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The Goat Newsletter, 2008 Issue No.6
February 14, 2008

The Latest Goat News

WELCOME TO THE FEBRUARY GOAT NEWSLETTER No.2

A lot has been happening on the website. I am amazed at just how many goat industry people from Philippines, Malaysia and India have been on the site, sending emails and advertising goats for sale or wanted. These countries are of course a valuable market for breeders in the USA, Australia and elsewhere and helping these breeders with valuable information and lessons learnt can only help all of us. We all know that more people in the world eat goat meat than any other meat, and itís a global market.

I welcome all goat news whether itís about your own goat breeding activities, goat experiences and anything else. Share it with the rest of us! Subject specific material on any aspect of goat breeding will be published along with your stud and farm details. Goat images of your prize winning animals or goats for sale also welcome. Visit Goats For Sale and submit your stock for sale and email me a low resolution image to go with the information. If you list your stud farm on the Breeder Directory why not email me a low resolution banner for your farm or even a good image of your top animal, its all good exposure and costs you absolutely nothing.

NEBRASKA DECLARES WAR ON GOATS

Nebraska lawmakers see goats as a destructive force and say that they are undiscriminating eaters who go further than just weed control. It is claimed that they chew everything in sight and so therefore are guilty of property damage. These lawmakers will now debate this week that would categorize goats with other stray livestock. This reclassification will then allow property owners that find goats on their properties to collect damages. Property owners will also be able to impound stray goats. Comment - Sounds like some cattle folk behind this one. Not a bad solution, allow goats to eat out your weeds then sue the goat owner for damages as well and get paid for them doing it, very win-win!

PREGNANCY TOXEMIA TREATMENT INFORMATION WANTED

One newsletter reader asked the following question and any feedback appreciated from other breeders. What is the best treatment for pregnancy toxemia? Reader writes "We have our goats on, Lyssy & Eckel Feed from Hondo, Tx., 16% Goat pellets, Fresh Sudan hay every day and pasture. We cannot believe that we have one out of 10 pregnant Doe's with toxemia. We have taken her off the 16% and give her free choice Sudan hay and 1/2 cup of whole corn twice a day. We put 4oz table molasses to 1 gal water, free choice and keep fresh daily. We walk her once a day. She is not off eating and walks OK. But her front legs are a little swollen. She is due 3 to 4 weeks out. Any help will be appreciated." Email me at lekkerbokkie@gmail.com with feedback. See next weeks newsletter for summary of treatments.

MEAT GOATS WANTED

Wanted meat goats from 25 to 100 pounds. Sell direct and make more money. We also provide carcass data. Call today for current prices. 636-944-3662. Contact Tom, Hillsboro, MO. E-mail: Tom@drycreekranch.com

Wanted Meat Goats We have exclusive deals with distributors to provide good quality goat kids and adults to major cities like New York, Houston and Orlando. Our guaranteed buyer program sets the price per pound when your goats hit the ground. We arrange shipping, and we pay per pound so it is fair for everyone. If you have a large herd of 500 head or more of replacement nannies or yearling nannies to sell. We are the leader in ranch direct sales. Contact Danyel , Fort Smith, Arkansas. Danyelryan1967@yahoo.com

GOATS AND BRUSH CONTROL in TEXAS

A natural brush control seminar featuring brush-eating goats was held last Friday at the Texas AgriLife Research Center, 28 miles south of Sonora on State Highway 55. Post-doctoral research associate and toxicologist at the center, Dr. Erika Campbell, discussed her work in identifying goats purposely bred to control juniper, commonly called cedar. The center superintendent said that if properly managed, the goats should allow ranchers to increase their property's livestock-carrying capacity on juniper-infested rangeland without the danger of over-harvesting desirable vegetation. Dr. Winston Smuts Watts Trollope, the former head of the department of livestock and pasture science, University of Fort Hare, South Africa, was another seminar speaker. For more information, contact the AgriLife Center at (325) 387-3168

MALAYSIA GOES BIG INTO BOER GOATS

With the success of a high-technology Boer goat breeding project by the Malaysian Agricultural Research and Development Institute (MARDI), expansion of Boer goat farms is set to soar. MARDI has employed the Advanced Reproductive Biotechnology (ARB), and in partnership with the National Animal Embryo Centre (NAEC), with a goal of stocking goat breeders in Malaysia with high quality Boer goats. The ARB project involves the production of embryos from quality goats imported South Africa and Australia that are then bred at satellite and breeding farms to create a livestock nucleus or elite group. The Malaysian government has also established a National Boer Goat Farm in Pondok Tanjung, Perak. The Kluang Mardi station and NAEC and ARB based at the station have just been accredited by the Boer Goat Breeders Association of South Africa. The government is encouraging more livestock farmers to breed Boer goats being produced to help achieve self-sufficiency in goat meat supply. Only 9% of goat meat is currently from local goats.

THE UK MILITARY TO STOP TESTING WITH GOATS

The British military has announced that it will no longer use goats in experiments to assess the risks of evacuating a submerged submarine. The tests involved herding the goats into a chamber and drastically changing the air pressure. This was to simulate what sailors would experience should they ever need to evacuate a submerged submarine. The difference in pressure between the deep sea and the surface can cause fatal decompression sickness, often referred to as the bends, so they induced this in the goats. Goats were chosen because of their respiratory physiology similarities to human beings. Six goats died in the experiments between 2000 and November 2006, and 122 others were slaughtered afterward. Animal rights groups complained about the tests for years, saying they were cruel and unnecessary. Yes it is a good news story for goats.

KASHMIRI PASHMINA GOATS DIE FROM THE COLD

The terrible winter conditions that have devastated China are widespread. Reports state that around 150,000 rare Himalayan goats that provide the fine wool for Kashmir's famous Pashmina shawls are now facing death because of heavy snow in Changthang, the land of nomads on Indo-Chinese border. The goats' pastures, are wide spread over the mountains of the Changthang area of the Ladakh region, and they have been covered by unusually deep snow and farmers are fast running out of fodder. Severe chilly conditions have reduced the mortality rate of goat kids to just 4 to 5 per cent. The grasslands are covered by snow and the mountain grazing has become impossible. The government is rushing in survey teams and fodder supplies to save the species, which produces expensive wool. Fodder is being flown in by helicopter. The problem of fodder shortage is acute in Korzok and Kharnak areas, where nomads rear 36,000 of Pashmina goats. Changthang is a cold desert area at the height of 14,600 feet above sea level, and normally it does not experience snow as there is very little precipitation. This year there is more than two feet of snow. Ladakh produces 30,000 kg of Pashmina every year and each goat on an average produces just 250 grams of the precious wool.

MORE CITY HALL GOAT MADNESS

A woman is arguing a case in a Little Rock court that her pygmy goats are pets and not livestock and she got a fine from a circuit judge who found she was in violation of a Little Rock ordinance that prohibit people from keeping goats within 300 feet of another residence. She stated, and we goat lovers know this to be true, that they are like a cat and want to lay in your lap, and they are also like a dog because they want to play. The Little Rock ordinance also mentions horses, cows and goats and doesnít differentiate between the 25-pound pygmy goat bred for companionship and a 140-pound Nubian goat used for milking. The woman was warned for keeping livestock in violation of the ordinance when an officer was responding to a complaint about a chained dog and faeces in her yard. The woman stated that she had always had animals there, and discounted arguments that her goats would harm neighbors property values or cause them any physical harm. Evidently a neighbor who had initially complained about the animals has since moved away, and she was also quoted as saying that ďno one is going to care about a 25-pound goat when they canít get through the neighborhood without hearing gunshotsĒ. Comment: Glad I live where I live then!

They fined her $100 in penalties and court costs at an August hearing. She appealed (and rightly so I would say). Her testimony at the appeal included her belief that her beloved pygmy goats were pets that didnít qualify as livestock since she wasnít making money off them. They make very little noise, less than a dog, and they reside on a vacant lot between her familyís two houses. In fact previously a Little Rock animal control officer once brought her a sick pygmy goat to rehabilitate. Her lawyer argued that the city has known about this for 25 years, and that the goats should have been grandfathered in when the city changed the distance requirement from 75 feet to 300 feet, which is a typical city block. Little Rock changed its livestock buffer in 1992. The arguments failed to sway the judge who said that people may consider a horse or a cow as a pet, and others said a pig or a goat was the same. He fined her a $1 instead of the recommended $200 in response to the fact that the city had long known about the problem without acting. The woman has applied for a seat on the cityís animal services advisory board, saying she wants to provide a perspective on animals other than cats and dogs. Comment: Come on you famous Little Rock people Hillary and Bill Clinton, what about campaigning on a platform for goat rights! Maybe the city needs to get progressive like Seattle.

US GOAT MARKET REPORTS

A selection of US Goat market reports. Goat auctions are held in Alabama, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia. Information Source is the USDA Market News Summary Reports

WESTERN U.S. DIRECT GOAT REPORT (Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, Nebraska, Dakotas, Utah, Nevada, Idaho, Washington, Oregon, Arizona and California) Reports state that goat trading continues to be at a complete standstill, buyers and sellers reportedly concentrating on auction markets. No new reported trades. Demand light for available supplies.

TEXAS (SAN ANGELO) All sold per hundred weight (CWT) unless otherwise specified. Nannies weak; kids firm to 5.00 higher. KIDS: Selection 1 25-40 lbs 120.00-130.00; 40-80 lbs 125.00-135.00, few 135.00-155.00; 80-100 lbs 100.00-105.00; 80-100 lbs shorn show goats. 85.00-91.00. Selection 1-2 25-40 lbs 105.00-115.00; 40-60 lbs 110.00-125.00; 60-80lbs 105.00-123.00. Selection 2 40-80 lbs 90.00-106.00. DOES/NANNIES: Selection 1-2 80-130 lbs 35.00-44.00; 130-150 lbs 35.00-41.00; thin 70-115 lbs 20.00-35.00. BX/BILLIES: Selection 1-2 80-100 lbs 89.00-90.00; 100-150 lbs 74.00-93.00; 150-250 lbs 70.00-88.00. REPLACEMENT CLASSES: DOES/NANNIES: Selection 1 65-105 lbs 90.00-113.00. Selection 1-2 60-115 lbs 50.00-74.00.

EASTERN CORN BELT (includes IL.,IN.,OH.,MI.) Slaughter goats sold 2.00 higher. Trade and demand moderate, with moderate offerings. This week's supply had an additional 1075 head of goats. Slaughter Goats (cwt.): Kids: Selection 1: 40-60 lbs 120.00. Selection 2: 40-60 lbs 115.00. Bucks/Billies: Selection 2: 100-150 lbs 62.00. Does/Nannies: Selection 2: 70-100 lbs 45.00. Selection 3: 70-100 lbs 40.00.

AUSTRALIA GOAT OVER THE HOOKS REPORT

The market still remains relatively quiet with few changes in demand and pricing. Capretto (100% Milk fed) 5-9kg 280 to 315. 0-8kg 90 to 155, 8.1-10kg 90 to 148, 10.1-12kg 120 to 177, 12.1-16kg 170 to 187, 16.1-20kg 160 to 185, 20.1kg+ 160 to 183. NO UPDATE FROM LAST WEEK.

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