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I never imagined that I would be considering a hooved creature bedding down in my backyard. The idea of having a goat was just not something I thought possible in my urban homestead.
Another great homesteading topic that offers info on livestock. For many of us, the only thing that keeps us from keeping livestock is state regulations. It’s hard to argue with them in some cases because of how we live on top of each other now.
We also know at least one person who wouldn’t be the best caregiver for a goat. Still, America is seeing a resurgence in self-reliance and independence. I, personally, could not be happier.
Why do People Keep Goats?
Could it be the lawn mowing potential they carry or could it be the fact that they have incredible milk that can be used for many things? What about their zany personality. Goats can be very real comedians.
How far out of reach is a goat from your homestead or urban homestead? Have you approached your city zoning or even considered a goat for your property. While you might not be able to keep a horse or pigs, you might be surprised about the answer you get on your desire to keep a goat.
No Permit Needed?
A few years ago I was inspected for my chicken permit. Here in Virginia, you need a permit and inspection to keep chickens.
When my area was being inspected by Animal Control the man doing the inspection just casually mentioned
“You dont need a permit to keep goats. Nope. Permit for chickens but you can keep a goat if you wanted.”
At that moment I went from not being a goat person to really giving it some thought. Operating an urban homestead, I never really considered being prepared for milk production with a goat! Sometimes you just need to dig a little deeper.