RR 4, Powassan, Ontario, POH 1Z0, Canada
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Pictured: "NEGATIVE" (at 6 mos.) proves how agile and tractable the goat
- The goat has been called the 'poor farmer's cow'. They eat less and
produce an excellent quality milk that is easily digested by babies, seniors,
and people with eating disorders. Cheese, butter, yogurt, ice cream, and soap
can all be made from the milk.
- Goats are browsers more than grazers, and will work through the brush
eating fresh shoots, trimming low branches from the evergreens, and even eat
the bark on some types of trees. Because they take a mouthful here, and a
mouthful there, they cover a large area when eating.
- They have a sense of humour, are very mischievious, and can jump or get
through many types of fencing. If they can't push through, jump over, or
wriggle under, they will keep testing any fence, and never give up.
- We have two distinct types of goats. The Alpine goats have been bred for
their milking ability and come from lines of top milkers and Championship
winning lines such as Chiefswood, Parvastella, and Tattletale. They have alert
erect ears and come in a variety of colourings. The less well known Boer goats
are a breed developed in South Africa. They are basically white in colour,
have a distinctive red head and ears, and heavy pendulous ears. The Boer is a
meat goat, and can have three sets of kids in two years, compared to the
normal one set of kids a year for other breeds. They are very docile, and
although not heavy milkers, have good quality milk and fast growing kids. The bucks have large curving horns, compared to the straighter ones of the Alpines.
- Goat kids are sometimes available as future breeding stock, pets, and for
meat. Adults may be available from time to time. This winter we have a Boer X Nubian buck available for our own use, and
available for visiting does.
- Buck and doe kids may be available in 2005 by both a purebred Alpine buck, and possibly by Alfonso, the Boer x Nubian buck.
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