, meat, fiber or skin production.
- Minimum care and management cost compared to other animal.
- Very suitable for raising with other animals.
The famous meat goat breed “Boer” originated from South Africa. It is a native South African breed. It is a very popular and highly meat productive meat goat throughout the country and whole world. In some dry North West regions of South Africa, extensive ranching of goats is done together with Persian, Droper and Karakul sheep. Angora goat is also an important goat breed in Eastern Karoo. Farming Angora goats spread in the temperate regions and to the Lesotho highlands. Milch goat farming is not popular enough. However, given the high occurrence of cow milk allergy, there are considerable opportunities for goat farming business to expand in South Africa.