Saturday 5 January 2013

Goats are like cats

Head butting about to start
Something you need to bear in mind if you intend to keep goats is their personalities. Of all the classes of farm animals I've worked with; cattle, sheep, pigs and poultry, goats are unique. Each goat has its own individual personality. Like cats they are independent, pushy and demanding of attention; focused on their own needs, but unlike cats they are intensely sociable. They need the company of other goats and you shouldn't keep one on its own. There is a social hierarchy of course often with the biggest individual at the top. Acorn the feisty Toggenburg kid is constantly challenging Pia who is almost twice her size like a teenager defying authority. At the moment the headbutting duels are short lived and playful but I can see a new order emerging.

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