A guide to the practical management of goats in both tropical and temperate countries. Chapters on different breeds, nutrition and feeding, reproduction and kid rearing, and health and routine husbandry are included in the text.
Small ruminants, such as sheep and goats, fit well into smallholder farming systems: cheap to buy and maintain, easy to work with and to market, they are widely distributed throughout the world, but policy-makers and administrators tend to overlook their contributions to the economy and rural and peri-urban livelihoods. NOTE: The main target audience for the FAO Diversification booklets are people and organisations that provide advisory, business and technical support to small-scale farmers and local communities in low and middle-income countries, as well as policy makers and programme managers. They are not intended to be technical ""how to do it ""guidelines; however, each booklet identifies additional sources of information, technical support and websites.
The practical focus of this authoritative, comprehensive encyclopedia promotes the understanding and improvement of animals' behaviour without compromising welfare. It will be an essential resource for practising veterinarians, researchers and students in zoology and ethology, and for all those working with and interested in animals and their welfare. --Book Jacket.
Pastoral Development Network (Overseas Development Institute)