Goats: Sustainable Production Overview

Abstract: Goats: Sustainable Production Overview provides fundamental information relevant to all goats, especially about feeding, reproduction, and health. An extensive resource list is included.

By Linda Coffey, Margo Hale, and Ann Wells
NCAT Agriculture Specialists
August 2004
© NCAT 2004

The goat was one of the first animals to be domesticated by humans, about 9,000 years ago. Today, there are some 200 different breeds of goats that produce a variety of products, including milk, meat, and fiber (mohair and cashmere). Worldwide, goat meat production is higher than meat production from cattle or hogs.(Holcomb, 1994)

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Photo by Snohomish Conservation District

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