Successfully raising goats does require some knowledge especially on the different types of goat breeds and the proper way to feed a goat. Raising goats as pets may be a consideration for certain breeds and some of these breeds will also provide you with incredible milk to drink or to turn into cheese.
Of course, you will have to learn how to properly milk a goat which will vary from goat breed to individual goat. Some goats are much easier to milk than others because of their temperament and size of their teats.
From my own personal experience of visiting different farms with goats, proper goat feed and care plays a very important role in keeping your goats healthy as well as improving the quality of their milk.
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. Did you know that feta cheese is usually made from goat 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 less expensive compared to raising cows.
Goats eat much more like deer which 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.
Goats are best described as a small ruminant that likes to forage for its food. Goats can be used to clear unwanted plants such as ivy, nettles, thistles, and morning glories from your land or property.
However, when an adequate amount of forage or land is not available, supplemental goat feed becomes necessary. And there is much controversy over what's the best type of supplemental feed for raising goats.
And there are hundreds of goat breeds found throughout the world.
You may be surprised that lustrous fibers known as mohair as well as cashmere come from goats.
However, if you're looking for the best dairy goat, you will want to find out which ones will produce a lot of milk.
There are goat breeds that are considered dual-purpose or
multi-purpose goats. And these goats will be used for meat as well as dairy. Also, certain breeds can make great pets for your family and also provide you with really great tasting milk.
This is my sister-in-law with a couple of her goats as pets - she actually has 3 Nigerian 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.
A goat can respond to a name you give it. However, keeping a goat indoors would probably not be the best place to house your goat.
Some people like pygmy goats as pets because they are easy to raise and handle, but not so good for milking.
Pygmy goats will have smaller teats and smaller udders compared to Nigerian dwarfs - which can be a problem when trying to milk.
A Nigerian dwarf is reasonable in size and able to supply a good amount of creamy milk - up to 2 quarts per day.
Females (called does) and castrated males (called wethers) are preferred for goats as pets. Unless, you are interested in breeding goats. Just be aware that male bucks may have an offensive odor during mating season.
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 your pet goat.