College of Veterinary Medicine Small Ruminant Program
Iowa State University, Extension & Outreach, Dairy Team
Dairy Goat Management channel
Dairy Goat Housing, Ventilation and Milking Systems
Join Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Dairy Team as Field Ag Engineer, Brian Dougherty and Extension Dairy Specialist, Larry Tranel, provide information on dairy goat housing, ventilation, and milking systems.
CAE and what you need to know!
Join Dr. Paul Plummer, Iowa State University, College of Veterinary Medicine, and Executive Director of National Institute of Antimicrobial Resistance Research and Education, as he discusses what CAE (Caprine Arthritis Encephalitis) is and practical ways to manage the spread of CAE in your herd.
by Gaille Abud (IGA member) and Arthur Stubbs
This revised edition of the “Dairy Goat Manual” was compiled as a guide to current recommended dairy goat farm management practices based on observations and information gained during the course of the RIRDC project “Farming and Marketing Goat and Sheep Milk Products”.
Information contained in this Manual is provided as general advice only. For application to specific situations, professional advice should be sought.
RIRDC and its research agents have taken all reasonable steps to ensure that the information in these publications is accurate at the time of publication. Readers should ensure that they make appropriate enquiries to determine whether new information is available on the particular subject matter.
The project was funded from RIRDC Core Funds which are provided by the Australian Government.
This report, an addition to RIRDC’s diverse range of over 1800 research publications, forms part of our New Animal Products R&D program, which aims to accelerate the development of viable new animal industries.
Most of our publications are available for viewing, downloading or purchasing online through our website:
Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation
The Annual Dairy Sheep and Goat Conference has world class lectures on aspects of Dairy Sheep and Dairy Goat production and medicine, aimed at all small ruminant farmers, vets, advisors, nutritionists and suppliers. A combination of quality science and practical information given to an audience of farmers and vets.
The Asian-Austalasian Journal of Animal Science has just published the special issue on the “Global Dairy Goat Industry - Current Status and The Way Forward.” It is available online. You can find the full papers at AJAS home (www.ajas.info). Please click “SPECIAL ISSSE” or “BROWSE ARTICLES” to see those papers.
This special issue will become an excellent reference for all those in the goat industry and research.
"At the recently held Animal Production Society of Kenya's Scientific conference in Nakuru, there was a meeting of farmers who are members of the Dairy Goat Association of Kenya (DGAK), along with researchers and experts in animal production. They observed that shrinking land sizes and increased urbanisation are some of the things that are taking a toll on goat farming."
The information contained in this manual describes the important aspects of dairy goat production in Trinidad and Tobago. Its purpose is to help you and other farmers improve your production. The manual assumes that you are interested in dairy goat production, but it does not assume that you know anything about rearing them. This manual provides you with some basic knowledge and technologies about various aspects of dairy goat production including but not limited to: choosing good goats, nutrition, feeding, breeding, grooming, disease control and treatment. There is a chapter which gives an example of proper record keeping tables and even includes a herd projection table for a twenty-doe unit.
George F W Haenlein
Nutrition & Food Science International Journal, Volume 2, Issue 4, February 2017
The worldwide distribution of goats was discussed leading to the justifiable assumption that more people drink goat milk or eat their products than any other milk after weaning from human nursing. Goats have had a superior growth rate in numbers compared to other milk producing domestic animals, especially in the developing countries with large population increases and high rates of undernutrition and malnutrition. Goat farming, especially with milking goats can be quite profitable regardless of country, if intensive types of management are practiced, leading to the prospect that for the increasing people populations there are increasing numbers of milk producing goats available to fight undernutrition and malnutrition. The choice for goat milk has at least three reasons,
Keywords: Dairy goats; Cow milk allergy; Alpha-s-2 casein; Medium chain fatty acids; Conjugated linoleic acid (CLA)
This manual was written to assist producers, veterinarians, extension and dairy support personnel in the production of quality goat milk. You are welcome to download, use and share.
Please give proper credit to this guide. Let us know what you think!
Dear researchers, colleagues, and stakeholders in animal production- veterinary medicine, agriculture, environment, and economic.
The conference theme is Strengthening Development of Dairy Goat Production Adapting to Climate Change. This conference will be a forum for collaboration between scientists, managers, educators, national and international experts and enterprises to share experiences, research results, management, husbandry, veterinary and business for promoting the development of dairy goats for milk and meat and climate change adaptation in Vietnam and the world.
All joking aside: Goats step from comic relief to dairy spotlight (in the USA)
Sara T. Bredesen
There are plenty of jokes shared among cow dairymen that praise one breed at the expense of another, but at the bottom of the heap in nearly every joke is the lowly goat. Lowly in stature compared to their bovine sisters perhaps, but America’s dairy goats are making headway in the dairy industry as contenders for the attention of cheese-savvy consumers.
Milk goats were brought to the New World 300 years ago by its first English settlers in Jamestown and Plymouth Rock, and by Spanish explorers nearly two centuries before that in the American Southwest. The animals were gregarious, easy keepers, infinitely more transportable than cattle and could consistently deliver as many as three or four offspring annually. The young, in turn, would produce milk and meat within one year of birth. Dairy goats became the mainstay of small homesteads and were as much a part of diversified farming as pigs and chickens. A USDA census in 1900 estimated dairy goat numbers at 1.2 million.
The International Goat Association promotes goat research and development for the benefit of humankind, to alleviate poverty, to promote prosperity and to improve the quality of life.