There are nearly a billion goats in the world. That means three goats for every American or 3/4 of a goat for everyone in China or 15 goats for every Italian. Anyway you count it, that’s a lot of goats. And a lot of goat cheese.
The goat is closely related to the sheep, and with over 300 distinct breeds of goats, they are one of the oldest domesticated animals. Neolithic farmers began to herd wild goats for their meat and milk about 10,000 years ago.
Goat cheese came soon thereafter. In Italy, it has been made alongside Pecorino (sheep’s milk cheese) for centuries. Vacino, or cow’s milk cheese, came later – mainly because cow’s were easier to herd (despite the fact that goat milk is easier for humans to digest).
Yes, goats may have horns, beards, and bad attitudes, but we like them (and their cheese) regardless.
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