What are some clinical symptoms of acorn poisoning in goats?

Goats affected by acorn poisoning have a poor appetite, appear dull, become constipated, suffer weight loss and look “gaunted up” or “tucked up”. They also may pass blood in the manure and/or bleed from the nostrils. Profuse diarrhea may follow after the experience constipation. Affected animals drink large amounts of water and void excessive amounts of clear urine (urine may also contain blood). Many animals go down after 3-7 days of acorn poisoning clinical signs. If these affected animals do …

What are profit-oriented goals?

Profit-oriented goals should direct the producers towards making profit out of the business. Following are some of the points for achieving such goals:

  • Lower the cost of production and marketing
  • Increase the quality and quantity of your products
  • Sell your products when there is a high market demand
  • Become a dependable and regular supplier of your products
  • Win the trust of your buyer
  • Price your products to cover the cost and get the targeted profit. However, be aware that what

What are sales-oriented goals?

Sales-oriented goals are usually set to develop or maintain a particular market share and are very useful in new product introductions where the profit is less of a goal in the beginning. To induce customers into the store or introduce a new product, retailers typically use “loss leaders.” With the “loss leader,” you sell a product at or near cost in an effort to increase market share.

Following points are important to achieve sales-oriented goals:

  • Have regular market share
  • Win

What kind of roughage is appropriate for goats?

Alfalfa is probably the most popular, but if other types of roughage are more readily available and comparable in quality, by all means use what works best for you. Mixed grasses, clover, and cereal grain plants are excellent alternatives. Of course, any vegetation harvested while plants are young makes the best feed, and all hay should be closely monitored for freshness. Watch for mold or contamination by rodents, cats, or bird droppings. During the growing season, your garden can be …

What are the advantages and disadvantages when choosing breed types?

The choice of breed type should be influenced by the type of product to be produced, e.g.milk or meat or fiber.  Within each type there are several breeds that will be productive under a range of production systems. 

There are different advantages and disadvantages to consider when choosing either meat or dairy type does as your maternal line. Some disadvantages of using dairy does include: 1) They are often raised under intensive feeding and rather pampered situations, and thus you …

How much corn can I feed my goats?

Corn is safe for goats in small amounts. While corn is relatively low in protein (8% CP), it does contain a certain amount of calcium, which, in excess, can contribute to the onset of urinary calculi in bucks.
Although there is a tendency to feed corn because it is less expensive, never feed more than 50% of the total diet, except for heavily producing dairy goats. Adult meat goats should be fed a maximum of 1% of bodyweight in supplemental …

Which plants are poisonous to goats?

There are several plants that can be poisonous to goats. However, the severity of plant poisoning depends on the quantity of the plant that was eaten, the amount of ground moisture, the health of the animal prior to consuming the toxic plant, and the size and age of the animal that consumed the plant.
Under normal circumstances, animals will not consume poisonous plants. However, there are some factors that might cause goats to eat poisonous plants. Those factors include starvation, …

What are grasses?

Grasses are monocotyledons and belong to the family Gramineae. Leaves from these herbaceous plants appear as blades, with parallel veins. Grasses seldom exceed 15 percent crude protein content. Some examples of grasses are the following: Bahia, bermudagrass, stargrass, bluestem, sudangrass, barley, oats, rye, rape, switchgrass, pearl millet, ryegrass, wheat, dallisgrass, and brown top millet. For more information on grasses, see Goat Pastures and Forages .…