Raising Goats
for Pets and Food

Successfully raising goats does require some knowledge of the different goat breeds and proper goat feed.

Raising goats as pets may be a consideration for certain breeds and some can even provide you milk.

Learning the art to milking goats will give you the ability to have fresh raw goat milk as well as being able to make fresh goat cheese.

Proper goat feed plays an important role in keeping your goats healthy as well as improving the quality of its milk or meat.

And there are goat breeds that are better suited for goats as pets.  And goat breeds that are better suited for dairy, meat, or fiber.

How to Raise Goats

Get some great information on how to raise goats particularly on raising diary goats.

Learn about goat gestation and tips on milking your goat after she has had her baby.

And basic care tips on raising goats.

Milking Goats

Milking goats enables you to have fresh milk as well as gives you the ability to make your own yogurt, goat cheese, butter, and soap.

Most of the world's people consume goat milk rather than cow's milk.

Goat milk is higher in calcium and goat milk is naturally homogenized compared to cow's milk.

Also, raising goats requires a lot less space and is relatively inexpensive compared to raising cows.

How to Milk a Goat

Get some tips and advice on how to milk a goat.  It's really much easier than milking a cow!

Goat Feed

When an adequate amount of browse and forage is not available - supplemental goat feed becomes necessary for goat breeders with a limited amount of land for raising goats.

Goats can best be described as a ruminant and are mixed feeders.

Goats eat much more like deer who are browsers.  Goats are also much more flexible in their eating habits than cows or even sheep.

Their ability to browse and to be flexible with the consumption of numerous plants enables goats to survive in many different types of environments.

What do Goats Eat?

Find out what do goats eat or more specifically what they should eat. This may surprise some people as goats have a reputation of eating just about anything.

Goats are also used to clear unwanted plants such as ivy, nettles, thistles, and morning glories.

Great Reasons for Raising Goats

Goat Breeds

Goats are basically classified into a few different categories. What category a goat falls into will depend on whether the goat is mainly used for dairy, meat, fiber, goatskin, or as pets.  And there are hundreds of goat breeds found throughout the world.

There are goat breeds that are considered dual-purpose or multi-purpose goats and can be used for meat as well as dairy as an example.

And certain breeds can even make great pets for your family and provide your family with fresh milk to drink.

Popular Types of Goats

Learn about the different types of goats that are also some of the most popular breeds for raising dairy goats.

You may be surprised that lustrous fibers known as mohair as well as cashmere comes from goats.

Goats as Pets

This is my sister-in-law with a couple of her goats as pets - she actually has 3 does.

A goat can make a great pet! 

Goats in general are easy to handle and respond well to human attention - some breeds better than others.

Some people like Pygmy goats as pets because they are easy to raise and handle, but not so good for milking.

However, a Nigerian Dwarf is small yet able to supply a good deal of creamy milk - up to 2 quarts per day.

A goat can respond to a name you give it. However, having a goat indoors would probably not be the best place to keep your goat.

A goat has to use the bathroom more often than a cat or dog.  And they may also break some of your valuables by knocking them down or jumping on them.

Females and castrated males (called wethers) are preferred for goats as pets. 

Unless, you are interested in breeding goats or in goat milk.

Male bucks have an offensive odor during mating season.

And Pygmy goats have smaller teats and smaller udders compared to a Nigerian Dwarf.

Goat Housing

Get the basics on goat housing and goat fencing to ensure that your goat's basic needs are met to keep them secure.

Make sure you are zoned for raising goats as pets before you invest in one.

Since a goat is a herd animal, having at least two goats would probably be best for the animal.

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