1. Where did the name Goat Berries come from?

If you’re asking this, I’m guessing you’re not exceedingly familiar with raising goats. Certainly no shame in that! We’re all here to learn right?

Anyway, goat berries are the euphemistic term for goat poop. For those who don’t know, goat feces might be the cutest sh*t you’ll ever see as it is dropped in little round, well-formed pellets, at least in healthy goats.

Indeed, any change in this quaint formation, and you can be sure that something is going on with the goat’s health. It most likely isn’t serious as changes in feed or eating patterns can cause such differences, but if it lasts for more than a day, you need to look more closely at your goat and what could be making him or her sick.

2. Who are you and where are you located?

I’ve written about this on the About page, but if you have further questions after that, feel free to use the contact form to ask.

3. What is your goal in raising goats?

I’ll be writing some more in-depth posts about this as time goes on, but for now, we are hoping to supply ourselves with milk and other dairy products; we’re not looking to sell anything or make anything else right now, but truth be told, I’d love to make some soap and other beauty products just for myself.

4. Are there big differences between raising goats in America and raising goats in Italy?

I’ve never raised goats in America, but from what I’ve read, there are some pretty big differences, starting with the fact that an Italian goat farmer doesn’t bottle-feed kids unless absolutely necessary; this isn’t to say that all American goat caretakers bottle-feed, but from what I understand it’s much more common there than here.

I’m sure there are other differences, and I look forward to learning about and sharing them here.

5. Do the goats have other animal playmates?

We have two dogs, Luna and Stella, but they are house dogs. We also have chickens, rabbits, and ducks, but none of them play with the goats.

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Goats that readers have spotted out and about. Send your photos to michelle(at)goatberries(dot)com! 

Baby the Goat in Georgia
Anguillian Goats
Goats in Central Park Zoo, NYC
Goats goats goats galore!
Tuscan goat
Goat on donkey (no not in that way)
Oman goat
Goat in tree in Africa
Testa Dura Goat Cheese
Goat at Maine Fiber Frolic 2011