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According to federal records nearly 1 million goats were killed for their meat last year in the U.S. alone, though experts believe that this number only represents 50-60% of actual goat slaughter. Because goats are commonly killed by “backyard butchers” or in ritual religious facilities, many goats killed for meat are unaccounted for. Though they can naturally live 12-14 years, goats used for meat are killed between 12 and 20 weeks old, sometimes even as young as 1 week old.

In addition to being raised for meat, goats are often used for milk production. Some consumers have switched to drinking goats’ milk because they are allergic to cow’s milk. According to allergy expert, Dr. Scott Sicherer, “More than 90% of the time, people allergic to cow’s milk are allergic to goat’s milk.” Others choose goat’s milk under the belief that it is more humane than cow’s milk. In fact, every animal welfare problem that exists in the cow milk industry also exists in the goat milk industry. Like all mammals, goats must be pregnant or have recently given birth in order to produce milk. Babies are taken from their mothers so that her milk can be sold. When mothers are no longer producing enough milk to be profitable, she is sent to be slaughtered.

Goats are naturally playful and curious animals. They love to explore, forage, climb, and frolic. They can be very affectionate towards their fellow goats as well as humans. Our goat residents at Charlie’s Acres are frequent favorites among visitors due to their friendly personalities and inquisitive nature.



– Goats have long, horizontal pupils, which allows their line of vision to stay level with the horizon so that when their heads are down to graze, they can still see danger coming from almost all the way around them.

– Goats are very social and can become depressed if they are separated from their companions.

– Goats are inquisitive and use their lips to investigate the world around them. They will nibble on just about anything but are actually very picky when it comes to eating.

– Goats are ruminants, meaning they have a four chambered stomach. After eating, goats will regurgitate their meal from the first chamber to chew it a second time. This allows them to get a lot of nutrients out of low-quality food.


Goats are clever, inquisitive, sweet, and endlessly entertaining. Their natural curiosity and intelligence can sometimes make them challenging to keep as pets, but a little extra knowledge (and proper fencing!) will help you and your goats live harmoniously together. Click here for more information about how to keep your goats happy and healthy.


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