Goat Identification

By: Elyzah Reyes

Facts

  • Goats were one of the first animals to be tamed by humans and were being herded 9,000 years ago.
  • There are over 210 breeds of goats with an estimated 450 million goats in the world.
  • Goats generally live 10 to 12 years. There have been cases of goats living up to 15 years.
  • The main products associated with goats are milk, cheese, meat, mohair, and cashmere.

Why is this important ?

It is important because people can enter goats to a farm show to sell them and produce milk and meat.

Goats milk and meat are used and sold all over the world.

The goat has always been a reliable source of protein for many cultures and notably for rural populations around the world. Goat meat is one of the most popular meats on the planet (mainly outside the US).

Why Should Buyers Care ?

Various goat breeds are used for milk, meat, wool, sacrifice, and pack animals.


Important Words!

weth·er (wr)

n.

A castrated ram.

doe (d)

n. pl. doe or does

1. The female of a deer or related animal.

2. The female of various mammals, such as the hare, goat, or kangaroo.


cap·rine (kprn)

adj.

Of, relating to, or characteristic of a goat.



What Exactly Should Be Done ?

You also need a solid three sided shelter, so your goats can escape the wind, rain, snow, and sun.

You should bed the shelter with straw, or wood chips.

You then need a water trough, filled with clean water for the goats to have access to 24/7.

You then need salt and mineral blocks. Make sure you provide iodized salt. You may also need to provide a selenium block, depending on where you live. Goats also have high copper needs. Make sure you provide a mineral bloc


Where To Get More Information?

Google.com

Ask.com

WikiAnswers.com

Or ask an agriculture teacher about this specifc animal or a farm show host.

More Information.

  1. Domesticated goats are sometimes kept as pets - similar to a dog or cat.
  2. Goats are very curious - if you do something they see as strange, they will stare at you until they figure out why you're doing it.
  3. Like humans, goats can have accents.
  4. If a goat is raised by humans, they often have great loyalty and fondness for their owner.
  5. The thickness of an Angora goat's hair increases with their age
  6. Goat horns never stop growing.


Vocab & Definition

(bē'zôr', -zōr')
n.
A hard indigestible mass of material, such as hair, vegetable fibers, or fruits, found in the stomachs or intestines of animals, especially ruminants, and humans. It was formerly considered to be an antidote to poisons and to possess magic properties.


mo·hair

[moh-hair]

noun

1.

the coat or fleece of an Angora goat.


wat·tle

[wot-l] Show IPA

noun

1.

Often, wattles. a number of rods or stakes interwoven with twigs or tree branches for makingfences, walls, etc



ge·net·ics

[juh-net-iks] Show IPA

noun ( used with a singular verb )

1.

Biology . the science of heredity, dealing with resemblances and differences of related organismsresulting from the interaction of their genes and the environment.