Goats have been raised for thousands of years for their milk, meat, hair and skin. But what do goats eat? This post will answer that very question and also look at a few interesting and fun facts about goats.
What Do Goats Eat
Goats are herbivores. This means that they do not eat other animals. Goats prefer to eat grasses, plants, weeds, shrubs and herbs. They will eat almost any plant, including some toxic to most other animals. However, they only eat the tips of woody shrubs and trees. Unless they are starving, goats will not eat clothing or garbage. Goats have been known to eat items made out of plant material, such as wood.
Interesting Facts About Goats
- Goats are very intelligent creatures. It is easy to teach goats to pull carts.
- Goats are escape artists! They will kick and push fences to try and escape the farms where they are raised. Goats become wild when they escape and can cause problems to the local environment. Feral goats are a severe problem in Australia.
- Goats live for about 15 to 18 years. One goat was reported to live to 24.
- Goat’s milk is used to make goat cheese, goat butter and ice cream.
- Goats can climb trees!