Steps for Starting A Goat Farming Business

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Livestock farming is considered a prestigious activity in some communities in East Africa. In addition some communities use some livestock in cultural functions such as paying dowry, sacrifice and as a sign of appreciation. I come from an area where if a man has no cattle is not considered a man among men. However, in some communities they are a source of wealth through selling the animal products and or live animals. The most common products are Milk and beef which are processed further to produce many other varied products. In the issue 1 of volume one, we covered a comprehensive guide entitled `smart tips for establishing a zero grazing unit. This issue 6 we are covering goat rearing as a business. According to UBOS 2014 census, 48% of the Households in Uganda rear goats on a small scale. In Kampala abattoirs, a kilogram of goats` meat goes for 15,000 UGX (Ksh 500) as compared to the counterpart beef that goes for UGX 9,000 (Ksh300). This implies that there are real financial benefits rearing goats as a business. For starting and maintaining a profitable and successful business, you must have to make a proper and effective goat farming business plan and go according to the plan. Here we are shortly describing the necessary steps for starting goat farming business.

Selecting Farm Area
Always try to select a suitable farm land/area for your business that has all required facilities for successful goat farming business. The necessary facilities for goat farming business include the followings;

  1. Great source of fresh and clean water supply.
  2. Availability of all types of equipment.
  3. Easily available food source.
  4. Fertile field for crop, grasses and other green plant production. Feeding green food keeps the animal healthy, productive and reduces feeding costs.
  5. Availability of…

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