Question about goats and milk.

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by RubberChickenLubber, Apr 9, 2008.

  1. RubberChickenLubber

    RubberChickenLubber Songster

    Oct 19, 2007
    Newton, NC
    I may have a chance to get a pygmy goat. She's around a year old and has yet to be bred. I'm really wanting a dairy goat, and she's not a dairy breed. If I breed her, will she be milkable. (please forgive my ignorance) I don't really need a lot of milk.
  2. miss_thenorth

    miss_thenorth Songster

    Dec 28, 2007
    SW Ont, Canada
    I was considering them also. I can get two for free so I looked them up online to see if they would be suitable for milk. I don't have alot of room either, so that makes them attractive. I found this link, so I think I will at least try them for milk. I can't wait to get my fence done, and then they will be coming to join our hobby farm!! I think the only difficult thing would be getting used to milking them as their teats are smaller and would take some getting used to.
  3. helmstead

    helmstead Songster

    Mar 12, 2007
    Alfordsville, IN
    You CAN milk it, but it won't make much (prolly less than a pint per day) and also Pygmy teats are REALLY tiny, which can be hard on your hands.
  4. ksacres

    ksacres At Your Service

    Nov 16, 2007
    San Antonio TX
    Quote:Ditto this

    Pygmy goats are supposed to have really rich milk though. They are also used for crossing onto Nubians to make Kinder goats-a dual purpose breed.
  5. RubberChickenLubber

    RubberChickenLubber Songster

    Oct 19, 2007
    Newton, NC
    I looked around and dairy goats locally are $150+. I'm sure worth it, but I don't have that much to put into buying one. So I guess the dream will have to wait a while.
  6. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Crowing

    May 7, 2007
    Forks, Virginia
    Look for a cross bred doeling. They come cheaper then the pure breds. Call the local extention office and find the 4-H leader that might be raising goats. They will know of someone most likley in need of rehoming a goat due to kids loss of interest.

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by: