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Finding All About Goats And Boer Goats For Whimsy And Income

By John Payne

Whether you are herding them and you just love goats for pets, or you are out to make money on them, they are great animals to have. Which ever you decide to do, you will need to know all about goats and boer goats.

Boer goats are meat goats. More and more of these are needed in the United States to feed America. Goat meat is not available everywhere, but it probably will be in the near future. It is rather healthy, after all. It has less grams of fat than chicken, and just as much protein as beef.

There are different groups of people around America and around the world who enjoy various ages and weights of goats in their ethnic meals. Asians like sixty to seventy pound, high quality ones. Greeks like their goat kids to be thirty or forty pounds. Italians want theirs to be twenty or twenty-five pounds, and Hispanics prefer milk fed goats that are fifteen to twenty pounds. The Jewish prefer high quality newly weened, milk fed goats that are twenty to forty pounds. And Muslim like their goats to be less than a year old. West Africans like lower quality, older goats for their meals.

If you like goat milk, you are not alone. It is more expensive that the cow milk that most people buy, but it is popular, as well. Some does, or female goats, give milk for three hundred days.

Goat cheese is also a favorite among cheese connoisseurs. It can be spoonable, or silky. It also comes in a form of a light brie, or firm and ripened, like a cheddar.

Some people herd goats for their mohair and cashmere. Cashmere clothes are very expensive if you price them in the department stores. The goat hair for this is desirable, as it holds the dyes well. It is also very strong, yet it is soft and very lustrous. Some of the original teddy bears were made of elastic mohair. And there are many dolls that have hair made of natural mohair.

Goats can also be great pets. If they are somewhat trained in the beginning, they will be easier to handle later. They will get to be very large and strong, so it would behoove you to let them know who is the boss while they are young and small. If they become stubborn, they might try to charge at you with their horns. It may look cute, but their horns are hard and can hurt you. So, it is best if you become friends with your goat when he or she is small. You can have their horns removed, but they do like using them to scratch themselves when they have an itch.

Goats need to be in a grassy area, or on soil with hay available. They also like oats and apples, and you might try some other fruits and vegetables, too. They do not eat everything, though, like most people think. And if you drop their food, they will not go near it. They like an occasional salt lick, sometimes berry flavored, and a piece of pear or apple is a great snack, too. Be sure they always have fresh water, and they also need a place to hide from the sun, like a shed or a barn. When you learn all about goats and boer goats, you will get to love them more and more.

Get loads of information and details about many varieties of goats today! When you want to get the best all-round goat for fun and profit, the Boer Goat can meet all of your needs and makes a wonderful addition to any home!

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