What month is a Goat's favorite?
Answer:May. (Get it maaay, goats always say maaay. Ok the joke maybe corny but goats aren't.
What is a Goat?
A hardy domesticated ruminant mammal that has backward-curving horns and (in the male) a beard. It is kept for its milk and meat, and noted for its lively behavior. Many farms across the world raise goats for milk and meat. Goats need the same amount of care an attention as any other farm animal.
Lifespan: 15 – 18 years
Gestation period: 150 days
Scientific name: Capra aegagrus hircus
Mass: 20 – 140 kg (Adult)
Height: 41 – 58 cm (Adult, At Shoulder)
Did you know:
Did You Know?
Goat is social animal that likes to spend time with other goats.
An intact adult male goat is called a buck. A castrated malegoat is called a wether. An adult female goat is called a doe. ... The terms "Nanny" (female) and "Billy" (male) to differentiate the sexes are in general disfavor in "official" goatcircles.
Your goats need the majority of their diet to be natural roughage from shrubs, woody plants, hay, tree bark, and more. The roughage they eat will most likely not provide them with all of the nutrients they need to maintain perfect health. It is probably going to be necessary for you to supplement their diet with a coarse grain like goat feed, corn, or another good grain product. Always have plenty of fresh water available for your goat. Their water intake will depend on natural factors such as climate and water content of their dietary intake.
Be careful feeding your goat too much corn. Giving your goats a diet that is almost all grain will make them develop kidney problems that is sometimes fatal. They may also develop a bloated stomach or become too fat. A goat must have a balanced diet that contains between 75% and 80% of their dietary intake from natural roughage providing plants. But don't just go let your goats out to mow down any plant and shrub insight. There are certain plants that will make your goat ill once eaten. See the list below.
- Mesquite Pods
- Wild cherry
- Black walnut
- Sheep laurel and Mountain Laurel
- Ponderosa Pine
You can't just leave your goats out to face the ever changing climate which can be quite harsh at times. You must create a goat shed for your animals. Shed needs to be created to keep humidity from falling on them, block out the harmful sun and of course shelter them from the rain and snow. One of the other factors your need to look at when creating a goat shed is it's capability to block out natural predators such as foxes, wolves, cougars etc. For cold winter season, thick layer of hays can be placed inside the shed to provide some warmth for the goat. Always ensure that even though you are blocking out predators, that your goat shed has plenty of ventilation.
You need to install fences that the animal cannot squeeze through and cannot lift up to go under. Goats are notorious for sticking their heads through the fence and often getting their horns hung up in the fence.
You need strong fences with secure gates to contain these animals. They will often push against the fence like they are scratching their sides on the fence so having your fencing material properly secured to the fence-posts is very important.
Grooming goats is part of the natural care of raising these farm animals. The hooves of your goats may need trimming from time to time since the animal is not inside its natural habitat which would have allowed nature to handle this aspect. You will need to learn to trim the hooves of your goats. Some owners place rocks or concrete blocks in the pen with the animal to help them naturally maintain their hooves, but from time to time you need to inspect their hooves and trim off the excess.
You should check your goat's hooves once a week to see how fast they are growing. Each goat's hooves will grow at different rates depending on breed, diet, exercise and living conditions. I would say every 2 to 4 weeks is average for hoof trimming. But be careful, Don't get in a hurry and take big cuts, because that will cause the hoof to bleed. Stop trimming when the sole appears pinkish and all hoof rot has been removed. Goats hoofs are trimmed because over grown hooves can lead to illness.
Like any other mammal. Goats are prone to sickness and diseases as well. The best way to determine if you have a sick animal is to pay attention to their normal behaviors. Then when one of the animals begins to act differently from what they normally do you will be quick to notice the difference.
Some signs of illness in goats are:
• When they do not chew their cud
• When they refuse to get up
• When they are not eating like they normally do
• When their poop is solid or liquid instead of in pellets like it should be
• Walk and cry more than normal
• They stop drinking
• They begin to grind their teeth
• They have a limp
• They are staggering
• Their udders are hot to the touch
• They are coughing
• Their eyelids or gums are ale in color
• They have a runny nose
Goats can be fun animals to be around. Most have some truly unique personalities which can provide you with entertainment for hours. They are natures natural lawn mowers as they constantly graze and helps keeps the property free of over grown grass and shrubs. If you re considering getting goats as pets, milk producers, or to help maintain property? Caring for your new animals will be one of the most important things you do.