Goats are a versatile species, producing milk, meat, and fibre. While no single breed can supply more than two of these commodities with a high level of quality and/or quantity, most breeds are dual purpose. All breeds can provide companionship to humans and other livestock, serve as educational projects for children in 4-H or other youth activities, or can be utilized as environmentally friendly alternatives to chemicals for clearing brushy land. Goats also produce manure for the garden, hides and skins for the garment industry, and are used as pack animals for largely recreational purposes.
No matter what the breed, all goats have something in common - a need for good management. This includes adequate nutrition, shelter and care.