Feral Goat

Current Feral Goat records are as follows:
Position Name Score Date Location
1st Michael Dawson 127 ⅜ 13/11/1994 Coromandel
2nd Tim Cassaidy 126 ⅜ 21/01/2018 Aria
3rd Andrew Duncan 120 ¼ 27/04/2005 East Coast
4th= Mark Philpott 120 Nov. 1975 Hunua Range
4th= Cody Lloyd 120 14/02/2018 Northland
6th Melissa Waugh 117 ⅜ 26/11/2011 Northland
7th Stuart Brown 116 ⅞ Aug. 1988 Hawkes Bay
8th Tony Hopkins 115 ¾ 16/06/2007 Kaimai Ranges
9th Mark Benefield 114 ¼ 1978 Raetihi
10th Simon Bullivant 113 ½ 28/11/2009 Northland
11th Paul Cornwall 113 ⅜ Jan. 1979 Nuhaka
12th Scott Sisam 112 ⅝ 5/04/2011 East Cape
13th Mike Cassaidy 112 10/10/2010 Kaimai
14th Zane Collins 111 ¾ 15/02/2014 Pelorus Sound
15th Philip Bullivant 111 ½ 11/10/1986 King Country
16th Peter Turner 111 ¼ Jan. 2002 Taihape
17th Gary Cryer 110 ¾ 26/08/1989 King Country
18th Ken Sewell 110 ⅛ 30/06/1979 Marakopa
19th= Craig Robertson 110 3/01/1997 Tutamoe Northland
19th= Wayne Bovey 110 5/09/1998 Turakina Valley
21st Ray Worters 109 ¾ 2017 Tolaga Bay
22nd Mark Philpott 109 ⅛ 7/04/69 Waingaro
23rd Pat Upton 109 25/10/08 Otangaroa Northland
24th Ray Worters 108 ¾ 2/02/19 East Coast
25th John Dent 108 ⅝ Sep. 1984 Dargaville
About Goats

The goat is a member of the family Bovidae and is closely related to the sheep as both are in the goat-antelope subfamily Caprinae. There are over 300 distinct breeds of goat and are among the earliest animals domesticated by humans.

Female goats are referred to as “does” or “nannies”, intact males as “bucks”, “billies”, or “rams” and their offspring are “kids”. Castrated males are “wethers”.

Most goats naturally have two horns, of various shapes and sizes depending on the breed. Goats have horns unless they are “polled” (meaning, genetically hornless) or the horns have been removed, typically soon after birth.

Goats reach puberty between three and 15 months of age, depending on breed and nutritional status. Gestation length is approximately 150 days. Twins are the usual result, with single and triplet births also common.

Goats are extremely curious and intelligent. They are also very coordinated and widely known for their ability to climb and hold their balance in the most precarious places. This makes them the only ruminant able to climb trees, although the tree generally has to be on somewhat of an angle.

Life expectancy for goats is between fifteen and eighteen years. An instance of a goat reaching the age of 24 has been reported.