Big buck$ for pastoral farmers 2018 published by CAPRINEX gathers 40 years of farmer experience in New Zealand and research into 50 sections of readable information. It is especially for commercial livestock farmers adding goats to help them to profitably produce meat, fibre, enhance clover and control weeds. Pastoral goats are as essential as fertiliser and fencing on especially hill country farms, and will be a key animal in future sustainable farming. Recommendations for simple low cost, low risk introduction of goats to sheep and cattle systems will support especially new farmers with their management. Existing commercial farmers with goats can also have much to learn.
As founder, and later with several partners, author Garrick Batten developed the Kiko pastoral goat by pioneering population genetic breeding in goats and focussing on key profit points. Kiko foundation stock were exported to the USA in the mid 90s where they became the second largest meat goat breed. Kiko breeding stock and genetics were also exported to six other countries. More recently he instigated a New Zealand project with a partner to develop the Kikonui™ breed as an improved Kiko specifically for NZ hill country.
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Which meat goat breed is best?
Canada is home to Boer, Kiko, Spanish, and Myotonic meat goats. Each meat goat producer will be able to tell you why they raise a specific breed, a combination of breeds, or cross breed of two or more breeds on their farm. However, what works well on one operation may not be ideal for all situations. While insight from experienced meat goat producers is invaluable, recent science has been investigating the profitability of different breeds of meat goats.
Written by Jean-Marie Luginbuhl, IGA Secretary-Treasurer
Why graze meat goats with beef cattle?
Upon invitation, Professor Christopher Lu visited the Institute of Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Medicine of Guizhou Academy of Agricultural Sciences during 2016. Dr. Lu presented an invited paper entitled “Overview of Global Meat Goat Industry”.
There are approximately one billion goats in the world, mostly for meat purposes. The top ten countries with the largest goat populations are China, India, Pakistan, Nigeria, Bangladesh, Sudan, Kenya, Ethiopia, Iran, and Mali. There are about three million goats in the United States with a continued increasing trend since the 1980’s.
On the hoof in Patagonia
It's spring in the Neuquén Province of Argentinean Patagonia, and a goat herder drives his animals to the summer rangelands high in the mountains. It's a route his ancestors have taken since the goats were introduced by Spanish settlers in the 17th century. But this traditional transhumant system is becoming increasingly difficult to maintain in modern-day Argentina, threatening the survival of the goats and the families that depend on them.
Neuquén Criollo goats are not a formally-recognised breed in Argentina, but their owners, the crianceros, know them well: the hardy animals have consistently provided generations of crianceros and their families with high quality meat. Able to graze comfortably at 2,500m above sea level, walk long distances, withstand the bitterly cold winters in the lowlands and semi-arid summers in the highlands, the 300,000-or-so Neuquén Criollos have adapted well to life in Patagonia.
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Sociedad Española de Ovinotecnia y Caprinotecnia – The Spanish Society of Sheep and Goat (SEOC) is a non-profit, open to all professionals with an interest in sheep and/or goats, both meat and milk production.
In 1975, a group of teachers, researchers and technicians in the field of animal production set up the Spanish Society of Sheep. The Spanish Society of Sheep was born from the concern of these professionals to exchange knowledge, promote research and above all, translate the latest developments on this species to the rural world through their technicians. In its IX Conference (1984), the field of action of the Society was expanded into the study of Caprine species, and the organization was renamed, the Spanish Society of Sheep and Goat (SEOC).
The “Jianzhou big-eared goat” is China’s newest meat goat variety. This marks the second successful cultivation of a new variety of meat goats in Sichuan Province, and the first Chinese meat goat since in 1998 following the country’s successful “Nanjiang yellow goat” variety in Sichuan Province.
Jianzhou big-eared goats evolved after 60 years of crosses between the British Nubian goat and the Jianyang local goat breed, including three cultivation stages: the introduction stage (hybrid form and hybrid population), progressive hybrid breeding stage, and transverse formation of fixed and breeding new varieties subculture stage. Jianzhou big-eared goats are 75% Nubian and 25% Jianyang.
They are characterised by the following:
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.