Goats are big business, but they also cause problems

“We are fairly certain that it is not Q fever,” says Professor of Veterinary Medicine Dick Heederik of Utrecht University. “A possible cause is that covered straw is stored by new rules. It starts to compost and then fungi are introduced, which may be harmful.” In addition, according to the professor, it can also have an animal-related cause.

Several counties have been in recent years a stop put on new goat farms or expansions. The effects of this may not be seen until later, because many companies already had their license in their pocket when these rules were introduced.

Problem with kids

Another problem of the growing goat sector is the surplus of goats, or male goats. Because the meat is not really eaten much in the Netherlands, it costs goat farmers money to have them and the animals sometimes live in poor conditions.

“Bucks don’t give milk, do they”, says Jeannette van de Ven. “You see the same discussions with the laying hens about the roosters, and in the dairy farm about the bulls. I think that as a farmer you are responsible for your animals, whether they are males or females. If they are on your farm, you have to just take good care of it. “

According to her, the solution to the goat problem is simple: “We should actually eat more goat meat. This is also fine. It is an excellent combination: goat cheese with goat meat.”

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