Goat Husbandry Practices followed by Farmers in the Vicinity of Ranthambore Tiger Reserve, India

Deepak Chand Meena, B.S. Meena, Gopal Sankhala, Sanchita Garai, H.R. Meena, and Madhu Latha C.


The study was performed among 30 villages near the Ranthambore Tiger Reserve, with 12 goat rears chosen from each village, thus making 360 total respondents who were exposed to a structured interview schedule. The study explored that only 60 farmers were rearing goats as a source of their livelihood. Goat keepers followed the nuclear family hence average household size and herd size of goat were 3.80 and 13.90 per household, respectively. With an average landholding size of 6.80 Bigha per household, the most of the farmers possessed small and medium landholdings. Existing goat practices were grouped in four categories; breeding, feeding, health care, and management practices. Inbreeding, common signs of estrus, mating time after heat detection etc. were common practices adopted by the respondents. Among feeding practices farmers adopted practices such as allowing the kid to suckle teats of his mother, off ering milk at the rate of 10 per cent of body weight, and stall feeding followed by grazing up to 8 hours. Farmers were quite aware of health care practices but farmers were not having a good house structure for their animals and were not good at keeping records of their animals.

Keyword: Ranthambore Tiger Reserve, Goat, Practices, Husbandry, Farmers, Adoption.

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