There are a wide variety of goats kept as farm animals or as backyard pets. Some people keep small pygmy goats as pets. Others, like the Snyder family, also keep goats to produce milk, cheese and others products.
Tricia Snyder teaches classes in goat management and has seen the interest in working with goats increase steadily over the past few years.
"The most important thing is make sure you get a disease-free goat," Snyder said. "There's a lot of goats that have diseases around, so you want to make sure you have a goat that's from a good, healthy farm. The other thing is to know how to care for a ruminate animal since they have four stomachs, you want to know how to care for them correctly. More and more people want to learn how to care for them correctly because they are an investment and have a long lifespan."
Goats are also smarter than you might think and become even more interesting once you get to know them.
Goats are not for everyone, but if you would like to know more about them you can contact a local 4-H group in your area and visit a few so you understand what you are getting in to.