Establishing a goat business

Posted on 6 July 2018 by Makhosi Mahlangu

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First of all, make a clear decision of what do you really want to produce and sell from your goat farming business. Goats are multi-purpose animals. You can produce the products like milk, meat, fibre, manure and skin form goats. Go to your nearest market and try to understand which goat products have a high demand in the market. Try to produce those products which you can sell easily in your local area and in the market. Otherwise, you will lose money instead of being benefited. 

For an example, you have established a dairy goat farming business. And your goats are producing milk highly. But there are a little or no goat milk consumer in your local market. Then what will you do with your production? So, always keep in mind this factor and try to produce those products which you can sell easily in your local market. If you have a good facility of marketing your products internationally then you can produce any product from your farm. However, make a good decision of what you are going to produce form your goat farming business.

  • Meat: Nowadays goat meat has a great demand internationally. And this rate is increasing rapidly day by day. A report shows that about 70% of the total consumed meat globally comes from the goat. If you have sufficient facility for selling goat meat in your local market then you can start raising some highly meat productive goat breeds. Boer, Beetal, Matou, Black Bengal etc. are highly meat productive goat breeds.
  • Milk: Goat milk is enriched with many necessary nutrition elements and it is easily digestible. As a result, it has a huge demand in the local and international market. Goat milk is also very suitable for making all types of dairy products. If you can sell goat milk in your nearest market easily then you have to choose some highly milk productive goat breeds. Some highly milk-producing goat breeds are Saanen, Jamunapari, Toggenburg, Anglo Nubian, Alpine etc.
  • Fibre: If you want to produce fibre form your farm then Cashmere and Angora goat are very suitable. Both are highly fibre productive.
  • Skin: All goat breeds produce skin. But few of them produce high-quality skin. For business purpose, Black Bengal goat produces high-quality skin. And their skin has a high demand and value in the international market. Before start raising goats for skin to be sure that there is a market available for selling your product.
  • Manure: Some crop farmer uses goat manner in their field. It is a very high-quality organic fertilizer. You can earn some extra money by selling the manure of goat.