The Benefits of Raising Goats

 Why raise goats ? What's so great about them? For small farmers, hobby farmers, and homesteaders, goats can be an excellent choice of species. They are good for milk, meat, fiber and more.

The Benefits of Raising Goats

Common benefits

So what are some of the benefits of keeping goats?

Raise your own meat 

Raising goats for meat can be a great thing to do for your own family, to support your own food needs, but it can also be a profitable small farming business, if thought through carefully and with an eye on the location. where you will market it.

Produce milk 

Dairy goats give large amounts of milk, usually more than a family can use. You can make goat cheese, goat yogurt, and all the other dairy products you can dream up (goat kefir?). If you're a small-scale farmer, goats can help you achieve your goal of producing value-added products like cheese and yogurt, or simply selling fresh goat's milk. There is a good market for it with people who cannot tolerate cow's milk products.

Produce soap 

Goat's milk is a wonderful, mild, gentle soap that is often used by people with sensitive skin.

Produce fiber 

Goats can be used for fiber as well as milk and meat. They are so versatile. Angora and Pygora goats produce mohair, while cashmere goats produce cashmere. Again, you can take raw goat fiber and turn it into yarn and knit, weave or crochet it into a number of value-added products.

Open ground 

 Goats are great browsers and they love to eat weeds and ripe blackberries. Graze them on anything you want to clean up and let them act like live pigs.

Use them as pack animals 

 Goats can be trained to carry your gear on hikes and are particularly suited to steep and rocky trails. They can easily support 20-30% of their body weight and have minimal environmental impact. They can eat what they find while traveling along the trail, so you don't have to pack food for them. Goats can also learn to pull carts.

Use their droppings as fuel 

Many people around the world use goat dung to fuel fires. It may be there for most of us in the first world, but consider it, especially if you are a self-sufficient person.

Use their hide and hide 

Goat skins can be dried and tanned like leather and used in many products, including goatskin gloves. Goat skins (whose hair is still intact) are traditionally used in Africa to make drum skins. Goatskin rugs can also be made.

Easy to train and handle 

Goats are social animals and easy to train. They are easy to handle, even by children. They are a good size compared to cows, and this size also makes them easier to handle.

They eat leftover food 

 In addition to being excellent navigators, goats can clean up all your food scraps, greatly reducing waste.

They are inexpensive to maintain 

 Goats are not only useful, they are also thrifty. Because they can graze and because they don't need too fancy shelter (just really good fencing), goats can be a very economical animal for the small farm.

They are versatile 

 Milk, meat , fiber, carrier bags and even fuel from their droppings? This animal really does it all.

They make manure 

 Okay, any animal does, but goat manure is great for fertilizing your fields. An average goat produces over a ton of manure each year and the droppings are in pellet form making them easy to handle. Goat manure is a good source of potassium, potash and nitrogen, and possibly other minerals as well.

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