Goat Cam: See what the goats get up to… When there are no people around!

You’re looking into our main milkers pen. This goat cam where the divas of the goat world spend their time, when they’re not out free-ranging on our hill-top farm. We keep three breeds of pedigreed goats: the white ones are British Saanens, originally from Switzerland, the brown-and-white-striped ones with short ears are British Toggenburgs, also from Switzerland, and the lovely ones (sorry, bias showing there! ; ) with the long floppy ears and Cleopatra-eyes are Anglo Nubians, originally from India and Pakistan.

More info about the Goat Cam & our goats:

The white one are pedigree British Saanens that originally come from Switzerland (Heidi goats ; ), the darker ones with long ears are pedigree Anglo Nubians from Africa. You’ll see that Nubians have longer ears to swish away flies, and dark udders so they won’t burn in the sun. The white goats have to have sun cream on their udders in the summer!)

Saanens give more milk, but Anglo Nubian milk is higher in butter fats and sweeter. Don’t get them started arguing about which is better.

Goats don’t mind the cold, but they hate the rain because they don’t have lanolin in their coats like sheep do! So on rainy days they prefer to lounge inside and eat our lovely chemical-free hay that we make right here on the farm. This is the best time to watch our goat cam.

The blocks on the wall are various mineral licks to keep them healthy.

Goats have a complex social herd structure. There will be an “alpha” female who is in charge, who eats first and butts the others away from the food until she has eaten her fill. Watch the goats – can you see which one is alpha?

Saanens produce the most milk, and are the most reliable through the winter months. But Nubies produce the sweetest milk – don’t get them started arguing about which is best! Toggies are just stroppy and boss everyone around. They have a wicked sweet tooth, and in their native habitat drive the whole herd to the better grazing, up where the mountain herbs are the sweetest.

Our spoiled ladies are out free-ranging during the day, when the weather is fine. (They hate the rain, so if it’s wet, you’ll see them on the goat cam. They range the 25 chemical-free acres of our farm, including the all-important woodland browsing. Goats are tree-browsers and not grass-grazers by nature, so it’s very important that they have access to trees and shrubs for full nutrient density in their milk.

They also get fed a GM-free, soya-free concentrate, that we have specially made up for us. A milking goat is the Olympic athlete of the animal world – we would no more expect a goat to milk after being purely fed on grass, than we would expect a child to run a marathon fed solely on chocolate cake! Just not enough nutrients there.

Our goats are beautiful, and vain. They like listening to Radio Two while they’re being milked. And they all have names, and not numbers. We keep the herd small, for that very reason. Goats are people too!

This live streaming goat cam is provided by Jake at Agricamera.

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