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By Elizabeth Odell

The Other Udder

An increasing number of dairy goats are hopping onto milking stands


Dana Dameswood

Over 10,000 years ago, goats provided hair, hide, meat and milk for the nomadic tribesmen who domesticated the animal. In addition to those purposes, present day goats serve as pack animals, companion pets and 4-H/FFA projects for youth. Their unique browsing habits control unwanted vegetation, plus the pelleted droppings are an excellent fertilizer. Goats also offer a feasible option for hobby farm enthusiasts. Current breeds are varied in size and color, with docile personalities and desirable genetic traits.

Founded in 1904, the American Dairy Goat Association recognized and registerd ei...

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