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Shelter for meat goats
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Devin    Posted 02-02-2004 at 20:06:35       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I am planning on getting some meat goats to add to my operation. I have been slowly educating myself on the topic and there is alot to learn. My question is this. How large of a structure would I need to house 30-50 nanny herd. They will be on pasture mostly but I believe they have to have shelter. Am I right on that? Any help is appreciated. Thanks.
Devin


Okie Dokie    Posted 02-03-2004 at 04:56:56       [Reply]  [No Email]
Your goats will need some type of shelter. A hay barn that will keep rain off them is good. They can take the rain, they cn take the cold, but they can't take getting wet, then cold. Especially the young ones.


Dieselrider    Posted 02-03-2004 at 04:11:06       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yes they will need some shelter. It doesn't have to be fancy but, a roof over their heads and some walls to break the wind. oats do not like the wet weather and on rainy days will spend most time indoors. Allow at least 15 square feet per animal as a rule of thumb for space. 50 goats x 15 square feet = 750 square ft., or about a 20ft x40ft. building. Hope this helps.


cowlady    Posted 02-02-2004 at 20:32:30       [Reply]  [No Email]
I'm about to give you a "non" answer, sorry! My nephew raises sheep. He runs 30+ ewes and his shelter is (I'm not exact, but close) 48 x 75 or there abouts. This is divided into 3 sections. Lambing; feed and supply storage; and an open end where they can come in & out freely from the pasture. He has a room carved into the lambing area with heat lamps, thats about 10 x 12. And an office with medical supplies (kept locked)He has a much smaller lean-to that he uses for quarantine. Since I don't really know anything about lambs or goats maybe his barn is a little "over kill" Our cattle stay outside all year! We only bring in the 3 or 4 into 30 x 60 that we feed special for showing at the fair, etc.


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