Goats

The domestic goat (Capra aegagrus hircus) is a subspecies of goat domesticated from the wild goat of southwest Asia and Eastern Europe. There are over three hundred distinct breeds of goat.The goat is closely related to the sheep as both are in the goat-antelope subfamily Caprinae.

Goats are one of the oldest domesticated species. Goats have been used for their milk, meat, hair, and skins over much of the world. In the twentieth century they also gained in popularity as pets.

Female goats are referred to as does or nannies, intact males as bucks or billies; their offspring are kids. Castrated males are wethers.  Goat meat from younger animals is called kid or cabrito, and from older animals is sometimes called chevon, or in some areas “mutton”.

INFORMATION ON GOAT FARMING IN INFORMED FARMERS

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The History of Goats

Goats Today

Dairy Goats

New Zealand Goats

Establishing a Goat Farm

Goat Business Planning

Goat Fibre Production

Goat Meat Production

Goat Pastures

Goat Genetics

Goat Breeding

Goat Animal Health

Goat Management