Monday, April 5, 2010
But the goats were not lazy! They really wanted the treats. So Mom had to go inside the building and get quarters from a machine there. And after that, she could give treats to the goats.
1. Goats give milk which is easy to digest, and it can also be made into butter and cheese.
2. Goat meat is yummy to eat.
3. Goat hair can be made into sweaters and stuff.
4. Goat skins can be used to hold water or wine or to make parchment.
5. Goats can be used as pack animals.
6. Goat horns can be made into spoons.
Some people say that goat meat tastes like lamb, but other people say it tastes like other kinds of meat. You can stew it, bake it, grill it, barbecue it, fry it, curry it, or make sausage out of it. Mom ate goat meat one time when she was in Peru visiting the girl she sponsors there. The goat meat that Mom ate was stewed with some veggies and stuff. Mom thought it tasted pretty good. I never ate any goat meat before, but I wish I had some to eat. I don't care how it is fixed or even if it is raw. All I know is that writing about it is making my mouth water!
Goats themselves don't eat meat because they are vegetarians. They like to browse on shrubs and weeds. They don't usually eat grass, like cows do. Goats' favorite hay to eat is alfalfa. At the zoo on Saturday, Mom and Aunt LaDene saw the keeper fill up the goats' manger with alfalfa. The keeper told Mom and Aunt LaDene what all the goats' names were, but Mom forgot all the names except for the name of one pygmy goat, which was Shirley.
A goat's stomach has four different parts. These parts are named the rumen, the reticulum, the omasum, and the abomasum. I guess goats need all these stomachs in order to digest tough stuff like weeds and shrubs, but it all seems pretty complicated to me. I'm glad I don't have four stomachs because I might get confused about which one to use when. Oh, and did you know that goats' intestines are used sometimes to make "catgut"? Catgut is what doctors use to sew up your wounds, and it's also used to make strings on musical instruments.
Goats are very curious about stuff, and that's why they are always checking new things out with their lips and tongues. Goats are smart, too, and you can teach them to pull carts or walk on a lead, just like a dog. Also they can climb on stuff, like trees and fences. There are shows for goats, too, and they can win ribbons, but I don't think they do agility or lure coursing.
I told Mom I think maybe we should adopt a goat, but she said it's not a good idea because a goat would eat all her flowers. Also a goat might eat a hole in our fence or in the side of our house. One time on that TV show Hoarders, there was a woman who had goats, and the goats had eaten through the wall of her garage, so I know that this can really happen. And that's why I think Mom is right. We are better off without a goat in our family.