Housing - What Makes A Good Goat Shelter?
If you are into the business of
goat farming, it is definite that before you started out with
your venture, you made plans on where you will place the herd.
So what makes a good goat housing then?
Good goat housing should be able to accomplish one important
thing: the herd's protection! Ideal shelters for animals
should be able to protect them from extreme temperatures,
rain, and can give them a safe place to rest at night.
One good thing about goats is that these animals are adaptable
to rough terrain and weather conditions. But then again, goats
should still be provided with protection from these elements
in order for their stress experience will be minimized,
enabling them to be more productive and ensure that they grow
Good goat housing plans should also include keeping the
moisture out, lest you risk the herd to contract respiratory
diseases. Your best choice would be to use wood because this
material does not accumulate water.
Ideal goat housing is an open building - it can keep the
moisture out during winter months and can also ensure maximum
airflow during the summer months. It would also do the animals
good if there are trees in the perimeter since trees are also
good insulators and they can keep the herd cool during summer.
Having an open building also ensures ample air circulation
which can prevent ammonia build up from animal urine and
feces. It is also important that beddings are provided for the
animals to act as floor insulators. You can use materials such
as sawdust, wood shavings, and wood boards as beddings. There
are actually different types of bedding materials that also
have different capabilities in absorbing urine. Bedding
materials are not expensive and are readily available.
You might also want to consider what other countries do, using
slanted board walls and floors for easier cleaning and good
airflow. It would also be a good idea if you provide the
animals with stilted housing to protect the goats from soil
As for the roofing materials, you can also choose from a lot
of materials - from hay to metal, whatever you deem it
necessary. But it is good to point out, though, that hay and
straw roofing are excellent insulations that are great during
cold months and hot months. If you will use metal, make sure
you paint it white so that sunlight would be reflected thus
preventing heating the goat housing.
If you are just starting to build your goat farm and still
unsure of how to go about with goat housing, you can also
consult some established goat farmers, you will definitely
learn a lot from them.
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