Articles about Goat Farming
Bodyweight and Growth of Goats
Growth of male and female goats with 90% range
Bodyweight is one of the most significant and important parameters for the management of livestock:
It is a direct indicator for
the condition of the goat;
It reflects the nutritional condition of the goat;
Most health issues affect the body weight of a goat;
Almost all medications require the actual body size of the goat for correct dosage;
In a meat goat operation, a high growth rate
is of prior economic importance.
The following statements are based on our weighing data from 2006 to 2018:
The average body weight of meat goats was 66.5
kg (ranging from 51-86 kg), the average body weight of dairy goats was 90.6 kg (69-112 kg).
Adult bucks weigh around 100 kg on average,
compared to around 66 kg for does.
The body weight of adult goats varies substantially over time due to pregnancy, lactation, and
Male kids are heavier at birth than female kids. They also grow faster.
Kids from dairy mothers are heavier than kids from
meat mothers and grow faster.