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Department of Animal Science

Goat Program

Goat projects of many kinds are available to New York youth ages 5-19 through the Cornell Cooperative Extension program. For more information, contact your county CCE office or the address at the end of this page.

Owning a goat is a serious commitment – they live about as long as a large dog.

  • Dairy goat project
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    • If your family likes dairy products, dairy goats may be the perfect animals for you.
    • Though smaller than cows, they give family-sized amounts of milk daily.
    • They cost less to house and feed, are very affectionate and make great companions.
    • Like cows, they need to be milked twice a day.
  • Meat goat project
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  • Driving and pack goat projects
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      • Castrated male goats (wethers) can be trained to pull carts or carry packs.
      • Wethers have the same lifespan as a dog and require regular exercise.
      • Basic training of wethers should start at 2-3 months for packing or driving.

      • Pack goats

      • Driving goats
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        • By 2 years of age, he should be strong enough to pull a cart.
        • Training a driving wether usually takes 2 people. See Teaching Your Goat To Drive.
        • Driving equipment can be expensive, so research costs involved before making the decision.
        • Plans are available for building your own driving carts.
        • A 4-H Harness Goat Project Manual is available for your project.

  • Fiber goats
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    • A fiber goat project is perfect for someone who likes goats, wants to learn how to spin, and likes to knit or crochet.
    • All goats produce a fuzzy undercoat of soft wool in the winter to help keep them warm. This wool is called cashmere.
    • Some goats produce special fibers or wools in their coats that can be spun to make yarn.
    • Angora goats produce curly long wool called mohair.
    • Some goats produce so much cashmere that it is worth the time and effort to comb or shear it off them at the end of winter.
    • You can use females or castrated male goats for a fiber goat project.
    • A fiber goat’s fleece must be kept clean all winter and harvested every year.
    • Michigan State University offers an Angora Goat Project record book and a 22pg booklet entitled “Your Angora Goat Project”.

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