Goats produce dairy and have delicious meat, can be bread to sell and even their skin can be used.
As a business owner you need to explore these avenues where you can make the most money. There are many types of goats, but the breed you choose will depend on your enterprise and what products you want to sell.
There are a few breeds that are more specialised for meat production: Boer goats, Beetal, Matou and Black Bengal.
Meat goats are also cheaper to feed than traditional livestock giving you the opportunity to produce their meat at a competitive price to lamb and beef.
Goats for dairy production need a large enough space so you can build a milk shed.
Large sized goats need a corresponding large area as well.Your goats can play an important role in meeting those demands.It’s easier to increase the production of goats than larger livestock.Goats also provide skins of commercial importance and manure for gardens and crop fields.The human population is growing, and creating a significant and increasing demand for additional animal protein.Higher fat and protein percentages indicate higher quality milk.Fibre: If you want to produce fibre from your farm then Cashmere and Angora goats will be most suitable.Many consumer markets are currently shifting from the consumption of other dairy products in favour of goat’s milk.Goat’s milk is also very suitable for making all types of dairy products, like goat cheese and goat milk and yogurt without the worry of antibiotics and hormones in the milk.Determine the number of goats you want to begin with.Pick a number that would be sustainable enough to get things moving, depending on the purpose of your farming in South Africa.