by Gary Pfalzbot
August, 8th, 2013
About the Author
In conducting a large amount of research over the years, it becomes easy to amass a large amount of knowledge, and suddenly begin to feel that there really isn't that much more left to learn. That is primarily how a lot of us feel, but I think that many of us also know that it is also a point where you really begin learning more since you are able to apply what you've already learned.
Unfortunately in the goat industry, or to be specific, the "sheep and goat" industry, for a great number of years, research done regarding goats alone was rather minimal. Much of what was researched and learned in the 1930's and earlier, was/still is in practice today by and large. I began to notice more research interest in goats toward the late 90's, and I'm happy to report that I've seen this trend continue into 2014 at a slightly more accelerated rate than it previously had.
Many of the larger colleges, Cornell University for example, have made tremendous strides in recent goat research efforts as well as many outstanding web sites that focus on sheep and goats. Yet, despite the increase in research, there still exists a void of veterinarians that choose to specialize in goats, or at least include them in their expertise. This perhaps is a partial reason that there is so much "mis-information" regarding goats, and until a person really becomes familiar with them, the mis-information often applies.
Most of my research having to do with GoatWorld and the related content, is based upon a wide cross section of both old and new research, as well as my own personal experiences and that of others I have met along the way. Everyday, science leads us a little bit closer to unravelling many mysteries, and this of course includes goats.
Researching Goats using GoatWorld
Using the search engines on GoatWorld, you can look up specific keywords. There are a vast number of pages in the search results, that include virtually every message forum post from the inception of GoatWorld on the Internet. Because my time is rather limited and focused on the overall operation of GoatWorld, I can no longer field research requests.
About the author: Gary Pfalzbot is a Service Connected Disabled Veteran and the web master of GoatWorld as well as some other web sites. He has raised goats over the years, been involved with 4-H (as a young boy) and currently resides in Colorado where he and his wife Pam raise a few breeds of goats and other animals, and primarily author the GoatWorld web site to continue to inform, educate, and promote the industry.