In Summary
  • A fully grown buck of three years weighs 50kg to 70kg and, if well-maintained, can also be used as a breeder for a fee, earning you extra revenue.

Imminent climate change necessitates a focused effort towards developing sustainable livestock populations. Resilient and productive animal breeds will be needed to meet the growing demand for food.

One candidate livestock species is the goat (capra aegagrus hircus). Compared to other livestock, goats have the most potential to help eradicate poverty and improve nutrition.

Goats are resilient animals that are well-adapted to climatic challenges and, as aggressive browsers, can survive in extremely dry conditions.

They also are a source of meat and milk, especially for small-scale farmers. A characteristic feature is their renowned twinning abilities. The “double for your trouble” slogan would be attractive to anyone.

Of interest, is the goat milk that has a higher nutritional value compared to cow milk. Goat milk is low in fat, rich in fatty acids and calcium, and extremely nutritious.

It is the preferred alternative to breast milk due to its similar chemical composition and is, thus, often given to infants vulnerable to allergies.

Despite all these known benefits, goat milk remains a rare commodity. This could be attributed to low production.

Kenyan Alphine Dairy Goat

Yet the Dairy Goat Association of Kenya rears a well-adapted, hardy and highly productive composite dairy goat breed, the Kenyan Alphine Dairy Goat (KADG).

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