Basic Goat Care
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A goat is one of the most useful animals you can keep, not only are they easy to look after and feed, they produce lovely tasting milk to make cheese, butter and yogurt from and to drink of course. Unwanted kids are excellent as a source of meat for the house, the skins tan well and the fat is used to make soap, as well as all that you have a marvelous source of manure for the garden. The goat is also a lovable animal to have around!
On these pages we will look at some basic husbandry principles of goat keeping, breeding, housing, feeding and hoof trimming. Most the comments will apply specifically to dairy goats but fleece goats have the same needs and requirements
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A Dairy goat may be of four different breeds or a cross breed. The four dairy breeds are Saanen (white or cream with upright ears), Toggenburg (brown & white with upright ears), British Alpine (black & white with upright ears) and Anglo-Nubian, (multi-colours, roman nose and long pendulous ears), a cross breed may be any combination of these or a dairy goat crossed with a fleece goat. There are two experimental dairy breeds in Australia which are all brown and all black.
A doe is a female goat over two years of age, a buck is an adult male goat over two years old, a goatling is a doe over twelve months and under two years, a buckling is a male over twelve months and under two years and a kid is under twelve months old.
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