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Milking sheep or goats?

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by Jesusfreak101, Apr 3, 2016.

  1. Jesusfreak101

    Jesusfreak101 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    deciding to get sheep or goats for milking will doubles as meat if we cant sale lambs or kids
     
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

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    Goats are friendlier and easier to handle, but harder to keep confined, so good fencing is a must. Sheep can be skiddish and erratic and prone to just running. I've had both, I have goats now, all boys for pets.

    Goats should milk easier than sheep based on teat shape, and goats will give more milk.

    Both have a temperamental digestive system so knowledge of proper feed is a must, as they can die easily from bloat, acidosis, and over eaters.

    Both need companionship from their own species, so get at least two at a time.

    Just a few points.
     
  3. Jesusfreak101

    Jesusfreak101 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I ok goats it is i cant chase them down when watching to kids lol. Thanks and ideal which breed of goat would be best for milking and all over taste of milk?
     
  4. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Sits With Chickens Premium Member

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    I haven't personally milked any goats, just cows, so others will hopefully give you some ideas, but I think Nubian, alpine and saanens are the best.
     
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    Thanks
     

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