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Two Extension professionals stand in a goat pasture.

*This is part 3 of 9 from The Urban Difference: Report 2019

Raising goats on forestland can lead to economic and environmental benefits by removing invasive plants and reducing animal food costs.

Raising Goats on Forestland

A goat is raised up leaning on a fence to reach tall grasses to eat.

Goats at AAMU’s Winfred Thomas Agricultural Research Station.

In March 2019, Alabama Extension at Alabama A&M University (AAMU), in partnership with AAMU’s Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences, was awarded a three-year capacity grant for $346,670 to fund the project “Advantages of Using Forestland for Meat Goat Production.” The principal and co-principal investigators are Dr. Kozma Naka and Dr. Valens Niyigena, respectively. The primary focus of the project is to explore how browsing goats can be used to clear understory vegetation in urban areas.

Specific project goals are to:

  • Increase awareness of agroforestry’s economic, social, and environmental benefits to farmers and forest landowners on small and medium-sized farms.
  • Educate stakeholders about factors that lead to successful meat goat enterprises. Factors include revenue generated by carcass weights, average weight gain, and lower death rates caused by
    internal parasitism.
  • Educate producers about developing an operating budget, including all the variables that affect value and the total income generated to calculate the break-even point.
  • Educate producers on how to determine the in-out price analysis level that is required to cover the cost of producing goat meat under forestland management.
  • Inform producers about goat browsing, controlled soil erosion, and how to improve soil fertility through carbon and nitrogen recycling.

The results of the study will be used to increase awareness of agroforestry’s economic, social, and environmental benefits to farmers and forest landowners on small and medium-sized farms. Specifically, goat producers will be able to determine costs associated with producing goat meat using forestland. 

Visit www.aces.edu/go/MeatGoatProject for more information regarding this project.

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Part 1 – The Urban Difference: Report 2019, From the Administrators
Part 2 – The Urban Difference: Report 2019, Alabama 4-H and Youth Development
Part 3 – The Urban Difference: Report 2019, Animal Science and Forages
Part 4 – The Urban Difference: Report 2019, Community Resource Development
Part 5 – The Urban Difference: Report 2019, Consumer Sciences and Personal Financial Management
Part 6 – The Urban Difference: Report 2019, Family and Child Development
Part 7 – The Urban Difference: Report 2019, Forestry, Wildlife, and Natural Resources
Part 8 – The Urban Difference: Report 2019, Home Grounds, Gardens and Home Pests
Part 9 – The Urban Difference: Report 2019, Human Nutrition, Diet and Health

 

Download a PDF of The Urban Difference: Report 2019, UNP-2175. 

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