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Goats

Facts:
  • Female goats are called does or nannies. Intact males are called bucks or billies. Castrated male goats are called wethers. Baby goats are called kids.
  • Gestation length is about 150 days (a little less than 5 months).
  • Birthing is known as kidding.
  • Twin births are most common followed by single birth and triplets.
  • Freshening is when a female goat starts producing milk.
  • Goats live between 15 and 18 years.
  • Goats are considered small livestock animals.
  • Goats come in many different sizes depending on the breed. African Pygmy does weigh about 40 pounds while a Boer buck can weigh up to 300 pounds.
  • Most goats have two horns but some have up to eight horns.
  • Both male and female goats can grow a beard.
  • Goat horns are made of living bone.
  • Goat’s eyes have horizontal slit shaped pupils. Their pupils allow them to see in dim light and enhance their view of objects directly in front of them.
  • Goats don’t have upper front teeth. They use their lower teeth and tongue to “bite.”
  • Goats are ruminants, meaning they have four chambers in their stomach called the rumen, reticulum, omasum and abomasum.
  • Goats can be used for milk, manure, fiber, meat and their hides.
  • Goats produce 2% of the world’s total annual milk supply.
  • Dairy goats in their prime average 6 to 8 lbs of milk production per day.
  • Goat milk is commonly processed into cheese, butter, ice cream and yogurt.
  • There are approximately 360,000 dairy goats found in the United States.
  • Wisconsin has the largest number of dairy goats in the United States, followed by California.
  • The premier meat producing goat is a Boer. Other meat goats are Kiko, Nubian, Pygmy and Spanish.
  • Goat meat is called either Cabrito or Chevron,
  • Goat meat is generally leaner than other red meats and less tender.
  • Goat meat is a healthy alternative to other red meats. It has comparable protein content, less fat and calories, and more iron.
  • It estimated that 75% of the world’s population eats goat meat.
We currently have Boer, Pygmy, Angora, Alpine and Nigerian Dwarf goats.

Our Goats:
Lily, Ginger, & Tulip (Nigerian Dwarf)


Half Pint (Angora)
Coco, Luna, Lola (Boer)