Goats

Goats are living beings with needs, wants and feelings just like you and I. They require time, money, love, understanding and commitment. Having goats in your life can be a wonderful experience and very rewarding, but only if you think through your decision very carefully before you adopt, and ensure you and your family understand and accept all that will be required of you as a responsible, loving goat owner.


Animal Care - Goat

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Goats can be taught their name and to come when called.

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Goats can live between 15-18 years.

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Baby goats are called “kids”.

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Baby goats (kids) are able to stand and walk within minutes of being born.

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Each baby goat (kid) has a unique scent and call, which its mother uses to recognise it.

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Goats can be picky eaters – they’ll only eat the best plants they can find!

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Goats are herbivores, this means they only eat plants.

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Goats can become depressed if they are kept on their own – they are very social animals!

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Goats are very good at climbing. When they live in the mountains they can climb up very steep cliffs.

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Goats have been known to climb to the top of very tall trees!

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Goats’ pupils are rectangular – not circular like yours.

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Goats have very good vision for seeing around them.

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Goats also have excellent night vision.

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Goats are “browsers”, which is the name given to herbivores who feeds on leaves, soft shoots, or fruits of high-growing, generally woody, plants such as shrubs. They are not “grazers” like sheep who feed on grass.

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Like sheep and cows, goats also have special four-chambered stomachs.

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Goats were one of the first animals to be domesticated for farming.

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The scientific name for a goat is an “ungulate”. This is a special name given to hooved mammals.

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Goats have accents! Goats from different regions have different sounding bleats.