Going into Goats: A practical guide to producing goats in the rangelands

Holding goats in paddocks or yards

With increased intensification comes not only the potential for increased revenue but also increased risk and an increased management requirement. Goats in a confined space require increased husbandry to ensure that they have adequate food and water and are not exposed to disease. Under some circumstances, vaccination to clostridial diseases and worm testing preceded by drenching may be required.

Goats captured by mustering and confined to yards or a goat paddock should be allowed a minimum of 48 hours rest with adequate shelter, food and water before they are transported long distances. It is important to ensure that all goats have the opportunity to fill their stomachs through the provision of feed, such as hay, and are fit to load prior to transportation.

Goats should be drafted to minimise dominance behaviour when confined to holding yards or goat paddocks. Where possible goats should be drafted and separated according to gender, age and weight.

When relocating goats, unload them at or push them to the watering point; do not assume they will find the water.