Goats are popular because of the comparably short time, small investment, and minimal facilities that are needed for success. In addition, goats are very adaptable animals that perform well in almost any environment.
Because of their small size, goats are often viewed as fun pets. While this is often true, it is important to realize that goats, like any other project, are a full-time responsibility. Before beginning your goat business, make sure that you are committed to caring for your goat at least twice a day, every day. As with any animal, goats not only require feed and water, they also need exercise, sunshine, and companionship. In order to be successful in your business, your goat(s) will require additional time spent training and grooming.
Once you have decided to begin a goat project and committed to the responsibility of owning an animal, there are several more steps that need to be completed in order to prepare yourselves. The following are suggested steps to help guide you through your business
Before beginning any project it is important to know as much as possible about the animal that you will be working with and to have a plan for production, management and marketing of the business
In order to decide what type of business is best suited for you and your situation, there are several questions that you must first find the answer to.
- What kind of goals do I have for this project?
- How much time and money do I want to invest?
- How do I plan to market my goats?
- What are my facilities suitable for? Do they need improvement?
- What kind of goats do I want to raise? i.e. type, breeding or market animals.
- How many goats can I feed at one time?
- Do I have the resources available to provide proper health care?
- Am I comfortable with selecting animals to purchase?
- What classes are available at my local fair?
There are several different resources that can be useful in answering these questions. Most importantly remember that the best way to find out is to ask someone who has been in the industry.
This is where kimd construction and farm consultants ltd comes in to guide you on answering the questions above through making a detailed business plan for your business. We have been in goat farming industry for quite a number of years. Trust us today and benefit forever. When it comes to business plan, the company offers the following;
- The company has effective and detailed business plans and proposals for livestock and poultry at a friendly cost and we plan for farmers worldwide
- We plan for all systems of production types regardless of the number of animals
- Our business plan guides you on the selection of good location, breeds, among others and we help our clients in plan implementation and we provide market for the products For details, find us on all social media platforms (kimd construction and farm consultants ltd), our website page at org , or all directly on 0789058152
As in life, setting goals is invaluable to your goat project. The goals that you make will determine the direction that your project takes. Evaluate why you are choosing this project. If you are not interested in a long-term commitment, a sensible goal could be to compete only at the county fair with your market goat. No matter what goals you decide upon, commit yourself to developing a detailed plan to accomplish your goals. It is helpful to include your goals as part of your record books. This aids in measuring your project’s success.
Step 3: Developing a Time and Money Budget
There are several different phases of the goat industry in which a person can become involved. The production sector is rapidly growing. Meat goat production includes the owning, breeding, raising and selling of goats. Producing goats begins with the purchase of several does, getting them bred, caring for them through their pregnancy and caring for their kids until the time of sale.
FOLLOW THESE TIPS TO BUY GOATS
Choosing the right goat is not an easy task. No one should ever ‘’go out and buy a goat’’ without doing some homework first, otherwise, you will waste time, effort and money on it later. Do your research, it involves many steps.
1.Do your homework- firstly, start by reading a variety of goat-related websites and forums online. Ask other goat owners about their experiences with different breeds, but always get information from different people because breeds that work well for one person may not work well for you
2.Narrow your focus- secondly, be clear about what you want from your goats. If you like milk and cheese, you don’t want to waste your time with Boer goats. If you are looking for meat, there is no way to get a pygmy
3.Lastly, be realistic about your available time and budget. Find goats that are healthy without any problems. This is especially important if you have a full-time job outside of farming, in which case a goat that requires constant monitoring, care, or care of expensive animals is not a good choice. Consider your budget when choosing goats
NB And when looking for quality breeds, look no further! Still Kimd construction and farm consultants ltd has got you covered. The company has quality breeds of all types at cheap costs and supplies wherever you are.
To increase profitability, it is usually necessary to own several animals. Production is a year-round time commitment. It involves greater money and time investments than a market project.
Step 4: Designing a Marketing Plan
It is important to remember that a goat project is similar to running a business. Like any good business, a project member must know where the product will be sold. The process of getting a product to the point where it can be sold/used is called marketing. The place where that occurs is referred to as a market. The type of market you target depends on the type of project you decide to pursue.
There are several different marketing plans that can be used. It is important that each operation design the marketing plan that will be the most effective for that specific operation.
- Worry not when it comes to marketing your products. Kimd construction and farm consultants ltd provides market through connection.
Step 5: Facilities
The main requirements for a goat’s comfort are space for resting, exercising, shelter from the elements, clean and fresh feed and water. It is necessary to build standard new structure just for your goats. Each goat should have a minimum of 15 square feet of space in the shelter. For example, a 5 foot by 6 foot (30 sq. ft.) shed would be big enough for two goats.
Goats also prefer dry and well bedded floors. The bedding should be changed often enough to keep it relatively clean and dry. The building should also be well-drained so that there is no danger of standing water inside the shelter.
- At kimd construction and farm consultants ltd, we construct standard goats’ shelter for both production systems at affordable prices. Don’t use unskilled people to make poor work that will stress your animals. Come in touch with us, we know all what is needed for a goat to be healthy and comfortable
Goats are very active and curious animals. It is important that adequate fencing is used to contain them. This is both for the safety of the animal and is important in keeping a good relationship with the neighbors. While building pens and corrals, use panels that are at least 5 feet tall. It is helpful to use panels with 4–inch (or smaller) squares. These panels are tall enough to stop goats from jumping and the 4-inch squares are small enough to keep the goat from getting their heads stuck in the fences. Additionally, the small squares should keep most predators and stray dogs out.
TIPS FOR FENCING GOAT FARM
1.Goats are best for crawling at short intervals or climbing over fences. A five-foot fence or more stronger than a ‘’no-climb’’ wire fence between lines, is harder to climb or slip than a fence made of horizontal beams. If you have the money and are, then make sure to make separate, strong box pens, especially with strong and long fences. This fence will prevent your bucks from accessing your work on easter. In other words, it will prevent your goats from breeding un planned. Significantly different-sized goats should not be kept together unless they are kept with their mother.
- Fencing for goats needs to be protected, not only to keep them in doors, but also to keep out predators (foxes, bears, dogs, coyotes and more.) then put a fence inside the goats to keep the goats away from each other (this can be temporary or permanent)
- Temporary fencing- temporary fencing means keeping money and weaning babies away from work. It can be poly tape or wire electric mesh, or high tensile electric wire. If using high tensile wire, you will need 5 to 7 wire strips at a distance of about 6 inches at the bottom and a little more for the upper wires
- Permanent fencing – permanent fencing can also be made with high tensile wire, but if you aim for small predators as foxes are kept away, can easily crawl under a six-inch high wire. A strand of barbed or electric wire at the top will help keep goats in and more predators out
- Your goats will need a place to go in the dry season and rainy season. A small pole barn will work fine. Breeds of thick coats goats may be able to withstand cold temperatures but first, check with an experienced goat famer. A three-sided wall will provide fresh air if you live in a mild climate. If your area is experiencing a cold, create a completely closed, draft free environment, but let the goats out during the day. Goats hate puddles and wet weather. If you live in a rainy area, you may want to provide a large indoor enclosure
Step 6: Feed and Watering Equipment
Goats require a nutritious diet and fresh water at all times in order to grow and be healthy. Waterers and feeders must be checked daily. This will help to ensure that each are kept clean and working properly. Although a self-waterer may be the answer for keeping water fresh, it still requires cleaning and regular maintenance. The water source should be located in the shade to keep water cool in the dry season. It should also be raised off the ground high enough to discourage the goats from standing or relieving themselves in it.
The feeder should be raised at least 6 inches off of the ground. This is to assist in keeping the feed cleaner. By not placing feed on the ground the spread of parasites and diseases is lessened. If hand feeding your goat project, use small portable troughs that can be placed at shoulder height to the goat. This again, discourages them from standing and defecating in the feed.
The best way to measure progress in your project is with record keeping. As discussed earlier, all livestock projects are similar to a business. The ultimate goal for each of them is to produce some sort of product. This product may be milk, or fiber, or meat. The best way to make sure that the business is producing the highest quality products with the lowest costs is through record keeping.
Records will help you to keep track of expenses and income and assist you in measuring the genetic and physical progress of each animal. Each individual tends to keep records with their own method. However, it is also important to consult skilled people on proper record keeping and these are only kimd construction and farm consultants ltd
The company guides you on what to do and we offer free training of workers on general goat management
Trust us today to make a foundation for your business and enjoy a life time investment. With kimd, quality is our priority. For further information, visit our website page at kimd.org or call 0789058152. Thank you.