What is your "favorite" large breed of dairy goat?

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by greenfamilyfarms, Oct 24, 2010.

  1. Alpine

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  2. LaMancha

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  3. Nubian

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  4. Oberhasli

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  5. Saanen

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  6. Toggenburg

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  1. greenfamilyfarms

    greenfamilyfarms Big Pippin'

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    We went to the NC State Fair yesterday and I really lit the fire under my husband when we walked through the dairy goat barn. We met a nice lady who was milking a LaMancha doe and my husband really has an interest in getting a couple of dairy goats... he even said, "Let's sell your Boers and get milk goats." Umm, not ready for that quite yet, but we need your input on which breed you favor. I never would have thought he would have liked the looks of the LaManchas since they don't have ears, but he says they have a humble face.

    We are having to buy our goat's milk to make our soaps. We already have the set up for goats, so why not get our own dairy goat? [​IMG]

    1. Alpine
    2. LaMancha
    3. Nubian
    4. Oberhasli
    5. Saanen
    6. Toggenburg

    Info that may be helpful:
    http://fiascofarm.com/goats/breeds.htm
    http://www.adga.org/breedstandards.html
     
    Last edited: Oct 24, 2010
  2. Bebop

    Bebop Chillin' With My Peeps

    Well, I have Nigerian dwarf, but I love Nubians and LaManchas! I want to get some of those one day!
     
  3. Crazyland

    Crazyland Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have always liked the Oberhasli and Toggenburg. [​IMG]
    I am hoping to get 2 kids from a billy that looks like an Oberhasli.
     
  4. michickenwrangler

    michickenwrangler To Finish Is To Win

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    LaManchas are sweet and friendly and quiet, not nearly as obnoxious as Nubians. And yes, you will get used to the ears ... or lack thereof. [​IMG]
     
  5. bagendhens

    bagendhens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i want nubians and lamancahs...

    for every drama queen nubian there are sweet wonderfull ones out there [​IMG] i find them quite endearing...
    they also have a high butterfat, very creamy soaps!

    and lamanachas are just sweethearts, the ears freeked me out at first...but once you get used to it it kind of shows of their big beautiful eyes and their personalities more than make up for the lack of ears, there also a nice middle ground in terms of butterfat im told...

    the alpine breeds though are the heaviest milkers...though ive found toggs and alpines to be stubborn and a little tempermental.
    obers are supposed to be very sweet but ive never personally known any so cant realy comment.

    a nice thing about the nubians too, if you breed your boers for meat...breeding a boer to a nubian doe will give you nice meaty kids!
     
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  6. EweSheep

    EweSheep Flock Mistress

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    Had Nubians, they got their good sides and BAD sides! [​IMG] But I love my Ouida....she was my baby!
     
  7. Mofarmgirl

    Mofarmgirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My nubians were great..two of them more like dogs than goats lol
     
  8. EweSheep

    EweSheep Flock Mistress

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    Quote:Amen and very personable, in your face and they LOVE to be petted and cuddled.
     
  9. greenfamilyfarms

    greenfamilyfarms Big Pippin'

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    After taking about it for the past 3 days, we have decided to take the plunge and sell all of our Boers and get 2-3 milk does (or kids). He wants LaManchas, which are fine with me. The loud-mouth Nubians wouldn't be an issue for me since Boers are vocal also, but we have "city folk" neighbors. They appreciate looking at our animals, but I don't know how roosters AND loud goats would work out. It's pretty much a toss-up as to whether we'll get LaManchas or Nubians (or some of each)... depending mainly on what we can find that are in our price range and criteria (registered, CL-free, etc etc). Toggs are running a close third. Thanks everybody for your imput!
     
  10. PotterWatch

    PotterWatch My Patronus is a Chicken

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    I love LaManchas. They are by far my favorite. I don't have any goats right now but when we have them again in the future, I will be getting LaManchas.
     

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