Facts about goats
Goats are browsers rather than grazers: They prefer to eat from trees and bushes instead of grass. It’s what makes them such good weed-whackers.
More people throughout the world raise goats for meat and milk than they do cows.
A goat’s stomach has four compartments: the rumen, reticulum, omasum, and abomasum. All this digestion, including chewing a cud, allows them to thrive on woody roughage.
Contrary to popular imagination, goats are fussy about their food — they don’t eat tin cans or inanimate objects.
Goat milk is naturally homogenized.
Goats hate bitter-tasting plants but will eat plants that are toxic for them, such as mountain laurel, rhododendron and Japanese yew, because they taste good.
Goats are among the earliest domesticated animals on the planet.
Goats have distinctive personalities.
They’re mischievous and love to play king-of-the-hill.
Cashmere and mohair yarns are from goats.
SOURCES: The Goat Girls; Dr. George Saperstein, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University