To learn how to raise goats, you should first know what to look for in a healthy goat. If you know what a healthy goat looks like, you can tell when a goat is sick, or at least know that something may be wrong and take it to the vet. Whether you're farming goats or keeping pet goats, the signs of good health are the same.
Characteristics of Healthy Goats
Goat Vital Signs
If you notice signs of illness in a goat, it's a good idea to isolate it immediately from other goats and livestock. Some illnesses can spread rapidly to other animals. The next step is check the vital signs. If you can't do this yourself, get help from a veterinarian.
If you know what kind of grass is in the pasture, you will know whether you need to feed grain and supplements. If you are not sure, you can get the grass tested for minerals and vitamins. You can also feed grain as a supplement instead of testing, but grain feeding gets expensive.
If you have a pregnant doe, you should always supplement with grains. Kids should also receive a grain supplement.
Considering a goat as a pet? If you're used to domesticated dogs and cats, you should get to know the rules of goat behavior before you bring one home.
Wondering what do alpacas eat? These cousins of camels and llamas do best with mineral-rich, low-protein grass.