DID YOU KNOW?
Goats are very intelligent and curious animals. Each goat will have its' own personality. Even from birth, you can see the variety in kids personalities.
Goats make great pets, they are used for companionship and also for their landscaping capabilities.
A goat has 32 teeth, but not where you would think. Eight incisors are on the lower front jaw, while the upper front jaw has a hard dental pad and no teeth. Six molars are on each side of both back jaws.
This is due to the role of their rumen. The rumen, which in a mature goat holds four to five gallons of plant material, breaks down cellulose and acts as a fermentation vat. Of course, fermentation produces gas, and this gas escapes in the form of loud, healthy burps. Our goats can frequently be heard burping in the barn.
Goats were one of the first domesticated animals. They were first domesticated around 9,000 years ago.
LONG LIVE THE GOAT
Goats have a life expectancy range from 12-15 years. With the right care, goats can age into their 20's.
They do have other uses too. Goats' milk and goats' fleece is highly sourced throughout the world. Having a goat that you can milk, lets you make all sorts of things, from cheese, yogurt, ice-cream, candy, milkshakes, and simply drinking the milk. Then of course there is Goat soap and moisturisers, the list goes on.
DON'T LIKE RAIN
At the first drop of rain, the herd comes running, straight into their pens/ shelter. You will never see a goat standing out in the rain. They absolutely hate it! This is why goats need a waterproof shelter in each paddock they have access to. They will also seek shelter in the heat or windy weather.
Goats have four “stomachs.” Their food moves first into the rumen (from which it is periodically regurgitated for more “cud chewing”), then to the reticulum, later to the omasum, and finally to the abomasum, which is most like a more sensitive human stomach.
It takes 11 to 15 hours for food to pass through a goat's digestive system.
OLE' SQUARE EYES
Goats have rectangular pupils. This shape has a purpose. It allows for excellent peripheral depth perception – exactly what a hoofed prey animal needs, to watch out for predators and make a quick escape. The goats can see about 320 to 340 degrees around them. Unlike horses, they don’t have a blind spot in the front. They have good night vision, too.
Goats can start becoming fertile as young as 8 weeks. This is why bucklings and bucks are separated from any does or doelings as soon as possible. They can then rejoin the herd as wethers or when it's baby making season.
Goats are herd animals.
What this means is that in order for them to be truly “happy”, they need a goat friend. In fact, they feel completely insecure as a singleton, so you don't get “a goat”; you get “goats” — as in two or more.