Some General Facts:
- Goats were domesticated about 9,000 years ago.
- There are around 450 million goats on the planet. Mostly in Africa & the Middle East.
- Goats are ruminants, like cows and sheep.
- Contrary to popular belief, goats do not eat everything!
- Goats have horizontal slit shaped pupils, which increases peripheral depth perception.
- Both male and female goats have beards and many breeds also have toggles, one on each side of the neck.
- All goats have two horns.
- Goats live on average 15-18 years.
- The world’s oldest goat ‘McGinty’ died at the age of 22½.
- The Angora goat produces mohair. (Angora wool comes from Angora rabbits).
- Goats usually give birth to twins, but up to sextuplets are known.
- The gestation period of a goat is 150 days.
- Although they can look similar, goats can be distinguished from sheep by the fact that goats tails point up whilst sheep tails point down.
Some Milk Facts:
- Goats produce 2% of the worlds milk supply.
- Goats milk has smaller fat globules than cows milk making it easier to digest.
- Properly produced goats milk tastes very similar to cows milk.
- A goat called William Windsor was a lance corporal in the 1st battalion, the Royal Welsh from 2001- 2009, except for 3 months when he was demoted to fusilier for inappropriate behaviour during the Queens Official Birthday celebrations.
Common Breeds of Goat:
Billy: Male Goat (or if you are posh Buck)
Nanny: Female Goat (or if you are posh Doe)
Kid: Young goat under 1 year of age. Weaned at 5 months.
Herd/Tribe: Group of goats.