Image by Ed Yourdon
(more details later, as time permits)
On my way to dinner at a nearby sushi restaurant the other night, I stopped at a local playground to see if there was anything interesting to photograph. I found that a local community organizer, Darrin Dunn, had raised some contributions to provide uniform-style t-shirts for two competing teams of basketball players in the playground’s court, which has been named "Goat Courts."
Dunn is the CEO of the Earl Manigault Foundation, Inc., and you can reach him by phone at 832-660-1039 if you’d like to offer assistance; he doesn’t have a Website or email address at the moment. The foundation, and the basketball court, are named after the legendary Earl "the Goat" Manigault, who died in 1998 after playing professional basketball in France and Germany. You can learn more about Manigault, the basketball court, and the local tournaments in a July 10, 2009 Black Star News article titled Hope Dreams – Beyond Basketball, which was written by Mitch Ligon, whose chess-playing talents (in the same park) I showed in this Flickr photo.
Anyway, it was an interesting game, with lots of action. I took some 300 shots, and whittled it down to 30 keepers; I’ll upload 10 of them each day, while trying to juggle my other work demands…
Article by Valik Rudd
Top 10 Reasons To Venture in Boer Goat Raising – Business
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Goat raising is currently one of fastest growing livestock industries because of the many benefits that could be derived from it. Every part of a goat has value; whether living or dead a goat has long been proven to be very useful to their owners. Goat is a good source of low-fat, highly digestible and nutritious milk that could also be used to make butter, cheese, yogurt, ice-cream as well as beauty products such as soaps, lotions and other cosmetics. They also provide high quality and expensive fibers, while their skin could be made into different products such as parchment, sounding boards of selected musical instruments or as drumheads.
However, the primary reason why people raise goats is for their meat, also known as “chevon”, or “cabrito” or “goat meat”. Goat meat is the most consumed red meat in the world and it is steadily gaining popularity in the United States because of its increasing immigrants from Asia, Middle East, Africa, and the Carribean. More than this, goat meat is a good alternative for those who have limited choice in meat because of health reasons. Goat meat is a good fish and chicken substitute because it is low in fat and cholesterol, easily digestible, and tasty. Furthermore, goat meat can be prepared in a number of ways; one can grill, bake, fry, mince, and even curry it. One can also use goat meat as a substitute to any recipes that require red meat.
If one will venture into goat raising for its meat, the most suitable goat breed is a Boer goat. Raising Boer goats for meat is highly advantageous for the following reasons:
1) Boer goats grow and multiply at a fast rate; which is equivalent to faster and larger profit.2) Boer goats have better quality and veal-like tasting meat.3) Boer goats are large double muscled animals, therefore, more meat to consume or sell.4) Boer goats are relatively easy to manage unlike other livestock because Boers are affectionate and have mild temperaments similar to any other house pet.5) Boer goats are readily adaptable; they can survive on any environment and on any weather conditions, be it too hot or too cold. 6) Boer goats are highly resistant to diseases because of their adaptive quality; hence, lesser medical expenses for the goat raiser.7) Raising Boer goats does not require a large capital and could easily be learned even by those without prior experience, unlike when one is raising other type of livestock.8) Boer goats are low-maintenance animals, they do not require any fancy goat house, in fact even a simple three-sided structure would do and even with this type of shelter, one will find Boer goats lying out in the sun most of the time. Boer goats also need simple fencing, merely 3 to 4 feet tall considering that they are not inclined to jump on fences compared to other goat breeds.9) Boer goats could still live and thrive even on poor pastures. Their diet could also be just of bush and weeds; hence, the cost in terms of feeding is far less than other livestock.10) Raising Boer goats is a highly lucrative, profitable and enjoyable business.
Raising any animal, whether as pet or for business, is never too easy, but raising Boer goats with its many advantages and positive qualities, as cited, would definitely proved to be a good investment.
About the Author
Valik Rudd has keen interest on Capriculture. Unlike other people with similar passion, he is also into collecting various information, best practices and research findings on raising boer goats. Check out his Goat ebook at: http://www.RaisingGoatsGuide.com
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