Behaviour of Goat

About Goat

Goats are considered small livestock animals, compared to bigger animals such as cattle, camels and horses, but larger than micro livestock such as poultry, rabbits, cavies, and bees


Goats are extremely curious and intelligent. They are also very coordinated and widely known for their ability to climb and hold their balance in the most precarious places. This makes them the only ruminant able to climb trees, although the tree generally has to be on somewhat of an angle.


Buck: male goat that is sexually matured.

Billy: intact male goat.

Doe/nanny: female goat that is sexually matured.

Wether: castrated male.

Kid: young one of goat.

Kidding: act of giving birth to young one.

Flock: herd or group of goat.

Chevon: meat of goat.

Scurs: small hornlike tissue attached to the skin of polled or dehorned animals

Feeding behaviour

Goats are reputed to be willing to eat almost anything, including tin cans, paper posts and cardboard boxes. While goats will not actually eat inedible material, they are browsing animals, not grazers like cattle and sheep, and (coupled with their highly curious nature) will chew on and taste just about anything remotely resembling plant matter to decide whether it is good to eat, including cardboard, clothing and paper (such as labels from tin cans). Another possibility is goats are curious about the unusual smells of leftover food in discarded cans or boxes.


Goats can live 12-14 years and have been known to live far longer.

Reproductive behavior

Onset of Puberty 6 - 12(months)
Optimum breeding age12 – 18 (months)
Sexual Season Short day breeder
Estrous cycle 21 days
Estrus 2 – 14 (days)
Metestrus 3 – 5 (days)
Dioestrus 7 – 10 (days)
Proestrus 2 (days)
Ovulation type Spontaneous
Ovulation time Last day of estrus
Pregnancy 147 – 149 (days)

Estrus detection in Does

  • » Does do not mount and stand to be mounted as often as cattle do.
  • » Estrus females seek out the mate
  • » Exhibit constant bleating and restlessness
  • » Loss of appetite
  • » Rubbing up against herd mates
  • » Redness and swelling around the vulva
  • » Thin mucus discharge from the vulva

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