7 Benefits of Owning a Goat

It does not matter what size farm you own; you want to choose only the best animals to raise. Goat owners boast that these mammals contribute to a more sustainable lifestyle. How exactly does owning a goat benefit the farm?  This article will uncover why raising these animals is popular among hobby farmers, industrial farms, and every farm size in between. Are you considering owning one of these animals? Ensuring you are feeding them exactly what they need nutritionally is the first place to start.  Three white goats looking over a fence. New Heritage Feed Co. offers a complete goat ration pellet to supplement their grass hay or other roughage. We understand you want the best for your animals, so we create our formulas with a commitment to their well-being. We use high-quality ingredients and a unique blend of essential oils.  Many farmers find goats to be prize additions to their farms. Let's take a look at some of the ways these farm animals can benefit people.

1. They Produce Dairy Products

A woman milking her white goat. Goat milk is a benefit of owning a goat. Many who consider owning a goat know that they produce dairy, including both cheese and milk. Raising a dairy goat supplies milk for the family and can be an income source for the family. Their cheese is not only delicious but incredibly popular.  A benefit to dairy goats is they are less costly than cows and require less land. Gratefully, if one is lactose intolerant, it is likely you won't have a problem tolerating goat's milk. Dieticians have reported goat's milk is easier to digest, and people have fewer digestive symptoms than cow's milk

2. Goats Help Clear Land- Including Weeds

A white goat grazing on grass and weeds. Goats thrive on foliage; in fact, they need it to keep their gut healthy. These mammals love to eat weeds, poison ivy, leaves, and even bark.  By reducing the amount of greenery on the farm, it reduces the risk of fire and insects. By having a goat, you can reduce the amount of pesticide used on the farm. That's healthier for everyone. Goats do best with grass hay, so do not feed them grass or expect them to eat fields of green. They don't fare well as lawnmowers. However, these grazers love leftover piles of leaves, weeds, and rubbage and will happily chomp away if given the opportunity.

3. You Can Produce Meat

A goat with brown fur in a field. Goat meat is not popular in the United States, but it is enjoyed by many around the world. If you're looking for a meat source that doesn't require much room to store, this meat is a choice option.  Goat meat is comparable to venison, a lean cut known for being healthy and lower in fat. It is also even higher in protein than beef.  Goat's meat is sometimes referred to as Chevon. Raising these animals for meat can also be profitable as it can be challenging to find on the market. 

4. Have Your Own Petting Zoo

A child petting a young goat at a petting zoo. Goats make good pets. Why not turn them into a petting zoo?  Baby goats can be a massive draw for visitors to the farm. You can decide how much to charge for the public to come and see the kids at the petting zoo.  These animals are entertaining, cuddly, and friendly. Children love them, and it can be a fantastic educational opportunity to introduce them to farm life. 

5. They Make Wonderful Manure

Someone scooping goat manure. A benefit of owning a goat is nutrient-rich manure. Having a goat can be beneficial for your garden and the soil on your farm. Their manure contains nutritious nitrogen and phosphate, which are helpful for both veggies and flowers.  Also, unlike cows, the pellets do not have an odor and are dried out, so they are easy to collect. What an improvement over cow patties or other sources of manure. As far as the fields, goats are browsers; they will fertilize as they are allowed to roam. For plants, collect the pellets and fertilize as needed. The pellets can be incorporated with watering or natural rain.

6. They Can Produce Fiber

A white angora goat with long horns. Did you know goats are fiber producers? The animal's breed determines what fiber they can produce. For example, the Cashmere Goat produces cashmere, and the Angora Goat makes Mohair.  If you are crafty, you can use the fiber and spin your yarn. You can also sell the thread to local yarn companies. Ideally, females and castrated males will give the best coat for fiber. 

7. Owning a Goat Provides Companionship

A woman holding baby goats so her two dogs can interact with them. Goats can provide companionship and even be a form of therapy animal. Believe it or not, these four-legged friends are gentle like a feline and loyal like a canine. They are caring and playful, not unlike many other four-legged favorite friends.  Having a farm animal such as a goat can do wonders to boost our moods. Sometimes all it takes is a few hours with an animal to turn our situation around.  Remember that these animals are designed to live in a herd, so it is best to have another if you have one. They are simply delightful and will entertain you for hours with their jumps and tricks!  Just don't let them too close to the fence as one of their tricks is escaping! These animals are excellent escape artists and will also quickly run if left in an area unclosed.  Like all domestic animals, goats need proper shelter, food, and love. With a bit of care, these farm animals will be sure to provide companionship for several years moving forward. 

Part of Owning a Goat is About What You Feed Your Animals

Someone hand-feeding a white goat over a fence. So you have decided on owning a goat! Now it's time to purchase a supplemental animal food that meets the nutritional standards you would feed any member of your family.  Hobbyists, farmers, and first-time goat owners all agree they only want the best for their animals. New Heritage Feed Co. has worked to give you an outstanding product. With healthy animals, you can put the time back where it needs to be: the farm, animals, community, and family.  Contact us today for more ideas about making farms more sustainable and what we can provide to any of your farm animals.