What kind of goats are used for packing?

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by aaronzclark, May 6, 2009.

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  2. hollyk

    hollyk Songster

    Nov 21, 2008
    Canton, Texas
    Wethers of large breeds. Meat goat breeds such as boers, kiko, spanish etc. are common. But I do think that some of the large dairy goats that are wethered are used. Just in case- wethered means a castrated male.[​IMG]
  3. Haviris

    Haviris Songster

    Sep 4, 2007
    Large wethers! Pretty much any breed or cross, I generally see dairy wethers being used. I think in general meat goats are alittle lazy, but I would think a mix of meat and dairy would be good, meat would give them alittle more bulk and dairy adds hight, and hopefully they wouldn't be so lazy as a straight meat breed.
  4. buckeye chickens

    buckeye chickens In the Brooder

    May 27, 2008
    I have a six year old half Alpine 1/4 Nubian and 1/4 Boer who is trained to pack. I never go camping. so he is mostly a pet. Love him more then any dog.
    Most of the real mountian packers like a Alpine, Saanen or Toggenburg. Nubians are very stubborn and lazy. Never will get why everone things there great, I love any goat but, haveing had Nubians, Boers, and Alpines I like both the Boers and Alpines better.
    See http://www.highuintapackgoats.com/breeds.html
  5. Haviris

    Haviris Songster

    Sep 4, 2007
    I love nubians! I've also had alpines, nubians, and boer. The straight boers are just to lazy in my experiance. I do have one now that isn't really lazy, but she's spazzy and I doubt would have been much of a packer. My best potential packer is a nubian, I had originally planned to train him, but quit working w/ him after a year, I desided I'd rather have him pack on trail rides, but I didn't get him properly bonded to the horse. He'd follow me to the moon and back, and I'd take him for walks along w/ the horse and he'd stay w/ us! But as soon as I got on the horse, for him it was like I disappeared, and he would get stressed out, he still stayed w/ us, but wouldn't quit crying and looking for me. He'd even swim! I like alpines to, and had one that had potential.

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