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My Goat Farm Startup (my Diary) by jidestroud(m): 10:34am On Jul 10, 2018
The Beginning

This indeed is going to be another chapter as I indeed exploring the animal farming sector.

Recently, I have been reading up different articles on goat rearing and it's profitability. Having gotten all materials needed, I guess I am set to exploring another chapter in my farming experience, and this time, it going to be with Goats.

I went to a local village along Badagry Express way, Ikoga to be precise. Took a while before getting the African Dwarf goat that melted my heart. I got two females. Also, i visited a farm within the same axis and paid for a pregnant Hausa goat - Rago (Wish I knew the real name) which I would be picking up later in the week.

Two African Dwarf Goats (Females): 10 per each. = N20,000
One Pregnant Hausa goat: N15,000

Total: N35,000

The two African dwarf goats are both from the same parent and 8months each.

Naming my goats

Still thinking of the perfect names for my pioneer goats.


More updates soon

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Re: My Goat Farm Startup (my Diary) by jidestroud(m): 10:38am On Jul 10, 2018
Farm setup

I certainly can't allow my beautiful goats roam around freely (I ain't no herdsman), so I am going to be employing a ranching system on a farm.

More pictures of my farm setup coming up soon.

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Re: My Goat Farm Startup (my Diary) by otarunero2015(m): 11:35am On Jul 10, 2018
jidestroud:
Farm setup

I certainly can't allow my beautiful goats roam around freely (I ain't no herdsman), so I am going to be employing a ranching system on a farm.

More pictures of my farm setup coming up soon.

Shot fired

Good one tho looking forward to this thread

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Re: My Goat Farm Startup (my Diary) by jidestroud(m): 1:53pm On Jul 10, 2018
otarunero2015:


Shot fired

Good one tho looking forward to this thread
Won't disappoint. :

grin
Re: My Goat Farm Startup (my Diary) by jidestroud(m): 2:02pm On Jul 10, 2018
Came up with the perfect names:

1. The Brown would be known as Mitchell
2. The Black would be known as Patra

3. The Rago would be known as Hinata

That's all!!! cool

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Re: My Goat Farm Startup (my Diary) by excanny: 2:09pm On Jul 10, 2018
Grabbing a seat... You didn't buy a buck. Do you have where to mate them if they are in heat?

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Re: My Goat Farm Startup (my Diary) by oyetpel(m): 2:44pm On Jul 10, 2018
jidestroud:
The Beginning

This indeed is going to be another chapter as I indeed exploring the animal farming sector.

Recently, I have been reading up different articles on goat rearing and it's profitability. Having gotten all materials needed, I guess I am set to exploring another chapter in my farming experience, and this time, it going to be with Goats.

I went to a local village along Badagry Express way, Ikoga to be precise. Took a while before getting the African Dwarf goat that melted my heart. I got two females. Also, i visited a farm within the same axis and paid for a pregnant Hausa goat - Rago (Wish I knew the real name) which I would be picking up later in the week.

Two African Dwarf Goats (Females): 10 per each. = N20,000
One Pregnant Hausa goat: N15,000

Total: N35,000

The two African dwarf goats are both from the same parent and 8months each.

Naming my goats

Still thinking of the perfect names for my pioneer goats.


More updates soon

Goats, stubborn animals, i hate them, i hate their shït, i hate their smell, i hate their attitudes.

You have a lot of work to do if you won't let them be roaming about.

I wish you well on your new Agribusiness.
Re: My Goat Farm Startup (my Diary) by oyetpel(m): 2:46pm On Jul 10, 2018
jidestroud:
Came up with the perfect names:

1. The Brown would be known as Mitchell
2. The Black would be known as Patra

3. The Rago would be known as Hinata

That's all!!! cool

Naming goats? Funny man. They don't deserve to be called a special name, ewuré fits them.

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Re: My Goat Farm Startup (my Diary) by Holycity(f): 5:27pm On Jul 10, 2018
I dont think Goat rearing is really that profitable. ... I brought two local female Goat for rearing around 2015 and was only able to get 4 kids lost two remaining two... am even planning of selling them out this end of the year. ....

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Re: My Goat Farm Startup (my Diary) by jidestroud(m): 6:07pm On Jul 10, 2018
excanny:
Grabbing a seat... You didn't buy a buck. Do you have where to mate them if they are in heat?

None at the moment. I will still be visiting the villages in week's time to get the perfect Buck at the best price. For now, I need to settle the 2 African Dwarfs (Mitchell & Patra) and Pregnant Hinata in.
Re: My Goat Farm Startup (my Diary) by jidestroud(m): 6:11pm On Jul 10, 2018
Holycity:
I dont think Goat rearing is really that profitable. ... I brought two local female Goat for rearing around 2015 and was only able to get 4 kids lost two remaining two... am even planning of selling them out this end of the year. ....

For real? What were the measures put in place? What's your location? How is goat meat accepted in your community? What's the cause of death? etc

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Re: My Goat Farm Startup (my Diary) by jidestroud(m): 6:13pm On Jul 10, 2018
oyetpel:


Naming goats? Funny man. They don't deserve to be called a special name, ewuré fits them.


You must really have hatred for these little beasts. I want to conclude you don't even eat the meat also? undecided

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Re: My Goat Farm Startup (my Diary) by oyetpel(m): 6:21pm On Jul 10, 2018
jidestroud:



You must really have hatred for these little beasts. I want to conclude you don't even eat the meat also? undecided

Everyone knows they are troublesome.

And do you want to know how they destroyed my garden?
Re: My Goat Farm Startup (my Diary) by jidestroud(m): 6:26pm On Jul 10, 2018
oyetpel:


Everyone knows they are troublesome.

And do you want to know how they destroyed my garden?
Lol

I think I know where the hate is coming from. Sorry bro.

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Re: My Goat Farm Startup (my Diary) by gwales: 6:39pm On Jul 10, 2018
Rago = Ram in hausa

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Re: My Goat Farm Startup (my Diary) by otarunero2015(m): 11:27pm On Jul 10, 2018
jidestroud:
Came up with the perfect names:

1. The Brown would be known as Mitchell
2. The Black would be known as Patra

3. The Rago would be known as Hinata

That's all!!! cool
Bruv hinata is one of my fav anime character from naruto tongue

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Re: My Goat Farm Startup (my Diary) by jidestroud(m): 7:45am On Jul 11, 2018
Feeding the Goats

Yesterday's activities was quite hectic and tiring. Indeed, I now believe one of the greatest insult you can insult any human with is saying; You are a goat. Settling the goats in was a bit of a task but, they are doing fine now.

Now the question is What to feed my goats?
There's the erroneous assumption that a goat will eat virtually anything that comes its way, ranging from grasses, bread, leftover from the kitchen... even paper and plastics etc. Nope!! Goats are very selective in their eating. More to the Deer than to the cattle. So I intend giving my goats a perfect balanced diet meal plan.

Today, I would be visiting Alaba Rago to get Hay sacks for my goats. Other food supplements would be gotten even as I seek advises from the Hausa's in the Rago Market.

More updates later!!!

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Re: My Goat Farm Startup (my Diary) by Nobody: 8:14am On Jul 11, 2018
Yes, it is not profitable if you're not doing it intensively as a business. Goat business comes in 3 forms - meat goat, dairy goats for milk, and goat breeding. You must decide which one you're into, so you set appropriate targets.

To make money from meat goats, the animals must be kept in pens and fed aggressively with balanced rations so they gain weight fast.

If you're keeping them to breed, having them gain weight fast is usually not the target. But, to succeed generally in goat business, good nutrition is key and their health must be closely monitored, with vaccines and dewormers given on schedule.

Your goats must eat a well balanced rations, with adequate amounts of digestible protein, carbohydrate, and mineral salts, as grass fodder alone does not promote this.

To feed your goats cheaply, get wheat or barley seeds and sunflower seeds. Sprout these grains hydroponically and give to your goats to help them grow healthy. Also, supplement them with mineral blocks to lick and have a VET DOC to help prescribe good dewormers and to set a vaccine schedule for them.

Do this and see a good turnaround in your goat business. Goodluck with your goat business!

Use google and youtube to find more information on "hydroponic fodder for goats." Below is an example of goats eating grains that were sprouted using hydroponics

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ayo9deCt36c


Holycity:
I dont think Goat rearing is really that profitable. ... I brought two local female Goat for rearing around 2015 and was only able to get 4 kids lost two remaining two... am even planning of selling them out this end of the year. ....

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Re: My Goat Farm Startup (my Diary) by jidestroud(m): 9:18am On Jul 11, 2018
@namet

Spot on!!! I keep asking myself why people do things the conventional way in this modern times. You SIMPLY HAVE TO INVEST MORE TO ACHIEVE BEST RESULTS.

By the way, I intend exploring the breeding aspect. I will appreciate practical tips from you from time to time.

Thanks

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Re: My Goat Farm Startup (my Diary) by Nobody: 4:44pm On Jul 11, 2018
Here are some good resources for raising goats.

This is a goat raising manual
http://www.fastonline.org/CD3WD_40/LSTOCK/001/Goats/FB_Sh_Goats/B77.HTM



This one shows how successful goat farms operate

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z7x437cSMSw&t=18s





jidestroud:
@namet

Spot on!!! I keep asking myself why people do things the conventional way in this modern times. You SIMPLY HAVE TO INVEST MORE TO ACHIEVE BEST RESULTS.

By the way, I intend exploring the breeding aspect. I will appreciate practical tips from you from time to time.

Thanks

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Re: My Goat Farm Startup (my Diary) by Holycity(f): 1:09pm On Jul 17, 2018
jidestroud:


For real? What were the measures put in place? What's your location? How is goat meat accepted in your community? What's the cause of death? etc


What I meant was the don't reproduce fast.... I haven't sold mine yet....

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Re: My Goat Farm Startup (my Diary) by Shelumiel: 1:25am On Jul 23, 2018
Holycity:


What I meant was the don't reproduce fast.... I haven't sold mine yet....
Yes they do . The gestation period of a healthy goat is 145-147 days, that means a goat will be pregnant twice in one year(at least) .But if you are in a hurry to make quick profit , I suggest you invest in more females to increase your future flock . Or ,you could buy goats from the remote villages near you , train and keep them until festive periods and then , resell them in urban areas . Or , you can go to the goat market with a vet(this what I do ); have the vet select sick goats(since the price will be lower )that have the potential to get well easily with little or no medication . Once they are well , sell them .

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Re: My Goat Farm Startup (my Diary) by AmadeusCho: 6:04am On Jul 23, 2018
Shelumiel:
you can go to the goat market with a vet(this what I do ); have the vet select sick goats(since the price will be lower )that have the potential to get well easily with little or no medication . Once they are well , sell them .

Obob see crazy outside the box thinking grin who ever you are male or female I love you cool

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Re: My Goat Farm Startup (my Diary) by jidestroud(m): 8:03am On Jul 23, 2018
Shelumiel:
you can go to the goat market with a vet(this what I do ); have the vet select sick goats(since the price will be lower )that have the potential to get well easily with little or no medication . Once they are well , sell them .

Nice strategy, but I wouldn't be going down that path anytime soon. I wouldn't want to bring in sick goats to my present stock. Also, it's much of a gamble to me (what if the goat dies?). Moreover, I am still very new in the business.

Thanks for the tips. I intend maximizing every explorable opportunities out there to see this project a success in 5years time. God's speed.

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Re: My Goat Farm Startup (my Diary) by Shelumiel: 8:38am On Jul 23, 2018
jidestroud:


Nice strategy, but I wouldn't be going down that path anytime soon. I wouldn't want to bring in sick goats to my present stock. Also, it's much of a gamble to me (what if the goat dies?). Moreover, I am still very new in the business.

Thanks for the tips. I intend maximizing every explorable opportunities out there to see this project a success in 5years time. God's speed.
No problem . Farewell
Re: My Goat Farm Startup (my Diary) by jidestroud(m): 8:54am On Jul 23, 2018
Shelumiel:
No problem . Farewell

Thanks!!!
Re: My Goat Farm Startup (my Diary) by excanny: 10:10am On Jul 23, 2018
Seems you are just doing this as a hobby.


Do you have any profit projection analysis?


What is the cost of raising one goat to maturity?
Re: My Goat Farm Startup (my Diary) by Yhemit(m): 11:42am On Jul 23, 2018
boss you're not resting at all, just adding more knowledge everyday. Great job sir

if anybody needs Raw Shea Butter, should contact us today.
Re: My Goat Farm Startup (my Diary) by jidestroud(m): 12:48pm On Jul 23, 2018
excanny:
Seems you are just doing this as a hobby.


Do you have any profit projection analysis?


What is the cost of raising one goat to maturity?

Yes, firstly as a hubby, then I intend making profits off my hobby while gathering the required knowledge.

On profit projections; Definitely in place. This is one of my 5 years program. I have a well drafted out blueprint of what is expected yearly and at the end of the 5th year.

A quick review, the African dwarf goats becomes active and ready to breed starting from 6 months in some cases but like most breeders/farmers, I intend keeping them for a year before breeding (one reason i intentionally didnt buy a male goat) I guess going by the sellers information, I have 4months more to go since they were 8months as at the time of purchase.

Secondly, the goats have gestation period of about 145 - 148 days, that about two births in a year. Though I don't intend to overstress them.
And from the information gotten from the seller, the mother goats gives birth to three (3) kids per birth, which I confirmed.
That is, by my calculations (using the two African dwarf I got)
1. 6 kids per 1 goat every year (x2 goats) = 12
2. In Five years, 12 x 5years = 60 goats

Lol...that's in an ideal state. Oya in reality

1. At least a birth each year i.e. 3 per goat yearly
For two goats, that's 6 goats yearly
2. In 5 years, 6 x 5 = 30 goats from both goats

Note: I have no intention of selling till the third year. So calculation above is been done on the two goats now.

Feeding and medication is another. For the time been, all I use is sourced solely by me at no cost except for the first time I went to food at alaba Rago. I have been getting excess supply of pap waste from the community though I except things to change soonest.

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Re: My Goat Farm Startup (my Diary) by jidestroud(m): 12:51pm On Jul 23, 2018
Yhemit:
boss you're not resting at all, just adding more knowledge everyday. Great job sir

if anybody needs Raw Shea Butter, should contact us today.

I'm humbled boss. Just expanding my horizon and trying to demystify secrets behind all these get rich quick stuffs I read online daily.

Next project loading soonest!!!

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Re: My Goat Farm Startup (my Diary) by Yhemit(m): 12:55pm On Jul 23, 2018
jidestroud:


I'm humbled boss. Just expanding my horizon and trying to demystify secrets behind all these get rich quick stuffs I read online daily.

Next project loading soonest!!!

Like your spirit to work (agribusiness)

how can I have your contact on my whatsapp sir
Re: My Goat Farm Startup (my Diary) by jidestroud(m): 1:03pm On Jul 23, 2018
Yhemit:


Like your spirit to work (agribusiness)

how can I have your contact on my whatsapp sir
I just sent you a mail.

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