The Great Debate…To Goat or Not to Goat

Dogs, cats and hamsters are the leading pets in American households; however one type of pet is increasing in popularity. Goats have many practical advantages over cats and dogs and are among the friendliest type of farm animal.

Goats, like sheep, produce milk. However, unlike sheep they are people friendly and enjoy the attention from their human companions. Often times goats will come up to you, usually wanting a treat, but they will be goatsjust as happy with a good petting.

Goats milk is not only tastier, sweeter and richer than cow milk, but also healthier. Though it does have more fat than cow milk, the fats in it contain more omega-3 fatty acids, which help prevent blood clotting, reduces inflammation, and helps prevent cancer cell growth. In other words, the “good fats”. In addition to these advantages, people who are lactose intolerant can often tolerate goat milk. Though goat milk only has about 10% less lactose than cow milk, it is enough to make a difference for a lot of lactose intolerant people. This means that those people can get the benefits and nutrients of cow milk, with added benefits of goat milk.

Goats can also make money. A single goat will produce 15 gallons of milk a month that could be sold to friends and family. In order to sell milk, you do have to pasteurize it, and you will have to have the processing area inspected at least once a year. You can also own a fiber goat. Goat fiber is very popular, though many people don’t realize that they have goat fiber clothing. There are two main kinds of goat fiber. Mohair, which only angora goats produce, and cashmere, which all goats produce. Cashmere, the more common of the two, is a soft under layer of fur for winter that comes off in the spring.

Goats are cute, friendly, and practical making it one of the  fastest growing pets of the farm animal variety.



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