Originally Posted by Alaska_Seth
I read about a guy in Alaska using yaks like they do in Asia.
I think the problem with Yak and Goats is that if you are hunting a cattle leased piece of BLM the rancher could accuse you of livestock tresspass.
Maybe I am just getting my panties in a wad, but it is something to look into.
Call the Game Warden, BLM Ranger and Forest Service LEO.
Yep, ur panties are wadded up.
The Yak may be a problem due possible diseases that could affect cattle.
Goats are no problem. Cattlemen recognize that they don't compete w/cattle for forage. Many cattlemen use them for weed control.
Llamas are plentyful around here. There is a glut due to the initial interest but for some reason it has waned.
The smaller the pack animal the smaller the resources necessary for support.
One can haul 5-6 goats in what it takes to haul a couple of burros or llamas. No feed is necessary to be packed for goats and I suppose llamas.
Weed free hay is necessary to be packed for burros and horses.
Llamas and most donkeys need to be lead. Goats simply trail along, browse and keep you in sight.
Goats don't like crossing water and have to be trained to do so. Same for some donkeys and horses though most probably not as much trouble as goats. But once its done its done. Don't know about llamas.
Fences need to be better for goats than others unless electric is used.
A ton of hay keeps three growing goats butter ball fat over a long winter. My horse(s) went through a ton a month each.
Goats seem to go a couple of days w/o water. Depends on moisture in browse.
Some goats need their hair clipped. Most purebreds don't.
I don't think Llama's feet need trimmed. Goats are easy. Burros are onle a little more difficult.