Is It True That Goats Eat Everything?


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Amman Aamir Profile
Amman Aamir answered
People seem to think that goats will eat practically anything. And the truth is, that's just what they do. A goat's instincts will prevent it from eating things that will do it harm but it wil1 try to eat things most other animals reject.

The reason for this seems to be that goats are rarely given the food and care bestowed on other domestic animals. The goat has been called the most optimistic of animals. Since it usually is not fed well, it will try to eat anything in the hope that it may be good.

The goat has always had a rather curious relationship with man. It is one of the most useful of animals. Since ancient times it has supplied man with healthy milk and satisfying meat. Its skin has been made into leather. Its wool has been woven into soft, warm cloth.
In spite of its usefulness, however, the goat has always had a bad reputation. This is probably due to its bad temper and the unpleasant odor of the males.

The goat contributes more to man in comparison to its size than any other animal. Goat's milk, for example, is considered by some to be better and healthier than cow's milk. It is often given to babies and invalids because it is easier to digest than cow's milk.

A few goats are raised for their flesh or are used as beasts of burden. Some are grown for their skins, which are made into goatskin, kidskin, and Morocco leather. Other goats, such as the Angora and the Cashmere, are raised for their wool.

Goats were probably domesticated in Persia, but are now raised all over the world. There are about ten breeds of wild goats found in Europe, Africa, and Asia. They are sure-footed, active animals which generally prefer mountainous homes.
Trish Anna Profile
Trish Anna answered
All good answers. I usually tell people that goats are very picky. Perhaps the first poster brings up a good point ... If the goats are not properly fed, they might try to eat things they shouldn't.

I guess I can't comment on that. My goats have a large enough pasture with lots of trees, bushes, weeds, vines, brush, etc. And spend most of their time eating that. They also eat some tender grasses, but don't prefer it. They will fill up on hay as well, and take pellets, grain, veggies, and fruit.

As Skat said, my goats will refuse to eat the feed if it touches the ground, or leaves if they wilt or get dirty.

Minerals are important to provide for goats, as they rarely get what they need otherwise.

Grain can be problematic for males (both bucks and wethers) as it can throw off their mineral balance and lead to urinary calculi, which can be fatal (or at least rather unpleasant to treat!)
Susan Katchur Profile
Susan Katchur answered
Goats can be choosey eaters.  They will, usually, reject food that is dirty, smelly, wilted or has been on the ground.  Many goats eat alfalfa hay, loose mineral mix or a grain mixture.
amoh croden Profile
amoh croden answered
Goats do not eat everything

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