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The Goat Newsletter, 2008 Issue No.4
January 24, 2008

The Latest Goat News

Some of the latest goat news and information from around the world


A selection of 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. No new reported trades. Demand light for available supplies.

TEXAS (SAN ANGELO) All sold per hundred weight (CWT) unless otherwise specified. KIDS: Selection 1 25-40 lbs 115.00-127.00; 40-80 lbs 113.00-125.00, few 125.00-137.00; 75-105 lbs shorn show goats 83.00-101.00. Selection 1-2 25-40 lbs 100.00-112.00; 40-80 lbs 100.00-113.00; 80-100 lbs 80.00-90.00. DOES/NANNIES: Selection 1-2 80-130 lbs 35.00-46.00, few 48.00; 130-155 lbs 31.00-38.00; thin 70-115 lbs 25.00-35.00. BX/BILLIES: Selection 1-2 80-100 lbs 90.00-103.00; 100-150 lbs 75.00-99.00; 150-250 lbs 70.00-90.00. REPLACEMENT CLASSES: DOES/NANNIES: Selection 1-2 60-115 lbs 50.00-60.00.

EASTERN CORN BELT (includes IL.,IN.,OH.,MI.) Slaughter Goats (cwt.): Kids: Selection 1: 40-60 lbs 115.00. Selection 2: 40-60 lbs 112.00. Bucks/Billies: Selection 2: 100-150 lbs 65.00. Does/Nannies: Selection 2: 70-100 lbs 41.00. Selection 3: 70-100 lbs 38.00.


Artificial insemination of goats a success. I have introduced chilled semen processed under a new method developed by me in Australia and applied in all regions in the Philippines. The pregnancy rates are at 80% and is a breakthrough. I hope this would encourage more goat raisers to go into AI since there is no need of liquid nitrogen refills and no thawing techniques to follow in preparing frozen semen for insemination. This technology has been commercialized in the Philippines. It was developed under an AusAid grant for my Ph.D. at the Univ. of New South Wales, Australia and financed by PCARRD-BAI- DA in the Philippines for technology dissemination. I can share more of my experiences just send your queries to: Dr. Cayetano C. Pomares, Univ. of Southern Mindanao, Kabacan, Cotabato, Philippines or


Last week I asked for some feedback on the ideal goat mix. This is one that came through to me. The mix is around 12-14% Protein. Cracked grain (57% = (10% corn, 15% oats, 15% barley, 15% wheat), high-protein soybean meal (10%), lucerne chaff (30%), salt (1.5%), limestone (1.5%) and spray with Molasses. Any other recipes out there?


I read a news report online this week where a place called Lawton Stables declared how unusual that it was that goats had triplets. The local Clemson University says this is rare for the farm animal. Really? He needs to get out more and visit some goat farms I think. This year I have had two lots of triplets in my stud Boer herd and last year in my commercial herd this was several sets including two sets of quads.


Reports out of India today are that an unknown disease over the last 4 days in Birbhum's Rampurhat Block II. Has killed hundreds of goats. It is also reported that some experts are claiming that it might be the H5N1 bird flu virus, having jumped to animals and mutated however this seems unlikely however it's only added to the panic. One goat framer reports symptoms that include shivering, sneezing and saliva emissions from the mouth. Another reports throat swelling, followed by unconsciousness and rapid death. Local vets report goats are running high temperatures and they have not responded to drug treatments. State officials report they suspect a form of pneumonia. Also there are reports of hundreds of goats dying in the Murshidabad's Khargram and Beldanga areas.


If you are making excess goat milk then making soap is the answer. A report this week from Oregon from Goaty Girlz Milk Soaps, and these are available at the New Frontier Market and Down to Earth in Eugene. You can also order by e-mail: Phone orders (541) 835-9744. The enterprising goat owners found a recipe online and made the first batch last summer. They have used garden herbs and essential oils to make several versions.


In Texas a Euless Santeria priest has lost a court action to allow sacrifice of goats at home. The plaintiff had filed a federal discrimination lawsuit after city officials said he was not allowed to kill goats for a ceremony. Evidently the followers of the African-Caribbean religion consider animal (goat) sacrifice as essential to Santeria as Communion is to Catholics. He had argued that the ritual was protected under the federal Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act, which states that governments must show a compelling public interest before enforcing laws that could interfere with religious practices. The judge ruled that city's slaughtering ban regulated only conduct, not the use of land. Lucky goats!


The local town council has sensibly decided to maintain a herd of goats on National Trust down land at 50 to 60 head. The councillors were told that the goats are doing a good job in keeping the chalk grassland in good condition and keeping the holm oak trees under control, and that they were a relatively sustainable management tool. But we all know that! One of the problems they had previously was keeping the goat from escaping and the new springs on gates appear to have stopped that. A lesson we all learn!


A program funded by the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) and implemented by World Vision-Uganda, was intended to improve food security and nutrition of people living with HIV/AIDS and orphans. Goats were given to orphans and people living with HIV/AIDS to improve food security and nutrition after the war. The goats were local goats from Lira district. Many of the goats have already delivered their first kids and the program included livestock and animal husbandry training, agronomics, nutrition and HIV awareness and energy-saving skills.


Malaysian goat buyers and processors have been visiting Western Australia (WA) to try to improve exports. The Malaysian Government is reported as wanting more than 300,000 goats to make its goat livestock industry self-sufficient. Australia currently exports about 25,000 live goats to Malaysia each year. (I have been one of the growers contributing to this).

AUSTRALIA GOAT OVER THE HOOKS REPORT Latest MLA reports state that goat rates and trading remains stagnant and rates are virtually unchanged. Demand from overseas importers remains low and there is an expectation it will improve. The well reported heavy rainfall and flooding in parts of Queensland goat production regions have not impacted rates although goat numbers have been reduced with trucks having problems moving livestock. The eastern states goat kill for the week ended 18th January was a total of 15,269 head. Prices are in (c/kg cwt)

Capretto (100% Milk fed) 5 - 9kg. Price Range 280 to 315. 0 - 8kg Price Range 100. 8.1 - 10kg Price Range 100 to 147, 10.1 - 12kg Price Range 120 to 176, 12.1 - 16kg Price Range 155 to 184, 16.1 - 20kg Price Range 160 to 186, and 20.1kg+ Price Range 160 to 184.


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