Common Terms used in Sheep and Goats

Sheep and goats are important species of livestock for India. They contribute greatly to the agrarian economy, especially in areas where crop and dairy farming are not economical, and play an important role in the livelihood of a large proportion of small and marginal farmers and landless laborers. The productivity of Indian sheep and goats is low, yet considering the …

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Indoor sheep kidding and Diseases

kidding in sheep: Vaccinate Dams against the cloistral diseases in good time to ensure protection of the progeny. Use other vaccines only after veterinary recommendation or based upon the previous years’ experience. Ensure good quality nutrition of the dams in last third of pregnancy, including attention to any extra mineral supplements that may be required. The housing must be dry, …

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Hygiene at Sheep and Goat Farming

Hygiene at Sheep Farm and Goat Farming – Safeguarding Health and more: Good husbandry is the key to success, and good hygiene is an integral part of good husbandry. This must start pre-lambing or kidding, to prepare the dams, and their environment, so that the progeny have the best and safest possible start in life. Sheep and goats are never …

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How to Select Proper Goat Breeds

It is important to understand criteria to select proper goat breed does as this is is the most important aspect of commercial goat farming. In India, as of now it will be difficult for you to get the required number of breeders from an established stall fed goat farm at a reasonable price. Most of the stall fed farms are selling breeders …

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Sheep Rearing Business in India For Dummies

Sheep Rearing Business.

Sheep Rearing Business: The following content details about sheep rearing business in India. Sheep can be reared as free range (where there is no shortage of land) or under housing inside a shed. It is a very important component in dry land farming system. With very low investments can be made in to a profitable venture for small, marginal farmers and …

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Guide for Goat Farming in India

Goat Farming:- Stall-fed goats in intensive integrated farming: STALL-FED GOATS  can ideally fit into the intensive integrated farming system (IIFS). The small animals are the most efficient converters of farm and crop residues into excellent organic manure. Several farmers have successfully run stall-fed goat farms, and they have found that such an integrated farming venture was more productive and profitable as …

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Indian Sheep Breeds Information Guide

Indian Sheep Breeds : The following write-up explains about different sheep breeds available in India. The country has about 40 breeds of sheep out of which 24 are distinct. They vary from the non-woolly breeds of sheep in the Southern Peninsular region mainly kept for mutton and manure to the reasonably fair apparel wool breeds of the Northern temperate region. …

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Available Goat Breeds in India

Common Goat Breeds in India:- Our traditional goat farmers have extensively practiced the art of selection and inbreeding for evolving definite breeds with specific or multiple functions. The country as a whole represents an important genetic reservoir of goat breeds for meat, milk, fibre and skin production. Some of these are well-known but more than half of the population is …

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Goat Diseases & Vaccination Schedule

Goat Diseases & Vaccination Schedule:- Goat-pox is not of uncommon occurrence, but it is less severe than the sheep-pox.  The nature of the disease is similar to that of pox in sheep.  The incubation period varies from 5 to 10 days.  The disease tends to attack male kids and ewes in milk.  Initially there may be slight pyrexia.  The lesions …

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Sheep Diseases and Control

Sheep Diseases and Control  Management:- Sheep-Pox Epidemiology : Sheep-pox is a highly contagious disease.It causes a mortality of 20 to 50 per cent in animals below the age of 6 months, and causes damage to the wool and skin in adults.Of the pock diseases, sheep-pox ranks only second to human small-pox in virulence.The disease is transmissible to in contact goats …

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Goat Lactation/Milking Chart in India

Goat Lactation and Milking Chart Whether goats are milked by hand or by machine, care must be taken to produce a clean, wholesome product and to prevent injury to or infection of the udder. Non-commercial herds use mostly hand-milking, which requires few facilities and little equipment. There is no minimum number of goats required for machine milking, because the convenience …

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Pit Silage for Sheep or Goat Farming

Steps involved in making Pit Silage Dig a shallow pit on slightly sloping ground. The depth of the pit should decrease from the higher side of the sloping ground to the lower side giving a wedge-like shape. Dimensions of the pit depend on the amount of forage to be stored. In order to store 20 bags of fresh forage, you …

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Goat Fodder / Feeding Management

Goat fodder / Feeding Management: The majority of the goats kept in villages are seldom given any grain or good fodder; as a result their average milk production is very low. Milch goats respond readily to good care and proper feeding, and to ensure best results they should be tended like other milch animals. Feeding Habits Goats are sensitive animals …

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Sheep Feed / Grazing Management

Sheep Feed / Fodder Management: Sheep are pretty easy-care critters for a farm animal. They are basically a grazing animal, and pasture or hay should make up the bulk of their diet. That doesn’t mean they can survive on burned-out brown lawn grass! We’ve found that sheep don’t care very much for bluegrass or fescue, which are typical lawn grasses. …

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Sheep Housing or Goat Housing

Sheep Housing / Goat Housing Preparation:- Sheep Housing / Goat Housing: The basic requirement of good animal housing is that it should alter or modify the environment for the benefit of animals and also protect them from predation and theft. Animal housing should buffer the animal from climate extremes to reduce stress allowing optimal animal performance in terms of growth, health …

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