A guide to the practical management of goats in both tropical and temperate countries. Chapters on different breeds, nutrition and feeding, reproduction and kid rearing, and health and routine husbandry are included in the text.
Part 1 Introduction - history and systems: origins and history; goat population and distribution; goat production systems. Part 2 Breeds: goats in Africa; goats in Asia; goats in America and the Pacific; temperate breeds in the tropics. Part 3 Nutrition and feeding: anatomy; food intake; practical feeding; dry season feeding; grazing behaviour; agro-industry by-products; weed control and eradication. Part 4 Reproduction and kid rearing: terminology; reproduction in bucks; reproduction in females; mating; controlled breeding/contraception; care of the pregnant goat; kidding; management post-kidding; kid rearing; common kid ailments. Part 5 Health: factors affecting health; healthy goats; control of diseases - precautions; first aid; general husbandry; common diseases; vaccinations and injections. Part 6 Routine husbandry: determining the age of a goat; weighing goats; body scoring; catching and restraining a goat; feet; dipping; injecting goats; castration; culling; record keeping; identification; farm layouts and pens; food and water supplies; fences. Part 7 Growth and meat: growth; meat. Part 8 Fibres and skins: fibre growth; goat hair; hides and skins; manure; by-products. Part 9 Milk: milk production; breeds; points of a good milking goat; milking routines; milk products; milk and diseases.