About the book
Goats have a special relationship with the environment and are able to live in and adapt to almost any conditions. They have fundamental role in the so-called third world countries (Asia, Africa) where they are seen as a part of society providing meat, skin, milk, fibre and employment. Life in those countries is greatly affected by the size of the flock, the products produced, the prices available and the distance from the place of production to the market and the possibility of accessing the market.
We must not forget that farming requires quite different approaches and animal feeding conditions in different farming systems. It is not the same having a larger number of animals or small herds just for family needs.
However, one thing should be common and most important: animal “well-being”, knowledge of the health status of animals, continuous monitoring and, if necessary, healing and treatment of animals. Without this knowledge, infectious diseases, feed-borne diseases and resistance to individual drugs cannot be traced, which can lead to very serious problems and, in some cases, tragedies.