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Do you want to add goats to your homestead? Here are some of the advantages of owning goats, including how they will improve your land and even benefit your other livestock. Here are some reasons why you should have goats on your farm.
Goats are an excellent homestead animal, providing milk and meat while also improving pastures and enriching the garden.
Here are five compelling reasons why you must have goats on your farm.
Milk and Meat
Naturally, goats can provide both meat and milk.
Any breed of goat, whether dairy or meat, full size or mini, will produce milk and meat while requiring less space, feed, and water than a cow.
Goats are also smaller and less difficult to handle than cows.
A full-size dairy goat produces more milk than a mini breed or a meat breed, whereas a meat breed is heavier and produces more meat than a dairy goat.
Miniature breeds produce fewer goats than full-size breeds but are easier for children to handle.
You can learn more about the various types and breeds of goats, as well as some of their characteristics.
Goats prefer weeds, shrubs, and trees to grass and are browsers rather than grazers.
They improve pastureland by consuming weeds and brush while leaving the grass for the most part, alone. Goats are frequently used to clear brush and clear land.
Poison ivy and blackberry thickets, for example, are favorites of goats.
So moving your livestock from one pasture to another, often followed by another species, and possibly even a third, helps to improve the quality of your pasture. Goats eat weeds and don't care for grass. Horses will eat grass but not weeds. As the goats eat the weeds, the grass becomes more accessible to the horses.
Some people let their chickens run around in the pasture after horses or other large animals to scratch through the manure and eat bugs and seeds.
Rotating goats with another species or two on the same ground also aids in the control of each animal's parasites.
Parasites of one species cannot survive in a host animal of a different species, such as a goat, and vice versa.
The parasite's life cycle has been disrupted, and all of the animals are healthier as a result.
Goats are an excellent addition to any garden.
Goat droppings, like rabbit droppings, do not need to be composted before being added to your garden, but they should be aged for at least a month.
Unlike some other manures, goat poop will not burn your plants.