Domesticated goats are versatile and intelligent but also rewarding in terms of their economic value. Goats can be used as a breeding or cottage industry investment, or as a source of income for farming and grazing enterprises that are looking to diversify. Goats can control weed and grass overgrowth and a great source of manure, but they can also produce dairy, meat, wool, leather and soaps, body and hair care products.
The Certificate of Goat Husbandry is a professional development course that will introduce you to the variety of goat breeds (there are over 300!), and teach you how to feed, care for and understand this entertaining animal’s unique behaviour.
In this goat husbandry course, you will learn about farming systems, health management, and general goat husbandry, including fencing, housing and grooming.
You will also study goat breeding; dairy, meat and fibre production; and how to successfully negotiate goat farm management. This includes buildings and structures, farm safety, how to keep records, market your products and handle and maintain equipment and machinery.
On completion of this course, you will have insights into some of the tricks of the trade in terms of goat husbandry, choosing the most appropriate breed, and managing your herd to get the very best out of them.
Unit - Goat Production
Unit 1 – Nature and Scope of Goat Production
Introduction and History
Uses of Goats and Goat Production
Goats Breeds Overview
Introduction to Farm Systems
Keeping a Buck
Truths and Myths about Goats
Unit 2 – Goat Breeds and Breeding
Selection and Breeding General Objectives
Reproductive System Anatomy
Reproduction Control Methods
Synchronisation of Oestrus
Out of Breeding Season
Genetics and Selection
Unit 3 – Feeds and Nutrition
Feeding for milk production
Feeding for meat production
Unit 4 – Health Management
Signs of Good Health
Bacterial and Viral Diseases
Johne’s Disease (Paratuberculosis)
Accidents, Emergencies and First Aid
Control of Bleeding
Tear wounds or lacerations
Abortion and Genital Processes
White Muscle Diseases
Sanitary Policy of Infectious Goats
Choosing a Vet
Unit 5 – General Husbandry – Housing, Fencing, Grooming
Housing and Fencing
Grazing and Pasture Management
How Much Grazing
Other Areas That Can Be Utilised For Grazing
Grooming and Hair Care
Unit 6 – Kids and Kidding
Hygiene during delivery
Care of a newborn kid
Unit 7 – Dairy Production
Quality and Composition
Compositions of goat’s milk
Factors of variation
Breeds and production systems
Age and lactation number
Different types of cheese
Unit 8 – Meat and Fibre Production
Annual Management of Angora Flock
Annual Management of a cashmere flock
Management of meat flock
Carcass quality and grading
Unit 9 – Goat Farm Management
On the Farm – Buildings and Structures
Farming production systems
Occupational Health and Safety Legislation
Duty of care (employer and employer duties)
Lifting and manual handling
Dealing with chemicals
Storage and disposal of chemicals
Handling tools and machinery
Marketing your products
Advertising your stock
Where you can sell
When you study with Australian Online Courses you will be assessed using a competency-based training method. Competency-based training focuses on a learner’s ability to receive, respond to and process information to achieve a competency result. As such, skills-based and knowledge assessments are geared towards attainment to meet industry-defined standards.
Assessment will be comprised of written assignments and exercises, including short answer questions, reports, essays, research projects and reflective tasks. There are no examinations or due dates for assessment. As a result, you can complete training in your own time and at your own pace with the assistance of unlimited tutor support.
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We offer twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply);
Certificate of Attainment/Completion issued for your CV (hard copy provided); and
Course may be tax deductible; see your tax advisor.
How long will it take to complete this course?
The approximate study hours for this course is 50 hours. We offer twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply).
Can I purchase optional printed materials?
While printed materials are not available for purchase, PDF copies are available for download and self-printing for this program.
When can I start this course?
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Will I receive a certificate upon completion of this course?
Yes! You will receive a Certificate of Attainment upon successful completion of your assessment.
Do I need to attend classes or undertake any work placements?
No. All courses are delivered online via our e-learning system and there are no work placement requirements in this course.
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I am an international student. Can I enrol into this course?
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