The Evaluation of Three Feeding Regimens and Three Anthelmintics in a Meat Goat Production System: a Florida A&M University Research/ Extension Project

Food safety starts at the farm gate. Proper management and feeding are important to the productivity and survivability of the farm as well as to the health and safety of the food supply. Nutrition and internal parasites are two factors that affect the growth of the meat goat industry in Florida. The project evaluated three common feeding strategies [(i) a cracked corn feed, (ii) a 12% crude protein commercial feed, and (iii) a 16% crude protein commercial feed)] and three anthelmintics for their effects on weight gain and economic efficiency, and any resistance among the herd, respectively. The results indicated that the 12% crude protein commercial feed-feeding regimen was the most economical / sustainable, and had the lowest weight gain. In addition, the results indicated that Florida A&M University, Research Extension Center herd might be resistant to the Levamisole type anthelmintic. One of the objectives, also, was to apply the most efficient resources to maintain food safety. The aim is to attain healthier animals through proper nutrition, weight gain and carcass quality, thereby maximizing safe food supply.

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Jul 13 2008
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