Goats Production System in Upper Southern Thailand
Khamseekhiew, Bodee; Faculty of Science and Industrial Technology, Prince of Songkla University (PSU), SuratThani Campus
Pompi, O; Faculty of Science and Industrial Technology, Prince of Songkla University (PSU), SuratThani Campus
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Goats have been important contribution for food and economic returns in Thailand for many decades. Most numbers of goats are found in southern Thailand, account for 271,730 heads raising under 36,196 farms. In 2015, in upper southern Thailand (UST), the goat population was 47,163 heads and average density in this area was 12.2 heads per farm. The farmers predominated in using forage including arable fresh grasses, weed and oil palm frond as main roughaghes. Concentrate feed are available in the local market. Production cost is relatively low, and only increases when commercial feed are supplemented.Although some problems of meat goat farmers in term of management, feed and feeding, breed and breeding, diseases, labours as well as circulation of lived goats with the adjacent provinces remain great concern. The flows and its marketing channel of meat goats in the UST are also reported.