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The mother goat licks its newly-born kid the Tianjin Veterinary Research Institute in north China’s port city of Tianjin on November 2, 2005. The kid, the world’s first Boer goat cloned from embryonic cells, was born there at 9:05 a.m. on a Wednesday.

Then 16 months later it gives birth to two of its own kids in the north China’s port city of Tianjin on Thursday, March 29, 2007.

Notice the FILTHY conditions?


A buck can ruin your herd just as fast as a good carefully chosen buck can improve it. Using him just because he ‘looks good’ does not mean he should be used for breeding. When you are ready to get a buck, be prepared to do some homework and leg work searching for that quality. If you were in Australia locating a quality registered buck of your choice breed is not a big challenge. Here in Sarawak where locally born registered animals are non existent then a good drive around will have to do searching for what you need. Don’t be afraid to ask stupid questions.

You want to make sure you see at least the buck’s mother, and possibly the father, of any buck you decide on. Look at the mothers udder, because is she has a “bad” udder, those udder genes will be passed on through her son and you really do not want that. Look at both parents conformation. Are they within the requirements of the particular breed you are aiming for? Look at the other offspring the father had sired, is the quality also there? Does he have any birth records? What was his weight at birth? Did the breeder keep any records of his weight gained as he aged?

Remember, that Buck you chose represents your future herd.


So now you know!


Twin Otter at Kuching International Airport just before leaving for Mukah

Twin Otter at Kuching International Airport just before leaving for Mukah

Last week i went to Mukah. One hour of my big bum on a tiny seat. More like one bum cheek overhanging on one small seat. Interesting flight, nice scenery, slow and low enough to enjoy the view.


There is a wide range of problems with farmer feeding Goats here in Sarawak where it is in the tropical zone.

  • Low levels of protein for growth (and milk production)
  • Mineral deficiencies
  • Poor access to fresh water
  • Much too fibrous feed
  • Seasonal feed fluctuations in quantity and quality
  • Poor nutrition for lactating dams
  • Poor quality feed for kids

Basically too few farmers take the effort to ensure that their Goats require more than the forage (at most times limited to some roadside growing grass) their Goats have access to when tethered or the cut and carry system many apply for stall fed Goats. For those who tether their Goats they very seldom take into consideration that these animals require a good selected site that perhaps was developed with forage foods and providing them with supplies of energy giving supplementary feed, protein and minerals. Stall fed animals should have access to selected quality and mixed feeds, forage crops and supplemented by giving energy, protein and mineral supplements.

There are also some considerations when managing stall fed Goats as in inadequate feeder space, cramped conditions and the lack of understanding that shy and bully Goats have to be separated not to forget those smaller Goats that tend to end up not getting their share when shoved and butted away by the bigger and stronger animals.

You don’t need a PHD to be a Goat farmer. Just good old basic common sense and most important an appreciation for nature.


Seriously Folks. Get it Right.

Sheep Meat = Mutton

Goat Meat = Chevon

Young Milk Fed Goat Meat = Capretto


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Research Your Market BEFORE You Buy Your First Goat – Find out what kind of demand for goats exists in your area, then breed for that market. Then take a long hard look at yourself and your intended operation. Are you are going to be a hobbyist or a serious market-oriented producer? If your market is production of animals for meat or raising herd sires/dams, then solicit advice from experienced producers within your chosen field. Applying the wrong techniques to your herd will result in serious health problems for your goats, your bank balance and your sanity.

Choose the RIGHT Breed – Find a breed of goat that fits your climate and situation as well as your goals. Goats are primarily dry climate animals, but some breeds seem to be more adaptable than others to different climatic conditions. For example, Boers were developed for living in the hot and dry climate of the African veld and reportedly encounter serious stomach-worm problems in very rainy areas of the World.

Not Feeding Goats RIGHT & ENOUGH - Goats are picky eaters with easily-upset rumens needing a wide variety of high-quality forage/browse. Research how to feed them properly. Protein is only one element of a feed ration. Long fiber is essential to rumen function. The rumen is the goat’s digestive factory. Calcium-to-phosphorus ratios are critical. Copper, selenium, zinc, and thiamine (Vitamin B-1) are but a few of the important minerals and vitamins essential to a goats health and reproduction.

WRONG Breeding Techniques – Don’t breed large-framed males to small-framed females. Don’t breed does too young or too soon after kidding. Learn from the mistakes made by breeders of livestock and apply that information to your breeding program.

NO Medications and Health Supplies on hand – Learn and understand what you need to have on hand and purchase it before you need it. You won’t have the luxury of time to go get it when an emergency arises.

Do your “homework” before you start raising goats. Go into goat farming for the right reason and attitude. Its more work than you think, not just tethering the goat to a patch of grass all day and then expecting miracles. If you don’t, goats will die unnecessarily due to your laziness lack of knowledge and preparedness.


Now You Know!


Having always been interested in Diary breeds i was pretty excited when a fellow farmer friend told me about Dave, who had a couple of Saanen’s which he bought from the SEDC. It was claimed that the manager had offered him these Saanen’s when they were ‘accidentally loaded’ on a shipment from Australia.

Sanaan Buck? You either must be joking or have too much water in between your ears...

Saanen Buck? You either must be joking or have too much water in between your ears...

I have seen a couple of Saanen’s in my life but have never seen one looking remotely like this. This is what a REAL Saanen looks like…

Sanaan Buck - The REAL Thing...

Saanen Buck - The REAL Thing...

Anyways i had a good chuckle and shake of the head later. But it is in these type of situations where Australia gets a bad name, not that it was her fault. More like some greedy ass who took advantage of an ignorant farmer. Typical.