Housing Requirements for Goat
|Housing pattern for goats||
Tethering: In this system goats are
usually tied with a rope to a tree or on a peg and they will be able to
browse from the surrounding. It is a convenient method from the standpoint
of minimum labour input and utilisation of feeds. This system is suitable
for farmers with one or two goats.
Extensive production: This system can be adopted if grazing land is available where goats are allowed to browse on free range and provided with shelter during nighttime.
Intensive production: This method is suitable in urban areas where there is scarcity of land. In this method goats are confined exclusively in sheds and fed on leaves/grass and concentrates.
Semi-intensive: This method represents varying degrees of compromise between extensive and intensive production. In this system the goats are allowed to go out of the shed for a few hours daily.
Integration with cropping system: In this case goats can be allowed to browse under plantation crops. It ensures increased fertility of land by return of dung and urine and controls the weeds. The manure output from an adult goat per day varies from 0.5 to 1 kg.
|References||Kerala Agricultural University. 2001. Package of Practices- Recommendations: Veterinary and Animal Husbandry, Kerala Agricultural University, Trichur. .|