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Date:10/24/2014 2:36:26 AM
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Goats~The New Black in farm Animals
"You raise Goats?" I often get asked. I smile knowingly and proudly state, "Yes, I do." Goats are the up and coming trend, they are not only in vogue, but in restaurants everywhere. After all, goat meat is higher in protein and has less fat than beef or chicken. Most Americans do not realize goat is the number one consumed meat in the world.

Besides the culinary aspects of goat, they are replacing the more expensive animals in the show rings, like horses and steers. Showing goats is fast becoming a trendy, fun fad. Goats are smaller in size and cheaper to feed than your more common show stock. Also, for young children, they are easier to handle and less dangerous than the larger show ring frequenters.

The Myotonic, aka: "Fainting Goats" that we raise at Raven's Rest Farm in Florida, make great show ring eye candy as well as wonderful pets. They are a gentle, docile breed of goat. They do not chase nor headbutt us. The Fainting Goat is an American classic that is listed on the ALBC Rare Breeds list. Due to it's increasing popularity, the rareness of the Fainting Goat may become a thing of the past. The numbers of new goat breeders across America has steadily increased over the last ten years. I believe it's due to the goat's meat and also dairy products it provides us, as well as their popularity with farmers.

So for those of you considering a new farming adventure, step up the plate and say, "Yahhh to the Bahhh!" I have never regretted my decision to raise goats and I cannot imagine life without them.
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