Reducing Stress in Your Goats

18 September, 2015rodster385Comments (0)

Raising goats should be very rewarding. You can make money and have a lot of fun at the same time. One important, but little talked about, key to success is practicing stress reduction in your herd. The goats will be healthier, more productive, and more profitable.

Isolate new goats coming to your farm (for a minimum of two weeks) to check for disease and let them adjust to your management practices

Don’t consistently "startle" your goats by making loud noises, moving too quickly, letting children or dogs chase them, or making changes in their daily routine unless absolutely necessary. Change things a little at a time, allowing time for each change to become routine. Always make dietary changes gradually.

Remember that sometimes you will lose an animal. This is part of the natural process of life. You should expect some animals to die because of old age, undetected disease, or even accident. Some degree of loss is unavoidable in any livestock operation, so be prepared to learn from these situations and continue to move forward.

Be particularly careful when transporting goats to keep them dry, out of the wind, and "on the road" only the minimum amount of time.