Goat farming

All of the standards and actions required regarding basic goat care, health and welfare apply equally to the farming of goats where up to a thousand or more goats are farmed commercially.
Goat milk and goats milk products are now on sale in most supermarkets and liquid milk sales represent the bulk of the market.
The large numbers of goats require substantial adaptation and adjustment to housing, feeding, general management and marketing strategies.
Some successful units farm less than 100 goats, but usually the milk is processed on farm, e.g making specialist gourmet cheeses.
There is a growing market in goats meat, largely using boer males as terminal sires on dairy females.

It is however, an industry which is viewed by some as a high risk opportunity: see RABDF – 2008 perspective.

More information can be found by browsing the BGS Contacts on this site and also Books for Sale