Goats bring happiness to the homestead, and most people know little about them. Goats can be raised for meat, milk or companionship. Before you go to the market and get yourself a goat, think of the reasons you want to keep one or even a flock of them. Would you want to have them for milk, for meat, or do you want them for companionship and entertainment? The decision you make enables you to make the right choice of the type of goat to keep.
Goats require a lot of commitment. You have to feed them, take care of their health and also make sure they are happy all the time. The other critical information on keeping goats is the amount of space you need. The area should be big where they will browse, range and get enough exercise. Make sure they have a shelter where they can rest and shelter from the rain. You must also know that goats are smart creatures and don’t like to be in a closed place. If given a slight chance, they will break from their enclosure and explore your neighborhood. Make sure your fence is tight and secure, made explicitly for goats.
The most important benefit of a goat in your homestead is the production of milk. Goat’s milk is surprisingly creamy, sweet and easily digested as compared to cow milk, making it perfect for a family with kids. Some goat breeds produce a gallon of milk per day or more perfect for a small family in the homestead.
Meat production is another added advantage of raising goats in your homestead. Traditionally, goat meat is recognized as a good alternative for red meat.
Goats can be valuable for clearing land. Goats are considered to be browsers and not grazers as compared to cows. Most of the times goats are picky about what they eat; hence their tastes will allow them to eat and in the process clear land.
They are companion animals. You can enjoy your goats as pets. They are friendly, funny and most exciting animals to have.
Goats do not give as much milk as cows can give due to their size. If you have a big family, it will force you to have more goats to increase the volume of milk that you would have gotten from one cow.
You must have a secure housing, pen or more room because goats are very smart. Sometimes it can prove a significant task in keeping them where you want them to be as they will jump, climb, or even sneak out from where you hold them to the other side of the fence to explore the other side of the wall.
Keeping male goats can be troublesome. They are always ornery, and most people don’t keep them on their farms or homesteads, they will only rent them when needed, making it an added cost.
Will you have goats as the next pets in your homestead? Let us know!