From the second Saturday in June to its third Saturday, we celebrate what is known as the National Dairy Goat Awareness Week. Goats and humans have coexisted for a long time, and we have experienced the numerous uses that these interesting animals offer, starting from their nutritious milk to soft wool. They are actually quite capable of some astonishing feats of their own. So, as the Dairy Goat Awareness Week draws close, we would like to share some interesting tidbits about them.
Goats were one of the first animals to be domesticated.
Goats began to be domesticated more than 10,000 years ago. This was a part of a crucial shift in human existence, as we transformed from being hunters and gatherers into primarily agriculture-based communities.
A goat giving birth is known as kidding.
A baby goat is known as a kid. But did you know that the process of a nanny goat (that’s a female goat) giving birth is known as kidding! No kidding!
Goat’s milk is the most widely consumed milk in the world.
While many people assume that cow’s milk is the most popular, it is goat’s milk that most people around the world consume. Its affordability and many nutritional benefits definitely contribute to its popularity.
Goat’s milk is naturally homogenized.
One of the many distinct characteristics of goat’s milk that sets it apart from other types of animal milk is that it is naturally homogenized. This means that the small fat molecules in the milk do not separate and form different layers. They remain suspended in the cream. Check out our blogs to learn more about the manifold benefits of goat’s milk.
Goats can be picky eaters.
If you thought your child was a picky eater, you definitely haven’t met a goat. Goats have sensitive lips, and they use their lips to get a feel of things so that they can find fresh and clean food. If you ever have to feed a goat, you will learn that they refuse to even eat hay that has been sitting out all day or has been walked on by humans or other animals.
Buy fresh goat milk and other goat products, including goat milk soap for sensitive skin at Eichers Hobby Farm.