I have a string of 9 goats. they are very little hassle. It costs me less than $500 a year to keep them. They can carry 25% of their weight for up to 12 miles a day depending on the terrain. PM me and i will answer any questions you might have. I can also give you some ideas on how to aquire them.
Ahh... Goat packing. I could go on forever.. Love'm. Go with Saanen, Oberhasli, or Alpine. Get a whether not a billy, because yes... they do stink. Newborn is a better man than I, I could never do that many. I have had as much as 3 but found 2 is better for me personally. But he probably packs with his. I mainly hunt with mine.4-5 days on the max end is all I do. But they are tremendous and great to have along. Let me know if I can help. I have always purchase previously trained goats, never went ground up.
Mine do not have horns, though it is supposed to be good for them, keeps them cooler I guess. Heat is not much of a problem where I am though and I have little ones, kids 6 and 2. Just didn't want to chance.
I guess when I say I use them for hunting I mean small pack trips. They usually carry 30-35 pounds and I'll Carry15-20. That way I can load them with a little more and I can carry the rest sound I have some luck. You've obviously heard about the decoy aspect. It's true and I must say pretty nice. I owe a few animals to them. But I guess they have cost me some too so it balances out.
So how do you pack gear or whatever on the goats? I assume there is some kind of bags like that are used on dogs.
Oh no. I have pack saddles baby.... Lol. Crossbuck saddles.
Boy... Sorry cant answer that one. I have not tries that.
Interesting thread as I really didn't know much about pack goats. I just received my 2013 Colorado Sheep & Goat brochure and noticed something on page 3...it says "Leave your pack goats at home when hunting sheep". Seems they are concerned about spreading certain diseases from domestic goats to wild sheep. I knew about the problems with domestice sheep and wild sheep, but not about the domestic goats. Just thought you should know.
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