"he keeps them very clean and gives them salt"

Saanen goat in the Bernese Oberland
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeSaanen goat in the Bernese Oberland - Credit: Irmgard
In order to stay healthy, animals need salt (sodium chloride) in their diet just like people do. A group of animals known as ruminants has a particular liking for salt. Goats, cattle and sheep are all ruminants.

Breeds of dairy goat found in Switzerland include Toggenberg, Alpine, Saanen and Oberhasli.