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Goat Science

Open access peer-reviewed volume

Edited by Sándor Kukovics
Széchenyi István University of Sciences

Goat science covers quite a wide range and varieties of topics, from genetics and breeding, via nutrition, production systems, reproduction, milk and meat production, animal health and parasitism, etc., up to the effects of goat products on human health. In this book, several parts of them are presented within 18 different chapters. Molecular genetics and genetic improvement of goats are the new approaches of goat development. Several factors affect the passage rate of digesta in goats, but for diet properties, goats are similar to other ruminants. Iodine deficiency in goats could be dangerous. Assisted reproduction techniques have similar importance in goats like in other ruminants. Milk and meat production traits of goats are almost equally important and have significant positive impacts on human health. Many factors affect the health of goats, heat stress being of increasing importance. Production systems could modify all of the above-mentioned characteristics of goats.

You can download each chapter at IntechOpen:


Compiled and written by Clara Hedrich, with assistance from Dr. Chris Duemler, DVM, and Dan Considine

This publication was made possible through a grant the the Emerging Agricultural Markets Team from the University of Wisconsin, with support from the Wisconsin Dairy Goat Association and the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection.

The main purpose of this “Best Practices Guide” is to provide some insight into the dairy goat industry.

  • This guide contains basic knowledge to help those who are considering a dairy goat operation make a sound decision as to whether or not this would be a viable business for them. Success in the industry is not guaranteed.
  • A goat dairy farmer in this “Best Practices Guide” is defined as a farm milking at least 50 does and selling their milk to a milk plant. There are a few exceptions but most plants require a farm to be milking at least 50 does before they will consider picking up their milk due to the cost of transportation. A farmstead dairy is one in which the farm processes their own milk and sells their own product.

Best Management Practices for Dairy Goat Farmers


Meat Goat Production Handbook - 2nd EditionThe Second Edition of the Meat Goat Production Handbook from Langston University has been published and is now available. This edition contains all the chapters found in the 2007 edition, updated and expanded with current information, along with many other chapters. Many extension specialists, veterinarians, scientists, producers, and agriculture and industry professionals contributed to this book. The narrative of each chapter is accompanied by excellent pictures and charts. The ultimate goal of this handbook is to assist meat goat producers in producing safe, wholesome products for the public.

2nd Edition
Langston University

Meat Goat Production Handbook Order Form


ThScreen Shot 2016-08-25 at 8.23.23 a.m.e First Edition of the Dairy Goat Production Handbook from Langston University has been published and is now available. The breadth and depth of topics and information included in this book will serve all dairy goat producers from those persons who raise and milk only a few does in their backyard to producers operating a large commercial dairy. Upon perusing the book, the reader will see that experts in all areas of production were invited to author chapters. The narrative of each chapter is accompanied by excellent pictures and charts. Production of safe, wholesome dairy goat milk and milk products is the aim of all dairy goat producers. The editors and authors hope that this handbook serves to assist in fulfilling that aim.

1st Edition
Langston University

Dairy Goat Production Handbook Order Form


Carol Delaney

Turning a passion into a viable business is a line-in-the-sand decision, and a new book by Northeast SARE Farmer Grant Specialist Carol Delaney, A Guide to Starting a Commercial Goat Dairy, covers what farmers should consider when planning a goat dairy startup. It also fills a gap—there are many periodicals and books with information about cow dairying, and this adds some needed weight on the small ruminant side of the scale.

by Carol Delaney

A Guide to Starting a Commercial Goat Dairy

*************************************************************************************************Heifer International is pleased to present Raising Goats for Milk and Meat. This introductory handbook provides an experience-based training model on the basic care and management of dairy and meat goats. Also available in Spanish, Crianza de Cabra para Leche y Carne.

Raising Goats for Milk and Meat

New Revised Edition
Rosalee Sinn & Paul Rudenberg