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Trueheart's History and Management Guidelines

Trueheart's History and Management Guidelines

      Trueheart Meat Goats purchased its' first nannies in 1990. We recognized an opportunity in meat goats as a livestock enterprise that would not compete as much for forage with our cattle. From the beginning we applied a common sense approach to the management and production of our meat goat herd by applying principles and guidelines we have used on our Beefmaster cattle for years. This approach has produced continued improvement. Our management philosophy is based on six essential characteristics listed below which were developed by Tom Lasater the originator of the Beefmaster breed of cattle. Below, his six essentials are the result of a common sense approach.

      1. Disposition - any animals that are wild or nervous are culled.

      2. Fertility - any animals which fail to breed in a short breeding period & raise a kid or kids are culled. Replacements are selected for twinning.

      3. Weight - all replacements are selected for heavy weaning.

      4. Confirmation - all replacements are selected for heavy muscling and good confirmation.

      5. Hardiness - animals are selected for their thriftiness. Only animals that require a minimum of supplemental feeding or any other inputs are kept as replacements or sires. Hair Production & Color -animals are selected for only enough hair during winter for adequate protection. Hair production diverts nutrients away from meat production. Color is not an economic factor when the carcass is hanging on the rail. Also I believe movement is more a factor in attracting predators than color is as most predators are color blind and probably rely as much on other senses as sight. We believe producers emphasizing a specific color are not focusing on the most important group of people who should influence our production and that is the consumer.

      6. Milk Production - animals are selected for good milking ability but they cannot have large sagging udders or large teats. We strive to select for compact, trim udders with superior capacity. Milk production is important but it can be over emphasized to the detriment of the breeder who is emphasizing functional efficiency.

      Make an investment in Meat Goats. Meat Goats are the fastest growing livestock industry in the country. There are expanding markets for goats and a growing demand for goat meat all over the country and the world. Over 70% of the world's population eat goat meat and prefer it in many cases. Goats compliment cattle operations by harvesting weeds and browse. Goats fit many producers' needs both large and small who are looking for alternative sources of income for their operations. There is great potential for goat meat in the market place not only for the ethnic population but as a delicious and tender low fat alternative to other red meats. "Due to its increased (unsaturated fats/saturated fats ratio) with a minimal cholesterol intake risk goat meat should be designated as the naturally occurring health meat." (Dr. John R. Addrizzo, M.D. Cardiologist 1992) See chart showing comparisons of goat meat to other meats.

      Trueheart Meat Goats, LLC has all classes of meat goats for sale at all times. We can assist you in procurement of large or small numbers of breeding stock, slaughter goats or show prospects.

      Call for prices and availability. Contracts for nannies are available each year.

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