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Sheep vs. goats
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JWT    Posted 11-18-2002 at 12:47:46       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Whats the difference tween a sheep and a goat? And which one makes better eaten?

Dan    Posted 09-02-2004 at 15:28:02       [Reply]  [No Email]
ok seems like everyone has an opinion on which animal they like better, I raise both sheep and goats and as far as taste is concerned sheep/lamb has more of an greasy oily taste and texture and has a bit of a different aftertaste, and goat (or chevon, cabrito) tastes very similar to lean beef, if you've eaten beef most of your life, I would say you would definenly prefer goat....but try them both...let your taste buds decide

Jaime    Posted 09-30-2003 at 10:26:42       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Sheep are soooo much better! A friend of mine, James, said that if he had to choose, Sheep would definitely be best since they are so much cuter and they always follow you no matter where you go. Goats may be cute as babies but every one knows that as they grow they just get uglier and no one wants an ugly animal.
Plus, goat meat is just nasty to eat and no one likes it. So there! Sheep are better!

S G    Posted 07-24-2004 at 08:59:17       [Reply]  [No Email]
Sheep and goats rule the world. Together, they are unstoppable. Either one is superior to you.

Tom a    Posted 11-19-2002 at 05:12:58       [Reply]  [Send Email]
What's the difference between a cat and dog? dunno how to explain that one.

But, they're similar critters. I've got some of each. The goats are fun, very smart. They prefer to eat brush and brambles, but will eat grass if it is around. Sheep are not very smart, and prefer to eat grass, but will eat brush and brambles if it is around. Goats are harder to fence and keep in, but they are hardier. Sheep are easier to fence in, but aren't quite as hardy.

Taste is a matter of taste. I'm not fond of either meat. I am fond of goat milk, though, when it is handled properly (kept clean, chilled quick) it is creamy, and tasty. Sheep'll give you wool, although the market for small amounts is not all that great.

My personal preference: I'll stick to goats in the future...they're just a little more flexible for what I need.


Kansas Kid    Posted 11-18-2002 at 19:09:11       [Reply]  [No Email]
We had some muttin once and it wasnt the best. We also recently tried some goat steaks a friend of mine gave me and they wasnt to bad.

DeadCarp    Posted 11-18-2002 at 18:16:48       [Reply]  [No Email]
Never had any sheep, but "goat" is the ancient word for "Domestic Terrorist" :)

Oh, and vegetarian? - that's an old Indian word meaning 'lousy hunter.'

Les...fortunate    Posted 11-18-2002 at 15:04:07       [Reply]  [No Email]
Sheep are stupid, goats are pretty smart. Sheep are "grubbers", goats are browsers. Both of them are a nuisance. Given my choice, I would rather have sheep.
As far as eating goes, I would be happy if I never ate either one ever again.
On the other hand, there's nothing cuter than little lambs or goats playing.

Donna from Mo    Posted 11-18-2002 at 14:25:00       [Reply]  [No Email]
Sheep are much harder to keep healthy. It always seemed to me if you looked at them wrong, they'd die! Goats are hardy and lots more fun. I'd rather eat chevon than mutton, but I'm sure that's just a matter of opinion. Of course, sheep won't climb on your husband's restored tractor and get you yelled at, either... goats will!

Fawteen    Posted 11-18-2002 at 18:36:37       [Reply]  [No Email]
Can't stand mutton, never had goat, but IMHO, it's hard to beat lamb for good eatin'.

As to sheep being delicate, I've heard that too, but it depends on the breed.

I raise Shetlands, which are a primitive breed, rugged as heck, all I do is worm them twice a year, trim their hooves when I worm them, and shear them in the spring. I keep a little DECOX in their loose salt to ward off coccidiosis, and that's it. Little to no lambing assistance, very low lamb mortality, essentially no hassle.

Another consideration is that (in my limited experience) sheep are MUCH easier to keep fenced than goats. Goats are TOO smart, little bustards will be out every time you turn around. And yes, I've had goats, just never ate em.

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