Valuable tips on goat rearing

Goat rearing

Rearing of goats can be very rewarding Goats easily adapt to varied temperatures. However, the following tips will help reduce the incidence of death and disease.

  1.  Never subject your goats to wind. Windy conditions encourage pneumonia-causing bacteria like Pasteurella multocida to proliferate, which can easily cause disease.
  2.  Keep your goats warm. Use materials that maintain warmth such as off-cuts to build your structure, line the walls with plywood and place carpet papyrus reeds beneath the iron sheet roof as this keeps the house warm. Build the goat house parallel to the direction in which the wind blows.
  3.   Avoid overcrowding; allocate enough sleeping space to each goat. When goats are too squeezed they produce methane gas during digestion at night and ammonia which can cause self poisoning leading to death.
  4.  Keep your goats in a shaded area when it’s hot and don’t take them out if it’s too cold or rainy.
  5. Keep feeding troughs dry to ensure that mould does not develop on the feeds
  6.  Never subject your goats to wind. Windy conditions encourage pneumonia-causing bacteria like Pasteurella multocida to proliferate, which can easily cause disease.
  7.  Keep your goats warm. Use materials that maintain warmth such as off-cuts to build your structure, line the walls with plywood and place carpet papyrus reeds beneath the iron sheet roof as this keeps the house warm. Build the goat house parallel to the direction in which the wind blows.
  8.   Avoid overcrowding; allocate enough sleeping space to each goat. When goats are too squeezed they produce methane gas during digestion at night and ammonia which can cause self poisoning leading to death.
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