Pack Animal Magazine

GOAT PACKING

You Can Pack With Goats?
GOAT PACKING

You Can Pack With Goats?

by Charlotte Zimmerman (Fall 2015)

“You can pack with goats? What a novel idea!” Those are usually the first words out of the mouth of someone who sees them on a trail for the first time.

We were avid backpackers, teaching our four children to enjoy the outdoors, when we learned that I had very bad knees. In fact, I was told that if I didn’t stop carrying anything over ten pounds immediately, I would be looking at surgery within five years. In 1993, that meant I would be lucky to be able to walk normally after surgery. I was 35.

That same fall, we learned about the possibly of goats. I don’t know what llamas cost now, but in 1994 they were around $3,000 a piece—compared to a goat at $50. We can feed fifteen goats on the same amount of food a day as one horse. We had limited funds and limited land, so goats it was...