Tree-climbing goats disperse seeds by spitting

By: Ecological Society of America

In dry southern Morocco, domesticated goats climb to the precarious tippy tops of native argan trees to find fresh forage. Local herders occasionally prune the bushy, thorny trees for easier climbing and even help goat kids learn to climb. During the bare autumn season, goats spend three quarters of their foraging time “treetop grazing.”

RFID for Sheep and Goats

By: Susan Schoenian

There are many reasons to identify sheep and goats, including record keeping, proof of ownership, registration and traceability. There are numerous options to do this: ear tags (of many kinds), paint brands or marks, ear notches, neck chains and collars, and tattoos. RFID is becoming an increasingly popular method.

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Dairy goat industry grows to keep up with demand for cheese

By: Kristine M. Kierzek, Special Contributor

Thirty years ago, if you were looking for goat cheese, you likely went to a specialty cheese shop. The cheese was probably imported from France. Today, Wisconsin is the country’s nation’s largest producer of goat cheese, and the industry is growing. While cows have always been part of the dairy state landscape, dairy goats fill more of the scene than ever before.  

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