Sight

  • Very similar to sheep (see sheep)
  • They have a similar blind spot at the rear – but they are more difficult to catch using this area as they are generally more alert than sheep.
  • They can distinguish different colours – responding best to orange and worst to blue.

Hearing

  • Very sensitive to a range of sounds from the high-pitched squeals of kids to low-pitched snorts or foot stamping on the ground.
  • They have the ability to move their ears to locate the source of the sound.

Smell

  • Being browsers and highly selective grazers – goats have a keen sense of smell which aids in diet selection.
  • Goats will not eat mouldy or musty feed, and generally, avoid poisonous plants unless they are wilted and then seem to be more palatable.