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Dairy Goat

Dairy Goat

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Published by: Gs Meena on May 03, 2011
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 This farmers booklet on rearing dairy goats was written and prepared byFARM Africa to aid farmers keep and maximumly benefit from dairy goats.The booklet has been prepared using simple language that farmers canunderstand. Hence the efforts to avoid technical language. Writers sharetheir project experiences with farmers.The growing demand for dairy goats within and outside Kenya has prompt-ed us to prepare this booklet for farmers who may acquire goats from theFARM Africa project in Meru and need skills for rearing/keeping the goats.Thorough and detailed information for those who may need can beobtained from a book by FARM Africa's chief Executive, Dr. ChristiePeacock - Improving Goat Production in the Tropics.Writer's of the booklet are Dr. Bonface K. Kaberia, Mr. Patrick Mutia, Mr.Camillus Ahuya all of FARM Africa - Meru and Tharaka Nithi Dairy Goatand animal Healthcare Project (1996 - 2003).This booklet was produced in collaboration with Mediae.Funded by DFID.
INTRODUCTION TO GOATSGoats can produce well in different environments
Goats are widely distributed in diverse habitats• Deserts• Mountains• GrasslandsLush tropicsGoats can live even when there are:Water shortagesFood shortagesVery hotVariable temperatures, changing from hot to coldHard, rocky country
Goats survive because
 Short gestation - only 5 monthsBreed by season in temperate zonesBreed all year round in tropical zonesOften give twins
How they feed
 They eat by grazing and browsingBrave and interested to seek out foodFeeds at different heightsStand on hind legs to reach foodFeet help them climb in trees
Has a lot of milk up to 7 litres of milk per day
Whitish in colour
Large 63-77kg for females and Males weigh 80-100kg live body weight
Short fur
No horns
Has high prolificacy- 2 kids per birth
Does not prefer hot areas
- From Toggenburg valley- Brown in colour- White line on the face, legs and tail- Male weigh between 70-IIOkgs while female weigh 60-70kg livebodyweight- Produces up to 5 litres of milk per day- Has a little bit higher butter-fat content
A cross breed of Nubian (sudan) and English goats.- White and dropping ears- Male weighs between 70-110 kgs live body weight- Females weigh 60-70 kgs live body weight- Its milk has a high butter-fat content- Produces up to 5 litres milk per day- Its milk is good for making cheese due to high butter fat content- Has long dropping ears
4. G
erman Alpine/British Alpines
- Black in colour
- Produces up to 3 litres per day- Shorter than Toggenburg
- Brownish in colour- Gives up to 3 litres per day
6. Galla
(also referred
as Boran or Somali goat)
- Goats are well adapted to many environments- There are many breeds of dairy goats available for use- The genetic diversity of goats should be better understood andrespected- Goats can overgraze and damage the environment if not lookedafter properly- Goats are a very good source of income and food if well managed

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