An iquiring mind...goats?
- An above post reminded me of a question I have had for some time. I
know much of the third world peoples rely heavily on goats for milk,
cheese and meat. Goats can thrive in nearly any environment and on any
food source. I notice here in Costa Rica, especially in the mountains,
the people have little meat in their diets and milk products are a
luxury. Vegetation of may sources thrives, yet there are no goats to
use it. I see goats at some of the festivals so I know some exist
here, but not to the quantity I would expect.
- EDITED TO REMOVE PIGGYBACKED MESSAGE.. PLEASE, ALL...
My Mom raises show goats in the states and sold some goats to Costa
Rica in the past. The person buying the goats had to build an
elevated building off the ground so that the goats would never touch
the dirt. Supposedly it was because the parasites are very bad in the
soil in Costa Rica. Keep in mind that these were expensive show goats
- Well, my husband claims he's seen flying goats, so maybe they're show goats
being kept off the ground:) We started keeping goats in '71 and have done
from time to time. Small free-range Toggs...never any parasite
problems. A jaguarundi got a newborn kid once. They've probably done so
well because they neither drive on the roads nor step off curbs. Wait
until I tell Dick that he needs to build a space colony for them...sigh.
- It's true about the parasites, though...the kids always ran around on the
farm without shoes (or much else)...they regularly got parasites. Good
handwashing goes a long way...transmission in humans is usually fecal-oral,
and I never got them. Dick and the amoebas would be another story...and an
- Hello Group Members:
Goats can be medicated quarterly for paracites.
This is tougher on the herdesmen than on the
goat, or at least it was for me.
Goats do not like wet ground and perfer a shady spot
to chew their cud. Foot trimming is also necessary
several times a year. They perfer to sleep on an
elevated platform, which will usually be dryer.
They also perfer to sleep in a sheltered area for
the most part.
Abcesses were a problem in California, more so
than paracites. I was blessed not to have had
either problem, but had friends that found the
problem to be hard to deal with in both situations.
Limiting the number of animals that come into the herd
will often cut down on exposure from the outside