Dairy goats are one of the most historical, versatile and efficient forms of livestock in the world! These goat images, (on right), come from Spencer's Farm located in Taft, Tennessee.
Discover goat breeds: Alpine, Nigerian Dwarf and Saanen. Learn basics of goat care and raising goats. Find goat supplies. See a fun goat video! Discover professional goat associations. Find goat facts and fun trivia.
Dairy goats are known for their milk production efficiencies. Their milk offers health benefits and value-added opportunities. Goat dairies operate on a much smaller scale, are less costly to operate and more efficient compared to dairy cow operations. They’re environmentally friendly.
Most owners will tell you that no animal is more cute and friendly! Some have goats as pets. Goats can have a sweet, lovable, personality. They enjoy the companionship of other goats and people. Have you seen this surfing Saanen goat? This owner loves his pet goat!
Baby goats can be very playful! The Alpine baby plays "Peek-a-Boo" while the Saanen baby goats play "King of the Hill".
GOATS MILK VERSATILITY
Goats milk offers natural vitamins A, B, C, D, E and K! Not only is it a delicious drink, it’s used in other ways. Goats milk is used in bath/body products, for healthful skin. Recent studies suggest it regenerates collagen under the skin, reducing the signs of aging. Fine lines and wrinkles begin to disappear. Hand soap experts confirm that goats milk is the key ingredient that makes the difference between a regular hand soap and a luxury item. Goats milk soap is available online or at your local stores. Make your own goats milk soap, at home, with a proven homemade soap recipe. Other products with goats milk are lotions, face creams, foot scrubs, etc…. CAUTION! Any product, with goats milk has the potential of rancidity. All goats milk products should be stored appropriately and used within six months of production date.
DAIRY GOAT ASSOCIATIONS
(USA and Canada)
American Dairy Goat Association
P.O. Box 865
Spindale, NC 28160
American Dairy Goat Association
161 W. Main St.
Springdale, NC 28160
Phone: (828) 286-3801
Fax: (828) 287-0476
Canadian Goat Society
2417 Holly Lane
Ottawa Ontario, Canada K1V0M7
Phone: (613) 731-9894
Fax: (613) 731-0704
MORE GOAT INFORMATION
Dairy Goat Workshop (Speakers Robert and Sydne Spencer)
In Praise of Dairy Goats (by Robert Spencer)
Do you have dairy goats for sale? Send us your details!
Sometimes Spencer’s Farm has goats for sale. Contact us for availability.
Do you have goat pictures to share? We’d love to hear your story!
The Goats, Music and More Festival is held annually in Lewisburg, TN. Here you’ll find lots of goats, goat shows, fun activities for kids and adults, handmade products, food and musical entertainment.
GOAT FACTS and FUN TRIVIA
- Goats can be trained to pull carts.
- There are over 300 breeds of goats.
- Most goats have horns. Some are hornless.
- Goats can be housebroken and trained to walk on a leash.
- Dairy goats can give 3 - 4 quarts of milk during a 305-day lactation.
- Goats were first domesticated in the Zagros Mountains of Iran approx. 10,000 years ago.
- Goats won't eat soiled food or drink contaminated water. They like to eat tips of woody shrubs or trees and broad-leaf plants.
- Goat milk is a major source of milk worldwide. Goat milk may be drunk by people who are allergic to cow milk, but it contains lactose, so it is not for the lactose intolerant.
- The major difference between cow milk and goat milk is goat milk has smaller fat globules than cow milk, which makes it naturally homogenized. Goat milk is more easily digested than cow milk.
OTHER GOATS - (Not classified as dairy)
Boer goats are good milkers but are, mostly, used for meat production or as show goats.
Fainting goats have various names: scare goats, Myotonic, stiff-legged, or nervous goats. When placed in extreme stress or fear their epinephrine and cortisol, (fight or flight hormones), causes increased muscle tension. When Myotonia, (stiffening of the muscles), sets in they may loose their balance and fall over. They may not, completely, loose their balance but their knees may buckle. They're mostly for meat production.
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