How do goats help our environment?
Most goats eat underbrush like tree leaves, some
weeds, and many grasses. After eating these weeds and plants, goats convert its
biomass into milk. If someone were to use a fossil-fuel powered lawnmower or
"weed-eater," they would hurt the environment in the following ways:
But if a dairy goat ate the underbrush, the weeds
and other plants would be converted into milk, a fuel for either humans or other
animals. No pollution would be expended, and most goats are quiet.
- Pollution, such as carbon dioxide,
sulfur oxides, hydrocarbons, etc., would be created
- Excess noise would be generated
- The biomass in the dead grass and weeds
would be left to decay into the soil to provide nutrients for new
weeds to grow, thus re-creating the weed-growth cycle.
In some parts of the country, dairy goats are
hired out to work as weed-eaters. This provides the preceding environmental
benefits on a larger scale.
Also, goats are far more efficient than cows.
This means that for every gram of feed given to a goat, an average goat will
produce more milk with it than an average cow would.