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  Breeds of Livestock - Goat Breeds
The goat, along with sheep, were among the earliest domesticated animals.
Goat remains have been found at archaeological sites in western Asia, such as Jericho, Choga, Mami, Djeitun and Cayonu, which allows domestication of the goats to be dated at between 6000 and 7000 B.C. However, unlike sheep, their ancestry is fairly clear.
The major contributor of modern goats is the Bezoar goat which is distributed from the mountains of Asia Minor across the Middle East to Sind.
www.ansi.okstate.edu /breeds/goats   (113 words)

 Cashmere Goats
American goats were found to be producing down but not in enough quantity to make it economically viable.
Cashmere goats are raised for their fiber, meat, and ability to rejuvenate weedy pastures.
The amount of Cashmere a goat produces depends on a number of factors, the most important of which is how much selective breeding is in the genetic background.
home.earthlink.net /~fibergoat/id12.html   (577 words)

Goats were one of the very first animals to be domesticated by humans, some 10,000 years ago.   The total world population of goats is now estimated to be around 765 million,  although it is impossible to obtain a truly accurate figure for this as many are farmed in developing countries where records are scarce.
Goats usually produce 2 kids and once these babies have had 24 hours feeding from their mothers they are removed and reared using artificial teats so that the milk can be sold for human consumption.  Fibre producing breeds are usually reared by their mothers until 12-14 weeks of age.
As with most cloven-hoofed animals, goats require their feet to be clipped on a regular basis unless they are on really hard ground much of the time (as they would be in their natural, upland terrain).
www.vegansociety.com /html/animals/exploitation/goats.php   (776 words)

 Defra, UK - Animal health and welfare - Animal welfare - On farm - Codes of recommendations: Goats
If a goat has to be destroyed on the farm, this must be done humanely, and, where possible, by a person who is experienced in both the technique and the equipment used for slaughtering goats.
Goats should be moved at appropriate intervals to clean pastures to control parasite infestation and this should be combined with a regular parasite control programme (see paragraph 8).
Goats can milk through to 24 months but this should be supported by adequate nutrition (see paragraph 11).
www.defra.gov.uk /animalh/welfare/farmed/othersps/goats/pb0081/goatcode.htm   (2745 words)

  Domestic goat - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The domestic goat (Capra aegagrus hircus) is a domesticated subspecies of the Wild Goat of south-west Asia and eastern Europe.
The taste of goat meat, called chevon, is said to be similar to veal or venison, depending on the age of the goat.
Goats do not have to be slaughtered to harvest the wool, which is instead sheared (cut from the body) in the case of Angora goats, or combed, in the case of Cashmere goats.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Goat   (1843 words)

 Goats (comic) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Goats is a webcomic written and illustrated by Jonathan Rosenberg.
Goats follows the (loose) plot of Rosenberg's cartoon alter ego, along with his friend/drinking buddy Phillip, and a huge group of characters including animals, celebrities, space aliens and evil villains.
Goats has thrived mostly on revenue from advertising and merchandise, especially t-shirts.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Goats_(comic)   (788 words)

 Goats (comic) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
Goats is a web comic written and illustrated by.
Goats follows the (loose) plot of Rosenberg's cartoon alter ego, along with his friend/drinking buddy Phillip, and a loose group of characters in the form of animals, celebrities, space aliens and evil villains.
Ask any reader of Goats how to pour the perfect Hefeweizen, and they will be happy to demonstrate.
visalia.us /project/wikipedia/index.php/Goats_(comic)   (520 words)

 Ag Facts   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
Goats were one of the first animals to be tamed by humans and were being herded 9,000 years ago.
Goats have a lower set of teeth which meet a hard pad in the upper jaw, and 24 molars on the top and bottom in the back of their mouths.
Goats are inexpensive to maintain, and goat meat is lower in fat and calories than chicken, beef, pork or lamb.
www.clover.okstate.edu /fourh/aitc/lessons/extras/facts/goats.html   (933 words)

 Goats   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
The goat is a ruminant mammal with hollow horns and coarse hair.
All wild goats are of Old World origin, and include the Persian bezoar goat, or pasan, possibly the ancestor of the domestic varieties; the several species of ibex (including the tur), and the markhor of Asia, with spirally twisted horns.
The Cashmere goat is raised in central Asia, Northern India, and Iran for the wool of its downy undercoat.
schoolweb.missouri.edu /ashland.k12.mo.us/jr/02page   (1147 words)

 Goats: Sustainable Production Overview
Goats eat the forages, the goats’ manure replaces some purchased fertilizers, and the life cycles of various crop and animal pests are interrupted.
Female goats (does) reach puberty at seven to ten months of age, depending on the breed and nutrition, and should be at 60 to 75% of their adult weight at breeding to prevent difficult kidding.
The presence of a buck (uncastrated male goat) stimulates the reproductive cycle (estrous) and the behaviors of the does that indicate that they are in the fertile part of their cycle (in heat).
www.attra.org /attra-pub/goatoverview.html   (10708 words)

 Heat Stress Index   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
Goats get eight times more relief from the heat by panting than by sweating, so rapid breathing is their primary form of cooling themselves.
Goat breeds with floppy ears, loose skin, longer hair, and those with horns, should also be more heat tolerant.
Goats and other ruminants have a unique network of blood vessels at the base of the brain, called the rete mirabile, that may help diffuse body heat in order to keep the brain slightly cooler than the rest of the body.
kinne.net /heatstrs.htm   (1148 words)

 How to keep fires down in California scrub: Chew it. | csmonitor.com
It uses goats so that one of America's most fire-prone regions doesn't have a repeat of the country's most costly fire that consumed 3,500 homes (one every 11 seconds) in an afternoon in 1991.
But for the most part, "[people] love seeing the goats, the dogs that herd them, and the sheep herders as well, as long as they are not downwind," she says.
Because goats eat the tops of plants rather than the roots, they are considered less damaging to native plants than other grazing animals.
www.csmonitor.com /2006/0918/p01s03-ussc.html   (936 words)

 Goat - International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
In Proverbs 30:31, one of the four things "which are stately in going" is the he-goat, tayish (Arabic tais, "he-goat"), also mentioned in Genesis 30:35; 32:14 among the possessions of Laban and Jacob, and in 2 Chronicles 17:11 among the animals given as tribute by the Arabians to Jehoshaphat.
Domestic goats differ greatly among themselves in the color and length of their hair, in the size and shape of their ears, and in the size and shape of their horns, which are usually larger in the males, but in some breeds may be absent in both sexes.
The goats of Palestine and Syria are usually fl (Song of Solomon 4:1), though sometimes partly or entirely white or brown.
www.studylight.org /enc/isb/view.cgi?number=T3841   (988 words)

 Goats: Sustainable Production Overview
Goats eat the forages, the goats’ manure replaces some purchased fertilizers, and the life cycles of various crop and animal pests are interrupted.
Goats may have to be trained to electric fences by placing them in a small paddock to "test" the wire.
Female goats (does) reach puberty at seven to ten months of age, depending on the breed and nutrition, and should be at 60 to 75% of their adult weight at breeding to prevent difficult kidding.
attra.ncat.org /attra-pub/goatoverview.html   (10708 words)

 goats: the comic strip | by jonathan rosenberg | new comics every monday through thursday   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
Comics should continue normally through at least Monday the 30th; there may be a guest strip sometime that week but otherwise you'll see regular Goats strips.
I've been trying to work ahead for the last few weeks and I cannot vouch for the quality of these next few strips but I can certainly guarantee the quantity.
Goats is a service mark of Goats, LLC
www.goats.com   (984 words)

 Fainting Goats
Shepherds often kept the goats in with their flocks as insurance in case of predator attacks.
The actual degree of stiffness may vary widely from goat to goat and is based on a number of factors, including age, species purity, and degree of fright.
You see, Jim's stepdad Andrew ("Don't Call Me 'Andy'!") whimsically purchased three of the critters, two of whom later had babies (leaving the family with a total of 6 of the little darlings), and they are the talk of the household.
www-personal.umich.edu /~jimknapp/goats.html   (904 words)

 Orlando Sentinel - Animal Crazy: Goats archives by Orlando Sentinel Deputy Managing Editor Ann Hellmuth   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
The military mascot, a 6-year-old male goat called Billy, was downgraded from the rank of lance corporal to fusilier — the same status as a private — after army chiefs ruled his poor display had ruined the ceremony earlier this month at a British army base in Episkopi, western Cyprus.
A goat struggles to escape flood waters in Chselet, a village south of Bucharest.
Look at the expression on this goat's face as Sharon Milward embraces the animal after it was rescued from a fire Saturday on her farm in Mason County, Ky. The heartbreak is palpable.
blogs.orlandosentinel.com /features_lifestyle_animal/goats   (348 words)

 Meat Goat Production
Goats were one of the earliest animals to be domesticated and are underrated as farm livestock.
The growth in the meat goat industry can be attributed to several factors, including the increased demand for goat meat brought about by the influx of immigrants who have a preference for goat meat in their diets.
Spanish goats are well-adapted to the Southwest where at one time their utility for brush control was as important as their role in producing meat.
www.sheepandgoat.com /articles/meatgoat.htm   (2627 words)

 BC Farm Products A-Z - Goats
A female goat is a doe, a male goat is a buck and young goats are called kids.
Goats that are raised for their fleece can live up to 15 years.
Goats are shorn and their fleece is used by spinners and weavers.
www.agf.gov.bc.ca /aboutind/products/livestck/goats.htm   (511 words)

 Goat - Uncyclopedia, the content-free encyclopedia
Goats are vicious, leaving nothing of their prey...not even bones, making them the fifth deadliest animal (but only on Wednesdays).
Goats have the tendency to attempt to breed with bens.
Goats are known to live in large quads, which roam the tundra and live under elm trees.
uncyclopedia.org /wiki/Goats   (1025 words)

 Small Farm Center   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
Goats come in many colors and combinations of colors, but solid colored goats are much preferred.
A goat without horns is hard to control; some shearing stands even depend on horns when securing the goat for shearing.
A frightened or startled goat is apt to jump or flail around and handlers should always use caution to prevent injury from the horns-especially to eyes.
www.sfc.ucdavis.edu /pubs/brochures/Cashmeregoats.html   (1932 words)

 Albuquerque Tribune Online
Subhas Shah, chief engineer for the conservancy district, said the plan is for at least 400 goats to clear invasive weeds in 100 acres of the bosque.
The goats are to be deployed along the west bank of the river in a stretch of the bosque between Orilla Road (about a quarter-mile north of the Monta§o Bridge) and the Paseo del Norte Bridge.
New Mexico contractors "with limited experience in the use of large herds of goats for vegetation management in an urban area are strongly urged to partner with a more experienced contractor, including one from outside New Mexico, to submit a joint proposal," the request said.
web.abqtrib.com /archives/news04/071404_news_goats.shtml   (662 words)

 Your Chinese Astrology Sign: The Goat - astrology.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
Goats are generally most comfortable in their own minds (which other, more linear-thinking Signs may have trouble deciphering).
For this reason, Goats tend to have a hard time with romance; anyone who couples up with a Goat must know, this Sign has a sensitive streak a mile wide and can be subject to bouts of anxiety over seemingly inconsequential things.
Goats would be well-served by learning to relax and let others run the show from time to time.
chinese.astrology.com /goat.html   (397 words)

 New York State 4-H Youth Programs at Cornell University
Goat meat is actually one of the most commonly eaten meats in the world and tastes somewhat like venison and beef.
Some goats produce special fibers or wools in their coats that can be spun to make yarn for kniting and crocheting clothing.
Some goats produce so much cashmere that it is worth the time and effort to comb or shear it off them at the end of winter.
www.ansci.cornell.edu /4H/goats/index.html   (665 words)

 Fainting Goat
of the U.S. as "Nervous" goats, and in Texas as "Stiff-legged" goats.
Goats have been treated unkindly in the movies and cartoons.
My goats won't even leave the barn unless the temperature is above about 20 F. A shed with one end open may suffice, but I wouldn't keep my goats in anything less than a good barn which can be completely closed up during snowstorms.
www.webworksltd.com /webpub/goats/faintinggoat.html   (570 words)

 San Diego Zoo's Animal Bytes: Goat & Sheep
Rams and bucks (male sheep and goats) use their horns in head-butting clashes that get more intense during the breeding season, in the fall for most species.
All goats and sheep are primarily grazers and ruminants—cud chewers, that is. A four-chambered stomach contains fermenting bacteria and protozoans that help break down the tough grasses and other plants these animals eat.
There are now some 210 breeds of domesticated goats and more than 200 breeds of domestic sheep, many bred to provide milk, fibers such as cashmere, mohair, and wool, and meat.
www.sandiegozoo.org /animalbytes/t-goat_sheep.html   (1311 words)

 NCDA&CS - Kid's World - Barnyard Palace - Goats   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
Mature female goats (does) are usually bred (mated) in the fall.
Dairy goats produce milk for consumption, cheese production, etc. Angora goats produce a fiber used for clothes, etc. Meat goats produce kids raised to produce meat for slaughter.
Goats are ruminants and have a special "4-compartment stomach".
www.agr.state.nc.us /cyber/kidswrld/general/barnyard/goats.htm   (131 words)

 Progressive Farmer|Horses & Farm Animals|Goats Are Growing   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
Anyone who has seen an increase in goats across the countryside shouldn't be surprised to learn that their numbers have risen 187% in the past 13 years.
Boer goats are bigger and meatier, and they represent the most widespread meat goat breed in the U.S. at this time.
Goat breeders also must be wary of parasites, particularly in areas prone to heavy rainfall.
www.pathfinder.com /farmer/animals/article/0,24672,1178447,00.html   (774 words)

 Fainting Goats | Qarxis.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
When the goat is being fed or becomes startled its muscules become stiff allowing the goat to fall on the ground in a fainting position.
Aabo is convinced that these goats are cursed or 'made out of cag" cus him being a geeljire, he says he's never encountered or never heard of such goats that act this way.
Myotonic goats are a distinctly landrace breed, which means that they have adapted to fit the local conditions in which they live.
www.qarxis.com /Fainting_Goats   (906 words)

 Goats   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
Goat's milk is sweet and highly digestible, and is often given to children and adults who are unable to digest cow's milk.
Goat's milk has been used to raise a variety of orphaned animals ranging from kittens and puppies to calves and foals.
Boer goats are large fleshy fast-growing goats from Africa that are primarily raised for meat.
www.uga.edu /~lam/kids/goats/milkmeat.html   (272 words)

As goats mature, their resistance to becoming infected increases although complete resistance is unlikely and adult goats, if given a sufficiently large dose of M.
The risk that the organism is being shed into the milk is believed to be higher in goats that have moved into later stages of the infection.
Thus clinically affected goats (as shown by weight loss) are more likely to infect their offspring than goats still in good condition.
www.johnes.org /goats/epidemiology.html   (348 words)

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