Raising Goats for Milk, Becoming Self Sufficient
Goats in the Backyard?
Raising goats and owning goats is becoming very common among people in urban areas. Many people are moving towards becoming more self sufficient and have started growing gardens, raising bees, chickens and goats. Some people have even started raising goats in the backyards of their urban homes. They are smaller size animals so they can easily live in a small fenced in area, they produce great tasting milk and are usually disease free. They are actually pretty easy to care for, and they will keep their owners entertained with their very unique personalities.
Pros and Cons
There are many different kinds of goats and some of them make great pets, but you must make sure that they are allowed to be raised in your city. They are basically happy with some good feed, a decent size place to graze and they can eat most anything. Most people know that you can get goats to eat weeds, but they will actually eat grass, bushes, flowers, and they will also eat your garden plants if they can get to them. Goats manure is a very good fertilizer and is actually richer than horse or cow manure. So for self sufficiency this is a great plus, especially if you grow your own vegetable garden. They are also happy sharing their home with other animals, and they have an overall friendly temperament and are usually safe and good with children of all ages.
There are very few cons to owning a goat, and the first is that they will eat anything they can get to. So owners must goat-proof the area they will be kept in. They really need to live in pairs, because they can get bored and extremely lonely living alone, so you need to buy two. Most people complain that grown bucks have a bad smell, and many goats are escape artists. So if they are kept contained inside a fence, owners must make sure they can’t get out and that nothing else can get in. Large pens or a fenced area is a necessity, and it’s best to build an area large enough to hold several goats, just in case you decide to get more later.The pen must be built from sturdy fence, with a house that doesn’t leak so that they can take shelter out of the rain or sun.
Cow Milk Vs Goats Milk
Nutrition of goats milk has always been one of the main reasons people like to have goats. If you are wanting to become more self sufficient then having constant access to great tasting milk is a good idea. Raising goats for milk is better than cows milk because it causes less allergies, is easier to digest, and it is safe for people who are lactose intolerant. It is easier to digest because it contains less lactose and contains more calcium and iron. It also helps to prevent conditions such as anemia. Another positive aspect is that many babies who are allergic to cows milk can do very well drinking goats milk. Not only is goats milk said to be better, but caring for goats is easier than caring for than cows. They are cheaper to feed and you can haul them around easier if you need to, so there are plenty of reasons other than milk to own goats rather than cows.
Goats have been known to be called the “poor man’s cow”. This is because of the ease of caring for goats, they are cost efficient because you can feed four goats compared to one cow, and they can also be cared for by anyone including women or children. They are really a great addition to any farm or urban backyard, and they are a great option for anyone that considers themselves a survivalist or self sufficient.