The dairy goat’s popularity continues to increase rapidly as more people discover the dairy goat’s appeal, utility and productiveness. The female dairy goat is a doe; the male, a buck; the young, kids; and a castrated male, a wether. Their life span is eight to twelve years.
Raising goats, either for milk or meat, can be an incredibly rewarding and joyful experience. Goats are intelligent, curious, often quite hilarious, and almost always fascinating. The classic children’s tale of the Three Billy Goats Gruff and the Troll beneath their bridge may be a beloved story, but even so these creatures have seemingly developed a bit of a negative reputation (jerks that will head butt anything, messy stink factories, essentially just living garbage disposals--you have probably heard most of the jokes). It is fair to say, however, that their reputation is not all for ill, nor is it al in dispute. Here are some important things to remember if you decide to bring a goat farm onto your property: