• Drunk_by_Noon

    Why do people keep goats in this country?
    We eat them less than we do sheep, and we don’t eat many of them anymore either.

    • They’re multicultural!

    • Bataviawillem

      Goat cheese?

    • Dana Garcia

      Goat milk. It’s tasty and makes swell cheese.

      Also baby goats are snuggly and will curl up on your lap like a puppy or kitten.

    • Exile1981

      Goats depending on the breed can have significantly less lactose in their milk than dairy cows; for those on a lactose free/reduced plan this can make it an option. Also I have a friend who is allergic cow milk but can drink goat milk.

      Goat cheeses are fairly spectacular. I’ve found that some goat hard cheeses are particularly good though the vast majority of goat cheese produced in North America are the softer varieties.

      They can eat anything and in the area where Kudzos (the vine) is a serious problem herds of goats have been used to keep it in check for a fraction of the cost of traditional mechanical methods or even chemical methods. As an added bonus the droppings of the goats revitalize the soil while removing the vines.

      Goat manure is less harsh than cow or pig manure and can be added to your garden for fertilizing with out having to worry about burning the plants like you do with cow or pig manure…. of course rabbit manure is the best kind.

      • ntt1

        you are right about the rabbit manure, we laid a couple of inches under our strawberry plants and were rewarded with California export size strawberrys with really intense flavour.

        • Exile1981

          We used bunny pellets mixed with worm castings and put it under our raspberry bushes last spring as a test on the smaller, way less productive patch. It produced way more berries than the other patch which is normally the better producer. I’ll definitely be doing that again this year as well as on my beans.

          • ntt1

            the trick seems to be to get the mixture under the root zone, this stirs up all the soil and is probably part of the effect.

      • Problem with using goats to combat kudzu vines is that other critters, most notably coyotes, eat the goats. That’s why there’s such an occupation as shepherd/goatherd and why sheepdogs were bred into existence.

        Feta cheese…yumm!

        • Exile1981

          The cost of the sheppard or sheep dog or Llama are all cheaper than a crew with chainsaws and heavy equipment.

      • Drunk_by_Noon

        You aren’t a representative of the goat headers association, are you?
        Because your post alone makes me want to go out and get a goat!
        😉

        • Exile1981

          Nope I just like cheese, though I thought about getting one a few years ago to help tame the weeds when I bought my property.

    • Martin B

      Goat Squad to the rescue! They’re very handy when it comes to chomping invasive plants:

      http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-30583512

  • David Murrell

    Could someone explain to me the link between the U.S. goat population and Islamic terrorism? I give up.

    btw: My wife and I visit this fresh vegetable market outside of Fredericton. They keep live goats and sheep, as s sort of petting zoo for kids. I find goats and sheep fun to be around.

  • Rosenmops

    Anyone with a goat needs a guard dog.

    • Frau Katze

      Cute.

    • Dana Garcia

      Animal friendships of the odd couple kind are fascinating. PBS had a Nature program on the subject that affirms friends can be trans-species, which of course pet owners already know.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ygrN91hl1U

    • Awww!

    • disqus_W6sfZCiOd8

      It would make an ideal desktop background.

  • Best laugh of the day so far. And true to boot.

  • mobuyus

    Please, please I implore you do not let this map fall into the wrong hands.

  • simus1

    If you want Africa to become the Garden of Eden, shoot all of the goats, most of the “cattle”, and privatize the land.

  • Tom Forsythe

    I was expecting a higher concentration in Michigan.

  • disqus_W6sfZCiOd8

    Jeepers! I hadn’t realized Texas had so many goats.