Indigenous goats are enjoying their moment in the spotlight. On 7 February 2020 the Limpopo Indigenous Veld Goat (IVG) club and Bosvelder Limpopo Club held a farmer’s information day at Tafelkop in the Ga Matsepe district of Groblersdal. The purpose of the day was to help emerging farmers in the Limpopo area learn more about the benefits of farming with indigenous goats and sheep and how to manage their health and nutrition. Plaas Media also attended the day and handed out copies of Stockfarm to those in attendance.
Benefits of indigenous breeds
The keynote speaker of the day was Emmanuel Mudau, chairperson of the Limpopo IVG club. The discussions on the day focused on selecting, breeding, and recognising quality genetics. Mudau said that there are many benefits to farming with indigenous veld goats. They have a high fertility rate and good mothering qualities. They easily take care of twins or even triplets. They are also very adaptable to the harsh environmental conditions of the country. Indigenous goats also have high resistance against common diseases such as heartwater and internal parasites such as worms.
Fighting poverty with farming
The day was made possible with the assistance of community leaders as well as local municipality member Molwele Matsepe. “By breeding correctly with indigenous goats, a farm can become more profitable,” said Matsepe. “It can help communities break free from poverty.” For more information, contact the IVG club on 073 889 4707. – Yolande Roodt, Stockfarm