Friday, January 24, 2014

Goat Facts with Cowboy Marvin







The proper name for a group of goats is a trip.  









Baby goats are kids.











Males are called bucks, females are called does.
A domestic male is sometimes called a billy; a female, a nanny or in my case, Cowboy Marvin.




Goats are great swimmers, if a goat is silly enough to go into the water.  
I wouldn't, a according to Ms. Hulsman dangerous critters with sharp teeth lurk there.









If bottled raised, goats will become bonded to their caregivers.











Goats discovered coffee beans.










Goats don't eat tin cans.
They are browsers not grazers and are are extremely picky about what they eat.





Goats have rectangular eyes - this allows them to see very well in the dark.




        

Goats use straw to scratch their backs.









Cashmere comes from the undercoat of the Asian Kashmiri goat, with the average annual yield per animal being less than one pound.







Mohair comes from the Turkish Angora goat. 






Most mohair now comes from Angora fleece raised in the U.S., with the average annual yield per animal being four pounds.



Goats are great as stock animals and are easier on the trail than other pack/stock animals.
Properly conditioned, a goat can carry up to 25%-30% of its body weight.







And, of course, 
goats are 
awesome interviewers!








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