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Top 10 favorite goat facts (with gifs)

New this month from author Gianaclis Caldwell, Holistic Goat Care is the essential resource on caring for your herd.

Goats have provided humankind with essential products for centuries; indeed, they bear the noble distinction of being the first domesticated farm animal. From providing milk and meat for sustenance and fiber and hides for clothing and shelter to carrying packs and clearing brush, there isn’t much that goats cannot do. Managing goats successfully requires an understanding of how nature designed them to thrive, including nutritional and psychological needs, as well as how to identify a problem and intercede before it’s too late.

Holistic Goat Care will empower even novice goat owners to confidently diagnose and treat most of the ailments that goats might experience. Whether your herd is two or two hundred, this first-of-its-kind, comprehensive book will help you keep your goats healthy, safe, and productive and give you a deep and enjoyable insight into the wondrous creature that is the goat.


To whet your appetite for goat… we’ve assembled our top 10 favorite goat facts (and gifs). Let’s go!

1. People and goats go wa-a-a-y back. Humans first domesticated goats over 100 centuries ago.

Though skateboards weren’t invented till the late 1940s, so skateboarding goats can only possibly go back that far.

2. The average life span of a working buck is 10 years.

That’s nothing to wag your tongue at!

3. There are at least 81 different breeds of domestic goats across the globe.

Some better mannered than others…

4. Kids are ready to stand, walk, and even run within hours after being born.

And shortly after that are pajama-ready.

5. Goats can be very effective for controlling problem weeds and invasive plants. Goats have a hearty appetite for poison ivy, kudzu, and multiflora rose—all of which are nutritious for them, too!

(BBQ chips are less nutritious and should be avoided.)

6. Goats use their horns to scratch and joust with each other, but the horns also serve as “radiators” that help them keep cool in the summer heat. For this reason, working pack goats usually have horns.

7. When outdoor temperatures are mild, an adult goat will drink about 1½ gallons of water per day. When temperatures shoot up to 90°F, the same goat would need 3 ½ gallons a day.

8. Goats “run hot” compared to humans. Normal body temperature for a goat is between 102 and 104°F.

Especially after a vigorous trampoline session.

9. Kids run fast—in terms of heartbeat that is! Normal heart rate for a kid is 140 to 200 beats per minute.

10. In goats, pregnancy lasts about 5 months, and triplets are common. Even quadruplets and quintuplet births aren’t that unusual. They are called litters for a good reason!

Bonus Goat Fact!

11. Goats can bond for life with their mothers, herdmates, and siblings—and even with human caretakers.


Learn more about Holistic Goat Care and preorder your copy.

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