A short goat history lesson

Keeping goats makes you a bit of a weirdo in the farming world. All the regulations, data and medicines seem designed for pigs, sheep and cattle, with goats either not mentioned or featured as an afterthought. There are almost no vet medicines specifically designed and licensed for goats, for example, meaning we are almost always working from a sheep or cow dose when vaccinating and treating them. There is a reason of course, which is that goats are much, much less commonly kept as farm animals than cows, sheep and pigs. I was fascinated to discover recently that this wasn't always the case, though. Before the Enclosures Acts of the 18th and 19th Centuries, you would have seen goats grazing

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