This past week the “Goats Yelling Like Humans Supercut” seems to have taken the internet by storm, with over 4 million hits. All my friends keep emailing it to me because I’m the “goat person” … but no one seems to realize that at least six of these “goats” are actually sheep! Including the main thumbnail photo! What a shame. This is just another reason that Goat Show Doc is important – because so many people don’t actually have a clue what a goat looks like. No wonder goats get such a bad rap if they’re mistaken for sheep all the time.
Goats can’t help but be natural, and in doing so they benefit the environment just by existing. From consuming less water than most farm animals, to ridding properties of caustic and course roughages through grazing, the basic make-up of a goat seems genetically aligned with the “green” mindset. Further, the goat’s ability to thrive in the world’s harshest and most diverse environments brings such eco-friendly foundations to the globe’s most marginal and often impoverished populations.
Just by being themselves, goats do a great deal of green work for the world. So how are we living up to the subject of our documentary?
- Minimizing printing by using digital mediums, like iPad release forms, saving hundreds of paper sheets.
- When necessary, printing on recyclable paper.
- Eating humanely-raised meats.
- Using bio-degradable shampoo and conditioner.
- Driving a hybrid car and / or carpooling.
- Drinking fair-trade organic coffee.
- Relying on re-usable mugs, glasses, and bottles for beverages.
- Using re-chargeable batteries.
- Recycling and reusing all appropriate materials, such as our entire National Show booth.
- Not using air conditioning.
- Eating locally and drinking beer from nearby micro breweries.
- Purchasing carbon offsets to compensate for our air travel.
- Using seventh-generation toilet paper.
At the 2012 ADGA National Show, we helped you “go[at] green” by recycling your cans and bottles. Thank you to those of you who participated!
To further the theme of eco-stewardship with our film and followers, we will start posting a “green” tip of the week, regarding simple things YOU can do to help the earth. Feel free to submit your own tips (especially regarding goat ownership!) in the comments or via email: helena [at] goatshowdoc [dot] com
Breaking News, Everyone: The numbers are in!
2283 Goats will be at the 2012 American Dairy Goat National Show!
Of course, ADGA is still totaling some of the snail-mail entries, but 2283 is a great start! This is going to be awesome!
(Sable breeders – I still haven’t heard back from anyone about whether or not Sables made it, but I’ll let you know when I do)
Did you know that goats were one of the first domesticated animals? AND that the vast majority of milk consumed in the world is goat’s milk? Goats are very important to most of the world, even though they’re known as being a very small ‘niche’ market in America. They are especially important in mythology.
Today I found a great comic about one very important goat: Amalthea, the “foster-mother” of Zeus. Yes, the Father of all Gods and Men in Greek mythology was saved by goat’s milk! Check it out (click to enlarge):
Well there you have it! Next time you feature a horn of plenty on your Thanksgiving table, you can tell your family where it came from!
Comic By: Robert Crum, Jon Gorga, Brian Hardison, Nathanael Hauser and Betsy Mu (http://mythology.bolchazy.com/wordpress/?p=27)
We at GoatShowDoc love three things: Goats, timelapses, and GoPros. For those of you who have never heard of a GoPro before, it is a small HD camera that is rugged and waterproof, super easy to use and very popular with sports enthusiasts. You can mount it on a helmet, a surfboard, a car, a goat – you name it! On our way to San Francisco to interview Jennifer & Scott Bice and Jack & Pinky Hawes, we mounted a GoPro Hero2 and a Nikon D5000 to our dashboard. Both took pictures every 5 seconds so we could make this AWESOME timelapse of our trip.
Kudos to Trevor for putting this video together:
If you have a short attention span for timelapses, skip ahead to about minute 1:25. Our night arrival in San Francisco is pretty awesome looking. Also, if you like the music, check out Givers, one of Trevor and my favorite bands. The song is called “Saw You First.”
If you like what you see, please consider donating to our continued fundraising campaign: www.indiegogo.com/goatshowdoc. We’re $13,000 into our $35,000 goal. All of your money goes directly to the production of this film, including the recent purchase of two additional GoPros, so we can get tons of great timelapses of activity at the National Show. Thank you so much for your continued support.
The GoatShowDoc Crew
Check out this great news story about one goat’s march to save the Cubs and bring awareness to cancer!
Here are some more pictures from our stay at Redwood Hill Farm & Creamery in Sebastopol, CA! These are the adorable faces of Redwood Hill, as photographed by Julian Broudy:
Cute Saanen kid
More pictures coming soon!
I just came across a fun slideshow of pictures. I’m not sure what the whole story is, but here are some great pictures of 3-year-old Alpine-Pygmy “Cocoa” touring New York City.
Click here for the full slideshow: http://www.reuters.com/news/pictures/slideshow?articleId=USRTR30OF1#a=1
In a taxi…
Heading to the subway…
Dining in Little Italy.
How many farm animals would tolerate spending a day in such a crazy city? Goats are probably the only ones with such good dispositions