Goat feeding system in Surat Thani Province, Thailand
The purpose of this research was to study feeding system of goats farming in Surat Thani Province (SRT), Thailand. The data were collected from all selected farmers using a questionnaire. The samples were 62 farmers in SRT and carried out during March to December 2015 including 10 districts. The population of goats was 1,913 heads. Most of the goat farmer was in Punpin districts. Farmers use their own family members as labor to manage the farm. Natural grown locally roughage is the staple feed for goats. Farmers raised their goats by feeding them with native grasses, leucaena forage and fresh oil palm frond. Concentrate was highly used (88.6%) including soybean peel, palm kernel cake (48.6%) and commercial feed (42.9%). Oil palm decanter cake is preferable agro-byproducts used by the farmers. It can be concluded that SRT has a great potential as the hub for goat production in the south of Thailand for the local and external consumptions due to its abundant in natural feed resources.
Farm; Feeding System; Goat; Surat Thani Province
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