what is your favorite breed of dairy goats?

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by Destiny Nicole, Feb 28, 2013.

  1. Destiny Nicole

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    Hi there!
    I was just wondering what your guys' favorite breed of a dairy goat would be? Because someday I am going to get some milking goats and I want to pick a good breed!
     
  2. brahmabreeder

    brahmabreeder Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Nigerian Dwarf
     
  3. LovePolish2

    LovePolish2 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Nubians and Alpines :)
     
  4. pascopol

    pascopol Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you want very rich milk Nubian.

    If you want lot of milk Saanan

    Most other dairy goat breeds fall somewhat between.
     
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  5. Destiny Nicole

    Destiny Nicole New Egg

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    Why?
     
  6. Stacykins

    Stacykins Overrun With Chickens

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    I personally prefer the NDs. They produce great tasting milk in an amount that is reasonable for my use. I also like how they are a smaller goat. They are compact and adorable!
    The milk Nigerian Dwarves produce is almost ridiculously rich. Nubian milk has a butterfat content around 5% in their milk, while Nigerian milk can have up to 10% butterfat (ranges from 6-10%)!

    And Saanen's aren't the only huge producers out there. Any full sized dairy breed whose lines have been bred for milk production can produce copious amounts of milk. A saanen from a line with less emphasis on milking won't produce stellar amounts of milk.
     
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  7. TheCrazyClucker

    TheCrazyClucker Chillin' With My Peeps

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    LaManchas and Nubians :)
     
  8. punk-a-doodle

    punk-a-doodle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What kind of climate do you live in? Would you want to raise them on pasture and forage, or on grain and hay? How much milk would you want? Do you prefer creamier milk to drink, less fat, or milk just for cheese making? How important is temperament and/or noise levels to you? Do you want to milk once or twice a day? Do you want to stagger breeding to stay in milk all year round/have does with tended lactations? Do you want a personal/family use goat only, or goats for show and/or profit?

    These are some of the first questions I asked myself when choosing the breed I'd like to get in the future. :) The best breed or goat will vary by region and personal preference.
     
  9. TheCrazyClucker

    TheCrazyClucker Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oops, wrong thread.
     
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  10. bernie29

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    La Manchas, of course
     

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