- Increased forage and better nutrition year-round, including during the dry season
- Decreased parasite burdens because droppings fall through the slatted floor of the raised house
- Increased growth due to better nutrition and less parasites
- Decreased infant mortality also due to better nutrition and less parasites
- Decreased opportunistic infections associated with lowered resistance associated with high parasite burdens and/or low nutrition
These kinds of technological solutions, emphasizing management rather than reliance on chemical interventions, are suited to small farm conditions in many parts of the world where farming families are often quite poor, and where
drugs and other supplies – as well as technical assistance - are often lacking or too expensive.
Given the increasingly serious threat of parasite resistance to anthelmentics in developed countries, many of these low-input
strategies have relevance and should be considered as viable adjuncts to chemically-based control methods in other parts of the world.
More information on varied fodder will be found in the article, High Protein Shrubs & Trees for Goats
and on the Nutrition and Supplementation page, and more information on raised housing will be found on the Housing & Husbandry page.