In response to the blog post on goat breeds I received a comment questioning the worth of goats. That is a fair question, after all they aren’t the most popular homestead animal. They look like a cross between Satan and a deer and they have a reputation for eating tin cans and escaping any pen (most of which is unfounded (I think!)).
Benefits of goats
*Meat. Goat meat is called Chevon, Caprito is meat from younger goats. I talk a little about the stigma with eating meat and why the year 1066 has disconnected us from the animals we eat.
*Milk/Cheese. Goat’s milk is closer to human milk than cow’s milk. Its a ton healthier as well. And if you’ve ever eaten Feta (and I theorize any cheese!) you’d better thank a goat.
*Clearing Land. Goats eat stuff that other animals won’t and can’t touch including poison ivy, wild rose and blackberries (if you consider them a weed!).
*Low Impact. Require little feed. Don’t compact land like cows do.
*Economic. Regardless of how you feel about goats, other people will readily buy them from you!