BUT before you rush out and buy a goat please read this page carefully and the page on Goat Care and Health and always remember to ONLY BUY FROM A REGISTERED BREEDER and seriously consider applying for your own membership of the DGSA.
There are state and federal laws regarding the sale and movement of livestock and you need to be aware of the obligations on you as the purchaser and on the person selling you an animal. See: http://www.mla.com.au/Meat-safety-and-traceability/Livestock-identification/NLIS-sheep-and-goats and click on South Australia.
All properties where animals are kept must have a PIC (Property Identification Code). For information about obtaining a PIC and the requirement to have one, refer to http://www.pir.sa.gov.au/biosecuritysa/animalhealth/animal_identification/property_registration/frequently_asked_questions .
It is your right and duty to ask to see the current test results for both CAE and Johne's Disease before purchase of a goat (see the Health Regulations page).
Also, read the "Goat Health Brochure' produced by Animal Health Australia http://www.animalhealthaustralia.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/Goat-Health-Brochure.pdf
Contact the Society Secretary or Publicity Officer or look in the 'Studs of South Australia' pages to talk about goats and find out where you might start looking for your first goat. You can also find out where your nearest member lives for local advice and close help when you bring your goat home. The more information you can gather from experienced breeders, the less trouble and the more enjoyment you will get out of your goat ownership.
My goats don't have any special care, although they
are well fed - crushed oats every morning and lucerne or mixed
grain hay at all times, mineral lick blocks, and they have the
run of a large paddock during the day.
Jennifer Watkins ,
Glenforslan Twiggy"I bought Twiggy from Rosalie Skipper in July 2007, as a young mated goatling. On 2nd December 2007 she kidded one buck kid and has been in milk ever since. When I took this photo she had been in milk for four years. I used to milk her twice a day for the first year or so, then cut down to mornings only because it suited my schedule better. She still gives about 3 - 4 litres every morning, and shows no sign of abating.
My goats don't have any special care, although they are well fed - crushed oats every morning and lucerne or mixed grain hay at all times, mineral lick blocks, and they have the run of a large paddock during the day.
Jennifer Watkins ,