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Financing the Goat Business

Financing the Goat Business

Most farmers lack knowledge of how much they need for their goat businesses. Farmers should have an estimate of how much they require for start up costs and operating expenses. They must produce a financial plan/budget. This will help the farmer to source for funding. The plan should state how much money is needed for the following items:

  • Infrastructure
  • Breeding stock
  • Feeds
  • labour
  • Veterinary supplies
  • Transport

It should also estimate income from the business. Sources of finance are:

Goat Business Management

Goat Business Management

Understand the practice of goat marketing, Understand the different market structures and marketing options available, Understand the key areas they have to manage for effective goat marketing, Understand the requirements for effecting negotiation and bargaining power, Understand how to plan for their business, Understand how to keep records, Understand how to budget and finance the business.

Routine Heath Management Practices

Routine Heath Management Practices

The routine health management practices include dipping, dosing, vaccination and hoof trimming.

Dipping: There are quite a number of diseases that are caused by external parasites such as ticks and mange mites. The most effective way to prevent these diseases is to control these parasites using acaricides. There are different methods of dipping that can be applied to goats.

Health Goat Farming Business

Health Goat Farming Business

Diseases contribute to high mortalities in goats, and they reduce animal performance. It is therefore important for a farmer to closely monitor the flock. This enables the farmer to detect any sick animals and render assistance as early as possible. Early treatment reduces the chances of spread of the disease. It is important to note that different diseases may present similar symptoms therefore one disease must not be confused for another. Proper and accurate diagnosis is required before attempting to treat the animal.

Crop Small Livestock Production Systems

Crop Small Livestock Production Systems

Integrated crop-livestock production systems explain the inter-dependence between crops and livestock that is each benefiting from the other. For most small scale and marginalized farmers, crops and livestock are often the major sources of income. These products are often disposed of during times of need where cash is needed urgently to provide for other services. Integrated systems can increase farm productivity for most resource poor farmers.

Crop – livestock Interaction:

Benefits of Livestock to Crops

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