20 Fantastic Facts About Goats

16. They’re some of our oldest friends – Goats were one of the first animals to be domesticated. Archaeological evidence shows the first domestic goats were kept 10,000 years ago. Neolithic farmers in ancient Turkey and Iran kept goats not just for milk and meat, but also used their dung as fuel.

17. Boer Is the Biggest – The largest breed of goat is the Boer. This breed, often characterised by its red and white neck, gains weight at an alarming rate to reach its fully-grown size of 135 kilograms (300 pounds) for a male and 90 kilograms (200 pounds) for a female. The Boer is most often bred for its lean meat and is desirable to farmers because of its docility, high fertility rate and fast growth.friendly-goat

18. Goats Dig Their Homes – Goats graze across a ‘home’ area of some 23 square kilometres (14 square miles), and will dig an inch into the ground lo make a space for dust baths and rest.

19. Egyptian Pharaoh Cephranes was buried with 2,234 goats, evidence of our ancient relationship with the animals.

20. There are over 300 breeds of domestic goat in existence and an estimated 920 million goats on the planet.

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