You will have to make many decisions about "how" to raise your goats. Collectively the answers you choose will comprise your "management system." You will have to decide what type of goats to raise, where to purchase your foundation stock, what you will feed them, and what preventive measures you will take for their health and well being. The choices you make will greatly influence whether you make money or lose money and whether you have chosen a full or a part-time job. Don’t haphazardly make these decisions. Most importantly, try to make sure you will enjoy what you’re about to do!
Here are some of the key elements of a management system for raising goats:
The old saying "if you don’t know where you are going, any road will do" is certainly true in the raising of goats. Are you trying to make money or just have some fun? Is your business selling breeding stock, selling goats for the commercial meat market, or some combination of both? How much time and money do you want to invest? Take a few minutes to write down what you believe your goals are. It is recommended that you start out with a small number of goats while you’re learning about the goat business and actually experience goat farming. You can add additional stock and modify your goals as needed to suit your situation. It will help if you set goals that are measurable otherwise you will not be able to chart your progress.
Understanding what is standing in the way of achieving your goals will be very helpful in planning for success. Typical obstacles might include limited amounts of money to invest, poor fencing, not enough land, or a lack of knowledge. By identifying obstacles, you have automatically determined the areas where your energy needs to be focused.