The goat has been introduced by man all over the world, except in the polar regions. Worldwide there are about 450 million, spread over about two hundred different races. In their native dry habitats they were mainly kept for meat and hides. It was later discovered that the goat is capable of producing large quantities of milk. For people who are allergic to cow’s milk, goat’s milk is usually a good substitute. The milk contains about the same fat and protein content as cow’s milk. Goat’s milk is easier to digest. A goat can give an average of three liters of milk per day.
In the past, goats were often kept by poor people, instead of much more expensive cows. But goats are choosy. They like to eat grass, herbs, vegetables, plant shoots, leaves and tree bark.