Our 2015 Kid crop is arriving. So far we have had 25 new babies born. We had 19 born in the rain in the last two days including three sets of twins born yesterday in about a three hour span. All are doing well and we haven't had to assist any births. We don't provide any shelters for our goats so all the babies are born outside in the rain(over 3 inches). Four of these babies were from our first time doelings also in the rain and they are doing well, too.
To see more pics of the new babies click here.
Here's one pair of twins born this year. This is my favorite time of year. I like going out to find the newborn kids. You never know how many your might find or what color they might be. It's like an Easter egg hunt. We are expecting about 100 kids this year.
Why Raise Goats?
Now seems to be the time to take advantage of the rising demand for goat meat in the United States. The meat goat industry is now the fastest growing livestock segment in the United States and the demand for goat meat is expected to double in the next 6 to 10 years. The increasing economic importance of meat goat
production in the U.S. can be attributed primarily to a strong demand for
goat meat from a fast growing ethnic population. Many ethnic groups - including Hispanic, Muslim, Caribbean and many other
people - enjoy goat meat. Goat meat is the most consumed meat in the world and with the increasing ethnic population the demand is growing rapidly in the U. S. Demand is currently about double the domestic production, so
there is ample room for expansion. Americans are now finding out the healthy atributes of goat meat and it is beginning to show up in mainstream America.
Meat goats fit in well with other enterprises, particularly cattle operations, and may be used to control noxious weeds and brush to improve pastures for other livestock.
Some breeds of meat goats can be raised with very little supplemental grain and with minimal shelter, and are generally an easy-care animal. The key management issues for a successful meat goat enterprise are fencing, parasite control, good mothering does, low kid attrition, predator control, and marketing. Breeding stock is also very important, we have chosen the Kiko breed and now after 8+ years of experience are very pleased that we did. (Click here to see why we believe Kiko's are your best choice of breeds).
goats are enjoyable to raise and can be profitable, they are not a way
to "get rich quick". As with any farming endeavor, knowledge and skills
are essential for success. Call or e-mail us, we'll be happy to discuss raising meat goats and share the experience we have gained.
The Florida Goat Ranch is owned by Larry and Susie Reeves and is conveniently located in North Central Florida near Hawthorne. We raise purebred Kiko and percentage Kiko goats for the commercial meat market and for the breeder market. Larry and Susie have been raising Kikos on their 70 acre farm for eight years. They have both attended the Florida A&M University Master Goat Breeder School.
We are a large enough operation that we generally have does and doelings available for sale. We also have a few PUREBRED young bucks available.