Goats

General

Goat Care Practices - The goals of this publication are to explain why, when, and how specific practices are used in goat production systems to support animal well-being, and not to set forth or suggest specific guidelines for production practices.

Sustainable Goat Production - Goat production can be a valuable part of a sustainable farm. Goats may fit well into the biological and economic niches in a farm operation that otherwise go untapped. Goats can also be used for control of weeds and brush to help utilize a pasture's diversity. This publication provides fundamental information relevant to all goats, especially about feeding, reproduction, and health.

Biology of the Goat - This website is devoted to the interesting and often unique biology of the goat and the organisms that call the goat their home.

Goat Equipment & Housing Plans - This site makes available conceptual plans that can be helpful in developing building layouts and selecting equipment for various agricultural applications.

Raising Goats - The goat is one of the smallest domesticated ruminants which has served mankind earlier and longer than cattle and sheep. It is managed for the production of milk, meat and wool, particularly in arid, semitropical or mountainous countries.

Meat Goat Production

Sustainable Meat Goat Production - This publication offers information specific to meat goat production, and should be read after the companion publication, Goats: Sustainable Production Overview. This document discusses topics including selection, breeds, marketing, feeding, profitability and other topics. It includes sample budgets, case studies, and many further resources.

Meat Goat Production Guide - While their curiosity and mischievousness may present some unique management problems, goats are highly adaptable animals that may be integrated into livestock operations of any scale.

Goat Carcass Characteristics - This manual has been developed as a guide to the meat goat industry in evaluating live meat goats, measuring important carcass traits and standardizing cutting procedures for goat carcasses.

Meat Goat Production - This report covers topics such as industry size, value, and expansion, as well as historic development, and the education and research program.

Dairy Goat Production

Owning a Dairy Cow or Goat - People who live in the suburbs and own a small acreage often choose dairy cattle or dairy goats as a way to harvest and use their forage. Goats, especially, help control brush and weeds and keep the area from becoming unsightly.

Sustainable Dairy Goat Production - This publication is intended for those interested in starting a commercial goat dairy. It discusses the five major considerations to be addressed in planning for dairy goat production: labor, sales and marketing, processing, regulations, and budgeting and economics. A resource list for further information about dairy goat production follows the end notes.

Dairy Goat Production Guide - Dairy goat production is an alternative livestock enterprise suitable for many small-scale or part-time livestock operations. Goat's milk has specialized because of its composition.

Fiber Goat Production

Cashmere Characteristics -  The cashmere goat is a member of the species Capra hircus, as are all goats. Because environment plays such a major role in determining the quality of the cashmere produced, it is very difficult to identify truly superior genetics.

Colored Angora Goat Breeders Association - CAGBA is dedicated to the development and promotion of Colored Angora Goats, closer fellowship and continuing education among members.

Raising Angora Goats and other Fiber Goat Information - Angora goats may be the most efficient fiber producers on earth. Although Angora goats are somewhat delicate, they grow their fleeces year-round.

Breeds & Reproduction

Goat Breeds - The goat, along with sheep, were among the earliest domesticated animals. Unlike sheep, goats easily revert to feral or wild condition given a chance. In fact, the only domestic species which will return to a wild state as rapidly as a goat is the domestic cat.

Artificial Insemination of Dairy Goats - Artificial insemination involves collection of semen from a buck and transfer of the semen to the reproductive tract of the doe. Does can be inseminated with either fresh or commercially available frozen semen. This publication discusses the use of frozen semen to artificially inseminate does.

Other Goat Resources

Boer & Meat Goat Information Center - The mission of BoerGoats.com is: To be a respected, credible and objective source of information about, and analysis of, issues impacting the Boer and meat goat industry by working with all stake holders to achieve best practice in the promotion of the industry.

Goat World - Goat World has been set up to buy, sell, share, learn, teach, and care for everything goats. There are articles and resources from start to finish to maintain and care for goats.

Internal Parasites in Sheep and Goats - Parasites commonly found in sheep and goats can be divided into two general categories: external (skin) and internal (organ) parasites.

Maryland Small Ruminant Information - This website is privately-owned and was created as an information portal for sheep and goat producers and anyone else interested in small ruminants. The web site includes original documents and images as well as a comprehensive list of links pertaining to small ruminants and related topics.