We will keep a few goats for our own consumption and milk production. We should aim for a mixed breed so that we have both good milk and good meat production. The bulk of the feed can come from the intensive barley operation explained below.
As our rainfall gets less and more erratic, more of our rural farmers will turn to goats and sheep, which are currently farmed successfully by commercial and communal farmers in the driest of areas. We can make small-stock farming even more resilient by keeping smaller herds (we’ll switch to fish and veggies for our base diet) and by planting desert adapted fodder such as salt bush and cacti to help the herd over the very dry months.