Goats and Sheep are gentle, sensitive animals who are emotionally complex and highly intelligent.
Like us, goats and sheep experience fear when they are separated from their social groups or approached by strangers, their heart rates increase when approached by a dog.
Farming ethically as we do means we care about this, when we are herding them we do not pounce on them and startle them out of their skin, we call out to them first with an unusual call that can only be found here at the home of Rare Breed Goats. (Just take a walk along the country lane that passes our home and you will hear for yourself).
When they are chewing their cud in the field we sit and enjoy five minutes break with them, this allows our animals to relax and know we are no threat, they also get used to me or as my wife says "you been hugging goats again? as you smell like them" this is obviously not true ;-) ... and when new arrivals come onto the holding they are quarantined as to keep our other animals safe, but this can be a traumatic time for the new comers (strange place, smells and this daft bloke that talks to them), so we spend time getting them to relax and bond with me, this is an important part of our farming time.