Real World Gardener Keeping Goats in Suburbia

July 28th, 2017

 

THE GOOD EARTH

Keeping Goats with Robyn Rosenfeldt editor of PIP permaculture magazine

Have you ever kept a sheep goat or pig in your backyard in suburbia?

Sounds a bit far fetched but I do remember see a couple of sheep keeping the lawn down in the front yard of near where I used to live which was only 8km from the CBD.

So what questions should you ask yourself about goat keeping and why would you want to anyway?

What are the benefits?

On the line is Robyn Rosenfeldt, editor of PIP magazine whose standing by to answer all these questions and more.

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Hello and welcome to Real World Gardener Robyn.

 

First why keep a goat or two in suburbia?

 

How much space do you need for say 2 goats?

 

Do You Want to Keep Goats So That You Will Never Have to Mow Your Lawn?

 

If so, think again. Goats will eat your rosebushes clean, carefully devouring every single leaf and flower. However, they’re not going to mow your lawn.

 

They’ll nibble at grass here and there in a sort of unorganized fashion, creating a look very similar to Rod Stewart’s hairstyle.

 

How much work is involved? Ie milking, feeding, building a goat pen?

 

Do goats make good pets?

Do I need to exercise my goat and take my goats for a walk?

What information does the prospective goat buyer need before getting their first goat?

 
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