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Academy to host workshop for goat farmers

The Hitambo Virtual Academy will be hosting a goat farming workshop from 4 to 6 August at the farm Hieromtrent of Simon Katjangua near Osire in the Otjiwaringo district.

According to the founder of the academy, Mitiri Mbunga, the intensive three-day induction workshop is for new and existing farmers who have a working knowledge of goat farming and who are looking to improve their knowledge levels.

“The workshop will cover all aspects of Boer goat and Kalahari red goat farming and animal husbandry.

It will equip trainees with the essential skills they need to improve the profitability of their farming operations,” he says, adding that economic realities dictate that only the most effective goat farmer will remain in business and prosper in the future.

Mbunga says the workshop presenters, which have been organised in partnership with the German institution Sparkassenstiftung für Internationale Kooperation, will be Vaja Ngaujake, a certified goat inspector and former lecturer at the University of Namibia, Abiud Mbungaha, a master in strategic management, and himself.

Mbunga holds an honours degree in education and is a certified senior trainer in simulation.

He says the farming enterprise has three sections – the stud for breeding animals, a section for animals being bred for meat, and a section for commercial goat farming.

“Trainees will be taken to these sections to see first-hand what goes on there,” he says.

Mbunga says the training scope will cover the physiology ad characteristics of a Boer goat as well as the Kalahari red goat.

“We will also cover the economics of livestock farming, sustainability, goat health and preventive medicine, as well as feeding and nutrition,” he says.

Also among the topics to be discussed will be planning the production cycle, managing the kidding season, record keeping, as well as producing a cash flow statement, income statement and balance sheet.

Mbunga says a course fee will be charged to cater for a detailed training manual, a certificate, as well as refreshments.

However, each participant is expected to bring his own camping equipment, calculator, pen and notebook as well as some out-of-pocket allowance.
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