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Learn about goat husbandry and the products they produce, such as milk, wool, meat and more.

A useful introduction to the care of goats.

Study goat husbandry by online or distance learning.

Domestic goats are one of the most useful animals to have as they are easy to look after and feed. Therefore, they are very good for farming, as pets, or as pack animals (pack goats).




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Online Goat Husbandry Course

Study goat care, health problems, dairy production, meat production, housing, fencing and much more.

In this course, you will learn more about -

  • Goat care.
  • Health problems.
  • Dairy production.
  • Meat production.
  • Housing.
  • Fencing, and much more.

Study with our expert and friendly tutors who are there to help you every step of the way.

The course requires around 100 hours of study and you can start at any time to suit you.

The course is self-paced.

Domestic goats are one of the most useful animals to have as they are easy to look after and feed. Therefore, they are very good for farming, as pets, or as pack animals (pack goats).  As a domestic farm animal, they can be used to produce a variety of products, such as dairy (milk, butter, yogurt), meat, leather, wool, and soaps.

Goats can also be very useful for the control of weed or grass overgrowth on a property as well as a great source of manure for the garden.

Course Duration: 100 hours.

Start Date: Start at any time - study at a pace that suits you, and with full tutor support for the duration of your studies.

The course comprises 9 lessons as outlined, below.

Lesson 1. Nature and Scope of Goat Production
Introduction and History; Biological Terminology; Uses of Goats and Goat Production; Goats Breeds Overview; Introduction to Farm Systems; Keeping a Buck; Truths and Myths about Goats; Goat Psychology; Social Structure.

Lesson 2. Goat Breeds and Breeding
Dairy Goats; Saanen; Toggenburg; British Alpine; Anglo-Nubian; Fleece Goats; Angoras; Cashmere; Meat Goats; Boer Goats; Spanish Goats; Savannas; Kiko; Myotonic; Goat Skin; Black Bengal; Garganica; Pet Goats; Australian Miniature; Nigerian Dwarf; African Pygmy; Feral Goats; Selection and Breeding General Objectives; Reproductive System Anatomy; Puberty; Breeding Season; Flock Mating; Pen Mating; Hand Mating; Reproduction Control Methods; Synchronisation of Oestrus; Out of Breeding Season; Superovulation; Artificial Insemination; Genetics and Selection; Understanding Genes.
Lesson 3. Feeds and Nutrition
Feeding; Forage; Hay; Haylage; Straw; Wild Plants; Concentrates; By-products; Minerals; Feeding Strategies; Feeding for milk production; Feeding for meat production.

Lesson 4. Health Management
Health Problems; Ecopathology; Signs of Good Health; Bacterial and Viral Diseases; Clostridial Diseases; Johne’s Disease (Paratuberculosis); Listeriosis; Soremouth; Slow viruses; Parasites; Accidents, Emergencies and First Aid; Control of Bleeding; Tear wounds or lacerations; Electric Shock; Snake bites; Fractures; Poisoning; Abortion and Genital Processes; Chlamidiosis; Q Fever; Listeriosis; Leptospirosis; Toxoplasmosis; Ketosis; Digestive Problems; Bloat; Choking; Acidosis; Respiratory problems; White Muscle Diseases; Pinkeye; Urinary Calculi; Mastitis; Metritis; Sanitary Policy of Infectious Goats; Choosing a Vet.

Lesson 5. General Husbandry - Housing, Fencing, Grooming
Space Requirements; Housing and Fencing; Grazing and Pasture Management; Free Range; Intensive Confinement; Combination System; Grazing Methods; How Much Grazing; Other Areas That Can Be Utilised For Grazing; Hoof care; Disbudding; Dehorning; Tattooing; Vaccination; Worming; Grooming and Hair Care.

Lesson 6. Kids and Kidding
Hygiene during delivery; The delivery; Parturition/Birth; Care of a newborn kid; Early feeding; Weaning; Castration.

Lesson 7. Dairy Production
Milk Production; Lactation Curve; Quality and Composition; Compositions of goat's milk; Protein; Fat; Lactose; Ash; Vitamins; Factors of variation; Breeds and production systems; Age and lactation number; Different types of cheese.

Lesson 8. Meat and Fibre Production
Fibre Production; Mohair; Annual Management of Angora Flock; Mohair Production; Cashmere; Annual Management of a cashmere flock; Cashmere Production; Meat Production; Management of meat flock; Slaughter terminology; Carcass quality and grading; Leather production.

Lesson 9. Goat Farm Management
On the Farm - Buildings and Structures; Goat shelters; Farming production systems; Keeping records; Goat Management; Occupational Health and Safety Legislation; Farm Safety; Duty of care (employer and employer duties); Lifting and manual handling; Protective Equipment; Dealing with chemicals; Storage and disposal of chemicals; Handling tools and machinery; Safety Audit; Marketing your products; Advertising your stock; Where you can sell.


  • Discuss the significance of goats, the characteristics that differentiate them from other domesticated animals and the scope and nature of goat industries.
  • Select appropriate Goat Breeds for specified purposes.
  • Describe how goats are bred.
  • Determine and manage an appropriate diet for a goat.
  • Identify a sick goat.
  • Describe common health issues that can affect goats; their prevention and treatment.
  • Determine facilities needed, and husbandry tasks that need to be undertaken for the management of a goat.
  • Describe Kidding and Raising Kids.
  • Explain the commercial farming goats for fibre, meat and other products (excluding dairy).
  • Determine viable plans for farming goats.

Sample Course Notes - Goats are kept for many different reasons
The goat is a member of the family Bovidae. The goat specifically belongs to the subfamily caprinae and is closely related to the sheep.

Goats are categorized as an herbivorous mammal and are one of the oldest domesticated species.

Neolithic farmers are known to have herded wild goats to provide them with milk and meat and also bone, sinew and hair for making tools, clothes and building.

The first area of captivity is known to be in the South-East Asia region about 8000BC. Before this time, goats were only known to be feral

Uses for Goat & Goat Products
Domestic goats are one of the most useful animals to have as they are easy to look after and feed.

As a domestic farm animal they can be used to produce a variety of products, such as:

  • Diary (milk, butter, yoghurt).
  • Meat.
  • Leather.
  • Wool (fleece goats).
  • Soaps, body and hair care products.

In Europe and North America, intensive, high-yielding dairy goat herds are common. In Afghanistan cashmere goats are kept on rangelands for their meat and fleeces.  In Africa, subsistence farmers commonly keep dual-purpose goats on their smallholdings for milk and meat. In Australia, goats are farmed and exported for meat in large volumes. Feral goats are commonly run alongside sheep and beef herds in New Zealand to help manage weeds and scrub in pasture. In the 1900’s goats have become very popular as pets, more commonly in Europe and North America.

Goat Breeds
Nowadays, there are over 300 different breeds of goats.  Goat breeds fall into a number of general categories. They are generally classified by their main use e.g. dairy, meat, fibre/fleece or companion animals.

Dairy goats may be of 4 different breeds:

  • Saanen.
  • Toggenburg.
  • British Alpine.
  • Anglo-Nubian.

Examples of specific meat breeds:

  • Spanish meat goat.
  • South African Boer.
  • New Zealand Kiko.

Examples of specific fibre/fleece goats

  • Cashmere.
  • Angora.
  • Pygora.

Examples of companion goat breeds

  • Pygmy.
  • Kinder.

Australia has created its own experimental breeds being the All Brown goats breed and, since 2001, the Australian Melaan (the All Black goats breed).
There are also many cross breeds, including crosses between dairy goats and fleece goats.

It is studied by distance learning, so you can study in the comfort of your own home. But this doesn't mean you are all alone in your studies.  Our highly qualified and friendly tutors are there to help you every step of the way.  If you have any questions at all, they are always happy to help.

Each lesson includes set tasks, and is completed with an assignment which the student submits to their course tutor.  The tutor will mark the assignment and return this to the student with comments and suggestions for further reading.

Who Should Study This Course?

  • farmers
  • farm staff
  • rescue workers
  • animal care workers
  • veterinarians
  • veterinary staff
  • anyone working with animals and wants to learn more aboout goats

Why Study This Course?

Start at any time and work at your own pace.

Work with industry experts who are there to help you throughout the course.

Develop and improve your knowledge of goat husbandry.

Study a specialist course in goat husbandry.

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Meet some of our academics

Alison Pearce (animal)B.Sc.(Hons) in Animal Science. Masters Degree in Ecotourism. P.G.Cert. Ed. (Science). Alison's first job was in 1982 as a stockwoman, working with pigs in Yorkshire. Within a few years she of that she was working for the University of Western Australia as a Research Technician and instructor with their school of Agricultural Science.In 1989 she moved to Melbourne University as Unit Manager and Instructor in Animal Husbandry. By the mid 1990's she moved back to England to work in Animal Care and Veterinary Nursing at Cambridgeshire College of Agriculture. Throughout her career, Alison has developed and delivered courses in veterinary nursing and animal sciences for vocational colleges and universities in Australia, New Zealand and Australia. She has built a high level of expertise and an outstanding international reputation as an expert in animal sciences.
Dr. Gareth PearceGraduated from the University of Nottingham in 1982 with a B.Sc.(Hons) in Animal Science. Between 82 and 85 worked as Research Assistant and Demonstator in Animal Science at the University of Leeds. Over more than 30 years he has furthered his studies, obtaining eight significant university qualifications including degrees in Veterinary Science, Wildlife Conservation and Animal Behaviour. Gareth has significant teaching experience around the world as a faculty member at eight different universities including Associate Professor at Murdoch University and Director of Studies in Veterinary Science at Cambridge University. He has over 100 prestigious research papers published, and enjoys an outstanding international reputation in the fields of animal and veterinary science.
Marius Erasmus Subsequent to completing a BSc (Agric) degree in animal science, Marius completed an honours degree in wildlife management, and a masters degree in production animal physiology. Following the Masters degree, he has worked for 9 years in the UK, and South Africa in wildlife management, dairy, beef and poultry farming.

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