Data Driven Dairy Decisions for Farmers
This guide aims to assist dairy goat farmers using new technologies on farm. It outlines the different technologies available for goats, and offers some general advice on their use.
In the European Union, dairy goat sector is pretty small when compared to dairy cows sector. Even so, EU owns only 3 % of the world’s dairy goat herds, but produces 10.5 % of the world’s goat milk (FAOSTAT, 2014); this is the only continent where goat milk has such an economic importance and organization. In Europe, dairy goat production is more common around the Mediterranean basis, where it is important from an economic, environmental and sociological perspective to the Mediterranean countries (Spain, France, Italy and Greece), but is also important in North Europe countries like the Netherlands.
Productive systems vary from semi-extensive situations to highly technological intensive farms. Some regions have typically extensive grazing-based productions, often using native breeds to produce PDO or PGI products. However, farms using high productive breeds tend to intensification. Anyway, there is room for improvement in all cases, so it is worthwhile to go in depth into all the technologies available for dairy goat producers.
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.