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COLLECTION GOAT HANDBOOK ORIGIN United States DATE INCLUDED June 1992 Extension Goat Handbook This material was contributed from collections at the National Agricultural Library However users should direct all inquires about the contents to authors or originating agencies DOCN 000000002 NO A-2 TI ALL ABOUT GOATS AU G F W Haenlein U of Delaware Newark RV D L Ace Pennsylvania State U University Park DE The Goat Industry ALL ABOUT GOATS Text 1 Distribution The goat is one of the smallest domesticated ruminants which has served mankind earlier and longer than cattle and sheep It is managed for the production of milk meat and wool particularly in arid semitropical or mountainous countries In temperate zones goats are kept often rather as supplementary animals by small holders while commercially cows or buffaloes are kept for milk cheese and meat and sheep for wool and meat production Nonetheless there are more than 460 million goats worldwide presently producing more than 45 million tons of milk and 12 million tons of meat besides mohair cashmere leather and dung and more people consume milk and milk products from goats worldwide than from any other animal Cheese production eg from goat milk even in France Greece Norway and Italy is of economic importance Goat herds on the other hand low producing though are an expression of capital assets and wealth in Africa and Asia where they are found in large numbers In the United States there are between 2 and 4 million head with Texas leading in Angora meat and bush goats and California leading in dairy goats 2 Goats can survive on bushes trees desert scrub and aromatic herbs when sheep and cattle
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