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  • Fainting Goat Lovers
    Tennessee Fainting Goats are also known as Myotonic Goats, Tennessee Mountain Ghosts, Fainters, Stiff-legs, and Wooden Legs.

  • I Love Goats Community
    This community is for all goat lovers. People who are owned by, completely spoil, and absolutely love, their goats.

  • Miniature Silky Fainting Goat Community
    Mini Silky Breeders

  • What Do You Know About Goats?

    Goats are related to sheep and there are approximately 16 different recognized breeds of goat that are commonly known; Pygmy, Angora, British Toggenburg, Golden Guernsey, Boer, Bagot, Anglo Nubian, Alpine, Saanen, British Guernsey, British Alpine, British Saanen, Cashmere, Harness, English and Toggenburg. They are a domesticated breed and are often kept as pets as well as livestock, mostly on farms. When they are kept as pets they are often housed in their owners back gardens.

    Each breed has different identifying features and colours. The main difference between each breed is the quality of the milk that they produce which is turned into different types of cheese and yoghurt as well as being used just as milk. 

    A goat’s feed should always be cared for as much as the goats themselves. The food should be stored where it is protected from vermin, damp and be kept hygienic at all times. It has to be evenly distributed between the herd and be available to them a slight challenge, which helps them to keep agile. A goat’s diet consists of hay, cereal grains, green food, proteins, minerals and vitamins, and plenty of water to drink at all times.

    Goats should also be put out to graze just like cows need to. A goats grazing area should be carefully considered for dangers before you allow them free roam. Suitable fences should be put up to help contain the goats within a safe designated area. The grazing pastures should be rotated often as poor feeding grounds can lead to illness and poor milking yield. All shrubs, bushes and trees within the grazing area should be checked to make sure that they are not poisonous or harmful to the goats. The most well know of these are the yew tree, laurel bush, bracken and the rhododendron. Expert advice from a recommended source should be used when surveying your land to check for these problematic areas.

    Fencing should be strong and high as goats have a tendency to jump and climb. A height of 1.2m should be sufficient for any breed of goat. In the outer grazing areas an electric fence is also advisable when keeping goats as well as other farm animals.

    Goats can also be used as a source of meat, their skin is perfect for making leather and the long haired breeds are prized for their coats which are used as wool. The Angora and the Cashmere breed are among the higher prized goats that bring the most money for their wool.

    The distinct differences between goats are often split into three types; hair, horns and ears. Hair, which we have covered above in one aspect, is put into the categories of long haired, short haired, curly hair, silk and coarse. Horns can be corkscrew or straight, some breeds do not have horns at all.  A goats ears can be large or small, droopy or erect which always depends on the area that they traditionally come from which shows their evolution and adaptation to their surroundings.


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