There are about 450 million goats in the world including ones that
escaped into the wild. Goats live worldwide in warm and
temperate countries. Scientists think that today's goats came
from the wild goat or bezoars. Three-fourths of all goats
are found in Africa or Asia. They are also in Europe,
North America, Australia, and New Zealand. There is one kind of goat
but 210 different breeds of them.
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male goat is called a Billy or ram. A female goat is called a
nanny or doe. A young goat is called a kid until it is a year
Goats can be raised just
about anywhere because they eat just about anything. They have
tough lips and can even eat thorny things. They usually like
vegetables of any kind. Goats are like cows because they have
a couple of stomachs that help when they try to digest
some of the stuff that they eat.
visited a goat farm. While we visited, they were burning the
new horns from baby goats. We felt very sad about this, but
farmers do it because they will hurt each other with the horns if
they keep them. It wasn't pretty, though.
Goats are pregnant about five months and have between one and three
kids. A ram is between 27 and 275 pounds and nanny goats are
between 22 and 220 pounds. They can be between 16 and 40
inches tall. Goats are usually white, beige, brown, or
black. They usually live around eleven years. Goats are
usually kept in dry places.
Goat's milk isn't the big industry that cow's
milk is. Goat's milk tastes good and is easier to digest
than cow's milk. This is good for people who have digestive
problems. Goat's milk makes good cheese but doesn't make very
Different kinds of goats are good for different
things. Anglo-Nubians give about 920 gallons of milk a
year. Some goats have fleecy hair that is even better than
sheep fleece. The Angora has white fleece that is long enough
to hang down in shiny curls. When this is sheared, or shaven
off, it can give about 11 pounds of fleece. Mohair is a silky
fiber that dyes well.
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