Goats raised for meat need high quality feed in most situations and require an optimum balance of many different nutrients to achieve maximum profit potential. This publication covers nutritional requirements for meat goats, including water, protein and vitamins.
This factsheet offers some information on the signs, symptoms, and treatment of coccidiosis, the most common cause of diarrhea in young goats.
It is generally advised that all goats be vaccinated against overeating disease (enterotoxemia) and tetanus. This factsheet offers some information on how and when to give the vaccines for maximum protection.
This publication offers information on the symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of sore mouth, a contagious, viral disease that produces thick, scabby sores on the lips and gums and may also be observed on the udders of meat goats.
A guide to many of the plants, shrubs, and flowers that are poisonous to animals.
This publication covers the characteristics and production traits (adaptability, reproductive rate, growth rate, carcass characteristics) of the common meat goat breeds Boer, Spanish, Myotonic, Nubian, and Pygmy.
This factsheet offers information on forage needs for meat goats, as well as typical grazing behavior.
Colostrum is the first thick yellowish milk produced by the doe after giving birth. Colostrum contains maternal antibodies that help the goat kid develop its immune system to fight diseases. Colostrum should be ingested or bottle-fed very early in life as soon as kids have a suckling reflex.
Many ethnic holidays include goat meat as part of traditional celebrations. This factsheet serves as an ethnic holiday calendar and guide for meat goat producers.
This factsheet gives at-a-glance information on a variety of meat goat facts, including reproductive aspects, health habits and signs of illness.
This publication covers the signs of heat in does and some basic information on breeding meat goats.
This publication offers information on monitoring the body condition of meat goats in order to increase reproductive success.
This publication discusses housing and working facilities that will meet shelter needs for meat goats.
A Q&A on laminitis, an inflammation of the hoof, in meat goats, including causes, symptoms, and treatment options.
This publication offers information on how to prep does and bucks for the meat goat breeding season to improve the outcome and profitability of the operation.
This factsheet presents several advantages to co-grazing meat goats and beef cattle.
A Q&A on listeriosis in goats, including causes, symptoms, prevention and risk to humans.
Information on the different types of lice, diagnosis and treatment is presented in this factsheet. Lice are a common group of ectoparasitic insects of goats; infested animals are uncomfortable and often cause structural damage to farm facilities by rubbing and scratching on fences and posts.
Barber pole larvae show increased resistance to commercial anthelmintics drenched to small ruminant livestock, and producers are looking for other alternatives. What about bypassing the livestock entirely and applying a larvicidal product directly on the pasture itself?
Grazing behavior and nutrient requirements in forages for meat goats is discussed in this factsheet.
Animal necropsies attempt to determine the cause of death and whether it affects a concern for the herd or flock of origin. This guide offers tips and guidelines for having a necropsy done on a dead animal.
A Q&A on foot scald in meat goats, including signs and symptoms and treatment options.
A Q&A on foot rot, a contagious disease of the hooves of goats and sheep.
A Q&A on toxoplasmosis, a parasite that can cause disease in the placenta and developing fetus of pregnant goats and sheep.