There is more to caring for goats than just basic maintenance and keeping them healthy, whether you are keeping and raising goats just for something different, or you are doing it to make a profit.
Keeping a goat as a pet can be fun. However, you may be one of the many who are raising goats to help keep your grass short, or to provide milk or meat, or for their coat. Goats are often raised for their milk and meat in developing countries.
Goats are known for being hardy and strong, although there are still some important steps to take to ensure they are healthy and content. During hot weather, they need to have access to a shelter from the hot sun, and just as importantly, they need to have shelter from the rain and access to dry bedding.
A single goat can easily become lonely and even lose its appetite. Always raise at least two goats together, as your goats will be much more content if they have at least one companion.
You can protect your goats from potential predators and also prevent them from wandering off, by having secure fencing around their compound. Keeping them securely fenced in can also help to keep them free of diseases which can be contracted by contact with other animals.
Good quality grains and hay are also a must to ensure that your goats are well fed and healthy. To maintain their health, you will also need to make sure that they receive their recommended daily intake of minerals and vitamins.
Hay that is left on the round for too long will become moldy and your goats will tend to ignore it. This can be prevented by stacking your hay for feeding and making sure that it doesn’t sit too long, or that the ground isn’t wet.
You can also keep food wastage to a minimum by keeping any stacked hay as clean as possible and ready for your goats to eat. Dirty hay is not only unappealing, but it can also become a breeding ground for various parasites or ground borne diseases. Feeding your oats clean hay is one of the most important steps and can help to make sure your goats are as healthy and as productive as possible.