Fact - The proper name for a group of goats is a trip. Fact - Wild males are sometimes called bucks; females, does. Fact - A domestic male is sometimes called a billy; a female, a nanny. Fact - Goats are great swimmers. Fact - If bottled raised, goats will become bonded to their caregivers. Fact - Goats were domesticated around 7000 B.C. Fact - Domestic goats are found worldwide. Fact - Pygmy goats are a goat species, not a breed. Fact - Each breed of dairy goat gives a different tasting milk. Oberhasli goats give milk that tastes closest to cow's milk. Fact - Anything you make with cow's milk, you can make with goat's milk. Fact - Goat's discovered coffee beans. Fact - Goat milk has a higher butterfat content than cow's milk. Fact - Hearty seafarers, goats were kept by sailors for milk. Fact - Ancient Greeks used goat skins to make vellum and parchment. Fact - Goats are depicted in Paleolithic art. Fact - True wild goats are found throughout southern Asia. Fact - The Ibex (another wild goat species) populates Europe, Asia and Africa. Fact - Matriarchal herds of goats consist of 5 to 20 individuals. Fact - Voracious eaters, goats have denuded once lush islands. Fact - Goats are browsers, not grazers. Fact - Goats are extremely picky about what they eat. Fact - Goats DO NOT eat tin cans. Fact - Goats have only bottom front and side teeth, the top jaw does have a large back molar for crushing things. Fact - Goats have rectangular eyes - this allows them to see very well in the dark. Fact - Goats contribute to desertification in Africa. Fact - The Rocky Mountain "goat" is not a true goat; it is closer to a sheep. Fact - Wild goats don't sleep. Fact - Goats use straw to scratch their backs. Fact - Cashmere comes from the undercoat of the Asian Kashmiri goat, with the average annual yield per animal being less than one pound. Fact - Mohair comes from the Turkish Angora goat. Fact - Goats catch colds and can succumb to pneumonia. Fact - 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. Fact - 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.
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Ned at Docker Park Farm Visitor Centre in Lancashire
on 015242 21331