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Animals can be a key part of the homesteading lifestyle and few animals are as versatile as the goat. But which breed of goat can become a tricky question. Your needs are what drives your decision.
If your primary need is milk production, for example, breeds like the La Mancha or Alpine top the list. For those who need goats principally for a steady supply of meat, Boer or Kiko goats move to the fore. Cashmere and Angora goats are renowned for their fleece. And if you just want a little companionship, consider the Pygmy and Kinder breeds. In terms of versatility, most types of goats can be used to handle multiple needs.
One thing to remember, regardless of which breed is right for you, is that goats are herd animals, so expect to need more than one if you add them to your homestead.
The Urban Goat Story
Upon receiving an inspection for my 5 hens and their new coop, I exchanged friendly conversation with the man from animal control. He was pleased with the coop set up and was happy to give me the permit to keep up to 6 hens on my property, which is within the city limits.
As we talked he mentioned the fact that I could also keep a goat. Then he went on to tell me that there would be no permit needed to keep a goat on property. Very peculiar. No permit for goats but one for hens.
Was it the city calling my bluff? Not sure but it certainly changed the way I looked at my backyard in this small home with 1 acre of property.
Perhaps you, too, could keep goats and have access to fresh milk? We should not assume that we are limited in any form without doing our due diligence with the local zoning and animal control agencies.