I have an area which is 30' to 60' feet and in it, I wish to keep some goats for a good supply of milk. This leaves me with some questions.

I know that my area is a bit small so how many goats can I keep in such a limited area?

Concerning hooves, soil erosion and overgrazing, which animal is easier to keep, goat or sheep?


The standard is 15-20 feet per goat. I think no more than 3 goats, but you could get a lot of milk from them. Do they have an indoor area to stay at night? Sheep are harder on the land, causing more erosion and overgrazing, because they prefer the grass and pull out roots. Goats prefer brushy, woody plants and weeds. I have not had sheep, but I believe that goat hooves have to be trimmed more frequently. The people I know with sheep never trim the hooves. But hoof trimming is not difficult.


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Cheryl K. Smith


Goat Health Care; basic goat management. Author of Goat Health Care (2009) and Raising Goats for Dummies (2010)


Publisher of Goat Health Care, www.goathealthcare.com. I have raised miniature dairy goats since 1998. I published Ruminations, the Nigerian Dwarf and Mini Dairy Goat magazine for 7 years and mentor other goat owners, as I was mentored for my first years.

American Goat Society (AGS), The Miniature Goat Registry (TMGR)

Raising Goats for Dummies (author) Goat Health Care (Editor and Author), Ruminations, Dairy Goat Journal, Issues in Law and Medicine, Topics in Health Records Management, Oregon Bar Bulletin, Midwifery Today, Countryside

BS, Health Information Administration JD, Law

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