Posts tagged ‘Domestic Goat’

Where did the goat come from?

Goat

Domestic goats probably are descended from the wild Persian goats of Southeastern Asia.

The goat we see raised on many farms today probably were descended from the wild Persian goats that lived long ago on the high plateaus and rugged mountains of southern Asia.

Goats are closely related to sheep, and in many ways look like sheep.

One of the ways you may tell a goat from a sheep is by the long beard that grows on the chin of most goats.  The tail is shorter than a sheep’s and turns upward.  Goats do not grow as large as sheep.

Many people think that goats will eat anything.  It is true that goats will try to eat most things that other animals won’t.

But it isn’t true that they eat tin cans, as some people like to think.

They may, however, lick tin cans for the food they may contain and lick the glue on the backs of labels on the cans.

Goat’s milk and cheese made from it are important foods.  Probably more people throughout the world use goat’s milk than cow’s milk.

Goats are also raised for the long wool, which is woven into soft, warm cloth. Dick Rogers

What is a chamois?

Chamois

The chamois [pronounced SHAM ee] is a small, shy goat like antelope that lives in the high mountain of Europe and Western Asia.  It is about the size of a domestic goat.

The long, pointed hooves of this sure-footed creature are hollowed, or cupped, allowing it to make death-defying leaps from rock to rock and cling to the steep slopes of its ragged mountain home.

Chamois live in small herds  when feeding they post a sentinel which warns of the approach of danger by stamping and making a whistling sound that will send the whole world herd dashing off.

Chamois escape by leaping across wide ravines and racing at top speed up or down seemingly sheer cliffs, where few other animals can go.

A soft leather known as “shammy” or “chamois cloth” was once  made from chamois skin.  But because the chamois is rare, most shammies are now made from sheep skin instead. – Dick Rogers