Saturday, September 06, 2008
blood typing in goats....
# The proper name for a group of goats is a trip.
# Goats are great swimmers.
# If bottled raised, goats will become bonded to their caregivers.
# Goats were domesticated around 7000 B.C.
# Domestic goats are found worldwide.
# There are six recognized dairy goat breeds in the United States:
Alpine, La Mancha, Oberhasli, Nubian, Saanen, Toggenburg.
# Each breed of dairy goat gives a different tasting milk. Oberhasli
goats give milk that tastes closest to cow's milk.
# Anything you make with cow's milk, you can make with goat's milk.
# Goat's discovered coffee beans.
# Goat milk has a higher butterfat content than cow's milk.
# Hearty seafarers, goats were kept by sailors for milk.
# Ancient Greeks used goat skins to make vellum and parchment.
# Goats are depicted in Paleolithic art.
# True wild goats are found throughout southern Asia.
# The Ibex (another wild goat species) populates Europe, Asia and Africa.
# Matriarchal herds of goats consist of 5 to 20 individuals.
# Goats are browsers, not grazers.
# Goats are extremely picky about what they eat.
# Goats DO NOT eat tin cans.
# Goats have only bottom front and side teeth, the top jaw does have a
large back molar for crushing things. (they do a good job of this ,
never stick your fingers back there)
# Goats have rectangular eyes - this allows them to see very well in the
# Goats contribute to desertification in Africa.
# The Rocky Mountain "goat" is not a true goat; it is closer to a sheep.
# Wild goats don't sleep.
# 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.
# Over 80% of worlds population eats goat meat,
# It will take the USA to the year 2052 to produce enough goat meat for
# 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 catch colds and can succumb to pneumonia.
# The fat molecules in goat milk are five times smaller than the fat
molecules in cow milk. Goat milk is broken down in the stomach in twenty
minutes; it takes an hour for the stomach to break down cow's milk.
# Goats are great as stock animals. Goats are easier on the trail than
other pack/stock animals. Properly conditioned, a goat can carry up to
25%-30% of its body weight.
# There are over 210 breeds of goats and over 450 million goats in the
# pygmy goats are a species not a breed.
# Goats are great as stock / pack animals