'Working Goats'

Discussion in 'Pack and Working Goats' started by VickNick, Dec 26, 2017.

  1. VickNick

    VickNick Member

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    Oct 1, 2015
    So... exactly how much work can goats do? For example, do people train teams of goats to plow, mow, and so on? Seems like that'd be a useful application for a small farmer...
     
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  2. catharina

    catharina Catharina

    Mar 16, 2016
    Northern California
    I will be following this thread with great interest! Hoping for photos!
     
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  3. mariarose

    mariarose Well-Known Member

    They can't plow. I see no reason why well grown meat breed wethers can't pull a small harrow. Rolling stock (like a small wagon) is going to be easier for them than drag stock (like a sledge). But that depends on the ground. A good sled is easier on packed snow than any rolling stock.

    The harness type used is also very important, and how well it fits will be a make or break point.

    But no, they can't plow.
     
  4. catharina

    catharina Catharina

    Mar 16, 2016
    Northern California
    I encourage all of you to check out "Team Snazzy" an awesome beautifully matched goat team with polished horns & gorgeous harnesses!
     
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  5. Damfino

    Damfino Well-Known Member

    Dec 29, 2013
    Right behind you
    Goats might not be able to pull a breaking plow, but one or two goats could certainly handle a small cultivating plow for a garden. In fact, Hoegger's Supply used to sell them. If I grew a garden I'd be looking for one! A harness with some type of collar would be better than a breast pull style.
     
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  6. mariarose

    mariarose Well-Known Member

    That is true. Not the kind of plowing I was referring to but I was unclear
     
  7. goat girls

    goat girls Well-Known Member

    Dec 13, 2017
    New mexcico
    I would check out pack goat central for working goat info
     
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  8. VickNick

    VickNick Member

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    Oct 1, 2015
    That's cool - I'll look around for equipment when I'm ready to start training them. See, I have a dairy herd, and many of them are culls - I don't ever want to breed them again, based on various issues.... but can't bear to sell them etc as they're part of the family. I figure if I train them all into being some kind of 10 goat team or whatever haha, they'll be able to 'pull their weight' in some way or another. Even if they were just doing a leeeetle bit of work that I don't have to do manually, I'd love it.
     
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  9. Damfino

    Damfino Well-Known Member

    Dec 29, 2013
    Right behind you
    We love our pulling team! We don't make ours do any farm work, but we pleasure drive them a lot and we love to show them off in parades.

     
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  10. catharina

    catharina Catharina

    Mar 16, 2016
    Northern California
    I would LOVE to see a 10 goat team! You have GOT to do that!
     
  11. catharina

    catharina Catharina

    Mar 16, 2016
    Northern California
    Wow! I'm trying to figure out how to steal that & get it on my Facebook page!
     
  12. mariarose

    mariarose Well-Known Member

    Last edited: Dec 29, 2017
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    mariarose Well-Known Member

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  14. catharina

    catharina Catharina

    Mar 16, 2016
    Northern California
    Ugh, I'm too stupid to do anything with them if there isn't the little blue Facebook "f". :(:oops:
     
  15. catharina

    catharina Catharina

    Mar 16, 2016
    Northern California
    Won't let me drag them to the desktop either.:mad:
     
  16. mariarose

    mariarose Well-Known Member

    Copy the URL, go to your wall, click on Update your status (or whatever it says now) paste the URL, share. See what happens.

    It might work. You aren't out anything if it doesn't.
     
  17. catharina

    catharina Catharina

    Mar 16, 2016
    Northern California