I have paid for 15 goats -- 13 females and 2 unfixed males for a mission in Rwanda, Africa. I know that at first, the females can be "exclusively bred" to one of the studs, and their "daughters" could then be "exclusively bred" to the second stud. But do you have a rule of thumb, that doesn't involve complex formulas, for when new studs would have to be added to the gene pool, to avoid problems with "inbreeding"? The extreme way to avoid inbreeding, I assume, would be to add a new stud for each successive generation out from the original parents. But is there a less costly way for the mission, while at the same time not too complicated to calculate, to keep it under control? Or should I just realize, that from the other side of the globe, the only thing I can really do to help, is transfer money for them to buy a new pair of studs periodically? I won't be able to keep track of how many generations have been born, so roughly how many years from now? I have included a picture of some of the goats (and their new owners) so you may be able to estimate their breed and the length of an average generation. Any suggestions you can provide would be appreciated.
Arapahoe County Colorado goats Posted about 1 month ago
hi, i seen your site and looked at lots of pictures but i'm still not certain what kind if goat i have, his name is bam bam and i have had him for many years and was just curious cause every one around here said they never seen a goat with horns like his. i didn't even know what to feed him so i feed him grass and hay grass in the winter and every evening he gets some alfalfa cubes and a little sweet feed not to mention sometimes a treat like carrots, apples and he seems to like the pizza crust too lol, same thing i feed the wild mustang horse i have and both of them stay healthy and never need a vet. i know your probably busy, but if you can respond it would help. thank you for any help you can give me. > >Pan /|\
Marion County Illinois Posted 7 months ago
Hello, We had two 7-year old wether goats--a Nubian and an Alpine--and the Nubian died recently. The Alpine really grieved so much, and although he seems better now, we want to get another goat. We have the chance to get two baby goats--a Nubian and a Lamancha. The woman who has them suggested it would be better to get two instead of just one so that when our 7-year old passes away, we won't have the same problem. Here are my questions: 1. If we only get one baby goat, will it have a rough time assimilating with our older goat? In other words, is it true that we would be advised to get two more rather than just one? (Frankly, I'd prefer to have no more than two total, which is why I'm asking! These goats get so big, I guess because they're wethers.) 2. Is half an acre big enough for three big goats? 3. Any info about the Lamancha goats as far as temperament, health problems, adult size? (I don't know if generalizations can be made about the breed as far as temperament, but our Nubian who just died was the more aggressive one of the two goats; the Alpine who is still with us was always the sweeter, more gentle. 4. Our main goal for the goats is for pets but also to help keep our land clear of blackberries and brush. Is there a better choice for us that might be a smaller breed of goat? Or someone even suggested alpacas, but that is probably an expensive choice. Thank you, I'm really hoping to make an informed choice!
Lane County Oregon goats Posted 7 months ago
I'm currently researching the non-ethnic perception and receptivity of GOAT meat versus cow meat. Would you have any recent related references?....studies, projects, experts, etc. Thank you.
Norton County Kansas goats Posted 9 months ago
We had four goats for a few years, no problem with hooves. We bought 2 does about 3 years old. They were registered and looked healthy but we were ignorant about hoof rot. They brought it to our herd. We have been treating them but not very successfully. We may have to get rid of them all and start over at some point. Is there any help we can have from Linn county extension or perhaps OSU veterinarian school? We live in NE Albany
Oregon Posted about 1 year ago
what does it mean when my year old boer goat stands on his hind legs and swings his head in a semi circle..he is fixed.
Erie County New York goats Posted about 1 year ago
If you cut off a goat's goatee, how long does it take to grow back?
Brevard County Florida Posted over 1 year ago
I am thinking of buying one for my goats but fear they may not be healthy for them. Has any research been done on this?
King County Washington dairy goats Posted over 1 year ago
Please, i will like to know the stage of lactation available in goats, The trend of thier weight against weeks of lactation, The trend of their milk yield against weeks of lactation, The trend of the FCR against weeks of lactation, The trend of thier kids performance against their weeks of lactation. Finally the chemical compositions and the minerals against weeks of lactation. Thanks
Outside United States Posted over 1 year ago
I hope this email finds you well. I am the Program Recruiter for the Farmer-to-Farmer (F2F) program at Partners of the Americas in Washington, DC. F2F is a US Agency of International Development (USAID) funded program that promotes economic development and food security abroad by sending volunteer agricultural specialists from the U.S. to provide technical assistance to foreign producers, cooperatives, agribusinesses, NGO’s, and educational institutions. Assignment goals vary depending on the needs of in-country host organizations and typically last 2-3 weeks. In appreciation of the volunteer’s service, F2F covers the cost of all assignment-related expenses including travel, food, and lodging.
I am reaching out to see if anyone would be interested in carrying out anyof the following assignments:
Expert in Artificial Insemination (Goats) (Guatemala, September-November 2016: 2-3 Weeks)
F2F seeks a volunteer with technical and scientific knowledge of goat breeding, specifically using artificial insemination. The purpose of this assignment is to follow-up on the current artificial insemination techniques used and to provide further training to the hosts to reinforce the best practices for the techniques they use and to ensure that the techniques are being done properly. If the volunteer thinks new techniques are necessary, he or she will provide trainings on them. The volunteer will give presentations on best practices for goat breeding and genetic improvement, focusing on the use of artificial insemination. The expected deliverables for this project are trainings and presentations on goat breeding and artificial insemination techniques, an outreach activity, a trip report, and recommendations for further work.
Expert in Goat Nutrition (Guatemala, September-November 2016: 2-3 Weeks)
F2F seeks an expert in goat nutrition and production, preferably with Spanish-speaking skills, to provide technical trainings on goat nutrition best practices. More specifically, the purpose of this assignment is to train hosts on best strategies for feeding goats at different phases of growth and production, nutritional requirements of dairy goats, and the factors affecting nutrition in goat production. The volunteer will present on these topics and assist in developing a technical assistance plan for future trainings of technicians on these subjects. The expected deliverables for this assignment are trainings and presentations on the above topics, an outreach activity, a trip report, and recommendations for further work.
Expert in Goat Cheese Manufacturing (Guatemala, September-November 2016: 2-3 Weeks)
The purpose of this assignment is to improve the goat cheese and goat’s milk yogurt processing techniques used at the host facilities, reinforce best manufacturing practices for these products, and provide any necessary training that will improve production. The ideal volunteer will have experience manufacturing goat’s milk products, specifically cheese and yogurt, and will have an understanding of safe goat’s milk handling practices, particularly in rural areas. Experience managing small cheese manufacturing facilities, producing different varieties of cheese, and the ability to provide trainings on goat cheese manufacturing, are all important as well. The expected deliverables for this product are trainings and presentations on the above topics, an outreach activity, a trip report, and recommendations for further work.
FOR INTERESTED PARTIES: If you are interested, please send me a copy of your CV and let me know which assignment interests you and when you would be available. Please let me know if you have any questions or if you would like to discuss the program or any assignment in further detail. If you cannot complete anyassignment at this time and there is anyone in your network that might be interested in any of them, please let me know. I would be happy to reach out to them as well. Furthermore, if these are not the right opportunities for you, but you would be interested in being considered for other future F2F opportunities, please let me know.
Thank you in advance! I look forward to hearing from you soon and possibly working with you in the future!
Program Recruiter, Agriculture and Food Security
Partners of the Americas
1424 K Street, NW, #700
Washington, DC 20005