Feral Goat

Current Feral Goat records are as follows:

Position Name Score Date Location
1st Michael Dawson 127 ⅜ 13/11/1994 Coromandel
2nd Andrew Duncan 120 ¼ 27/04/2005 East Coast
3rd Mark Philpott 120 Nov. 1975 Hunua Range
4th Melissa Waugh 117 ⅜ 26/11/2011 Northland
5th Stuart Brown 116 ⅞ Aug. 1988 Hawkes Bay
6th Tony Hopkins 115 ¾ 16/06/2007 Kaimai Ranges
7th Mark Benefield 114 ¼ 1978 Raetihi
8th Simon Bullivant 113 ½ 28/11/2009 Northland
9th Paul Cornwall 113 ⅜ Jan. 1979 Nuhaka
10th Scott Sisam 112 ⅝ 5/04/2011 East Cape
11th Mike Cassaidy 112 10/10/2010 Kaimai
12th Zane Collins 111 ¾ 15/02/2014 Pelorus Sound
13th Philip Bullivant 111 ½ 11/10/1986 King Country
14th Peter Turner 111 ¼ Jan. 2002 Taihape
15th Gary Cryer 110 ¾ 26/08/1989 King Country
16th Ken Sewell 110 ⅛ 30/06/1979 Marakopa
17th= Craig Robertson 110 3/01/1997 Tutamoe Northland
17th= Wayne Bovey 110 5/09/1998 Turakina Valley, Wanganui
19th Mark Philpott 109 ⅛ 7/04/1969 Waingaro
20th Pat Upton 109 25/10/2008 Otangaroa, Northland
21st John Dent 108 ⅝ Sep. 1984 Dargaville
22nd Paul Huxtable 108 ½ 3/01/2003 Kaimai Range
23rd Len Purser 108 Sep. 1965 Huntly
24th Ronald Kimber 107 ⅝ 3/11/1999 East Coast
25th Ronald Kimber 107 ½ 3/11/1999 East Coast
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.