CREATING WEALTH THROUGH GOAT FARMING.
The increasing demand for Goat in Nigeria can’t be ignored as this has to be met. Akuya, Ewurẹ, Ewu, as called by the 3 major ethnic groups(Hausa, Yoruba, and Igbo respectively) in Nigeria.
Variably there are three different breeds of goat available in the Nigerian market such as; – Sahel (Sh), Red Sokoto (RS), and West African Dwarf (WAD), you need to determine which breed would best suit your purpose as per productivity and Profit. Figuring out why you’re venturing into goat farming and considering which breed would give you the best results is one question to be answered. You can shop for your livestock online at www.Htsfarms.ng. Here are 5 reasons to consider this venture:
4 Reasons to Consider Goat Farming.
1. HIGH DEMAND AND CONSUMER PREFERENCE: Most people prefer goat meat due to availability and taste majorly coupled with other factors such as cost and taste. It has been estimated by the ministry of agriculture that about 22,000 goats are consumed daily in Nigeria.
2. RAW MATERIALS: Goat skins as one popular raw material can be dried and tanned like leather and used in a number of products, including goatskin gloves. Goat hides (with hair still intact) are traditionally used to make drum heads. Goatskin rugs can also be made. The following are other by-products gotten from goat: Goat milk soap, Goat milk paint, Candles, Beer etc.
3. FEEDING AND MANAGEMENT: Goats are easy to feed and manage as they require minimal supervision, they are browsers. They would prefer to browse if given a choice. Goats can feed on the following Hey, Grain feed, Kitchen and garden Scraps, Range and Chaffhaye. Of course, your goats need access to fresh, clean water at all times.
4. REPRODUCTION: At 1 year of age, the buck should service no more than 10 does at a time (in one month). When he is 2 years old, he should be able to service 25 Does at a time. At the age of 3 and older, he can breed up to 40 Does at one time, as long as his health and nutritional needs are met. The average goat gestation lasts 150 days, so a female goat could have two deliveries per year. If you’re thinking of breeding goats, prepare yourself for an average of two kids per pregnancy. While that’s the average, one to three kids per birth is perfectly normal.
In addition the Goats not only produce neater pelletized droppings, but their manure doesn’t typically attract insects or burn plants as does manure from cows or horses. Goat manure is virtually odourless and is beneficial for the soil.
As you can see, there are endless possibilities in the goat farm business and the turnover time is fantastic as well, but the big question now is how to start.
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