Meat Goats

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Getting Started in Meat Goat Farming

Whether you currently own farmland, or are looking to purchase, rent or lease acreage, starting a new farm business requires planning. Visit our Starting a Farm in Ontario web page for more information.

The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) is responsible for inspecting meat plants and abbatoirs, and slaughter activities to ensure food safety and animal welfare regulations are followed. Our Your Responsibilities Under The Meat Regulation web page gives basic information about the regulations about the slaughter and selling of meat in Ontario. You may find our list of provincially licensed meat plants helpful as well.

We have many resources to help you with raising healthy goats on our Goat Management, Health and Biosecurity, Goat Feeding and Nutrition and Goat Pasture Seeding Recommendations web pages.

Ontario Goat has numerous resources on their website, including:

Visit the Ontario Goat website to see all of the resources they have available.

Goat Herd Health and Biosecurity

Creating and following a herd health plan will help you maintain individual animal health, good animal welfare, milk production and establish a relationship with a veterinarian. Ontario Animal Health Network provides quarterly reports on disease trends in the small ruminant sector along with support material. The information below will provide you with information on disease, herd health plans and animal welfare. For general information on animal health and welfare visit the Animal Health and Welfare Branch.

Keeping accurate records will help improve overall production and will help you make better decisions for your operation.OMAFRA's Kidding Diary and Dairy Goat Management Journal are two free resources that can help you with recordkeeping.

The On-Farm Euthanasia of Sheep and Goats web page provides information on how to humanely kill goats on your farm when necessary.

Ontario Goat has numerous resources available on their website, including:

Visit the Ontario Goat website to see all of the resources they have available.

Other external resources

Goat Feeding and Nutrition

The feeding and nutrition of the herd is critical to the overall success of your operation regardless if you're producing milk products, meat or fibre. The information below will help you

Keeping accurate records will help improve overall production and will help you make better decisions for your operation. OMAFRA's Kidding Diary and Dairy Goat Management Journal are two free resources that can help you with recordkeeping.

Corn Silage

Molds and Mycotoxins

Water Quality

Water Requirements of Livestock (Order No. 07-023)

Ontario Goat has numerous resources on their website, including:

Feed case studies:

Visit the Ontario Goat website to see all of the resources they have available.


For more information:
Toll Free: 1-877-424-1300
E-mail: ag.info.omafra@ontario.ca