Angora goats; delightful pets!
Goat farming can be both profitable and fun when proper managing techniques are used! A Cuddly pet in the shape of a goat may be all you want!
Goat farming; a wonderful profession
If you are an animal lover, goat farming may be best for you. Goat farming is highly beneficial business for the following reasons:
1. Goal meat, commonly called, chevon is relished by many and has great domestic demand. It is also the costliest meat in many countries because of its huge demand.
2. Goats are comparatively hardy animals needing very little looking after. They can be raised with very little input. A goat is often called "A Poor Man's Cow.
3. Goat by products get huge returns
4. Goat milk is considered comparable to mother's milk in composition. In other words, it is the best substitute for mother's milk as it is easily digestible. It is also resistant to many diseases.
5. Goats are raised for many benefits. Angora goats are known for their highly valuable mohair which is close to invaluable.
6. These have a high proliferation rate, some breeds often producing twins and triplets.
7. Manure, a by product, also fetches revenue.
8. The nutritional requirement of goats can be fulfilled by bushes, shrubs and kitchen wastes. They have a high (F.C.R.) Feed Conversion Ratio
The first step in starting a goat farm is selection of breed. You should make this selection on the basis of the climatic conditions in your area and the demand in the market. Selective breeding of goats yields many benefits especially in areas where there is a need for a specific goat by product. There are about 69 recognized domestic breeds of goats among which Angora goats and Pashmina goats are highly prized for their fiber The Angora goats were first reared in Anatolia. Today South Africa is the largest producer of Mohair in the world.
An average goat produces four to five kilograms Mohair in one year. Earlier Angora goats used to produce only one colored fibre; white but today they can produce red, brown and black coat colors too.
If rearing Angora goats, you need to consider a few important points.
1. Angora goats are less hardy than other goat breeds.
2. These animals require more attention especially in early stages of life.
3. They are more susceptible to ectoparasites because of thick hairs on their body.
4. Their nutritional requirements are higher than other breeds and if these are not met, the quality of mohair is reduced.
5. Shearing can be done once or twice a year. Spring and fall are considered to be the best times for collecting the precious fibre.
Research shows that thickness of the wool fibre is inversely proportional to fibre quality. Less the diameter of wool, better will its quality be. Also it has been found that lean animals produce finer fiber.
There are other things that you need to consider when starting a goat farm. The feed of Angora goats should consist of high quality roughage. This can be made available by feeding them good quality hay or using a good pasture for these goats. The C.P (crude Protein) requirement may vary from 14-16 percent. You should also proved clean drinking water as many diseases are water borne. You should also take care to provide mineral mixture esp selenium.
With Proper care and management you can rise to be the best Angora goat farmer, get good returns and most importantly enjoy your work!