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What breed goat for a newbie?
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Homesteader    Posted 01-07-2003 at 07:57:23       [Reply]  [No Email]
I've finally gotten my little homestead to the point I'm
almost ready to move some critters in. Small flock of
chickens, and a couple of dairy goats, I think. I know
you all have experience, so what breed of goat would
you recommend for someone with no experience? (I've
read books, but I'd like to know what real people think.)
Thanks in advance for any advice.

Jim in Michigan    Posted 01-08-2003 at 06:27:17       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Right now I have both Pygmies and Nubians, I have had Saanens and Togs as well as Lamanchas,,,For a pet go with the pygmy, for milk I would say a Nubian,they are gentle and produce a lot of milk..I have had Fainting goats,,and it is true they are fun,but if you have wolves or coyotes around you dont want fainters,,,I lost several because they faint instead of run,,the wolves find it great since all they have to do is walk up and have dinner....Jim

Bud in NC    Posted 01-07-2003 at 17:36:57       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I'm real new to goats, too but for cheap entertainment Fainting Goats seem to be hard to beat. I don't know that you'd want to do anything besides keep them as pets - they've got as much personality as our dogs and cats. I told my wife that a Fainting Goat is "cow tipping" for us old cripples......

Ana    Posted 01-07-2003 at 16:02:03       [Reply]  [No Email]
If you are wanting a pet, you just can't beat the little pygmies. I hear that you can milk them, but they don't give much, but you don't have to milk them like the milking breeds.

Tom A    Posted 01-07-2003 at 08:27:20       [Reply]  [Send Email]
We have one pure Saanan, a bunch of grade Alpines, and one Nubian dwarf that we've never bred.

I like them all temperment-wise, but just like people, they're all different. All give good milk. Some do produce better than others, but I don't think it is because of the breed. One of our grade alpines produces as much as the pure Saanan with a good line (that's a lot of milk, by the way, for just a family).

Rather than be concerned with breed, I'd think more about the breeder. Find somebody who takes good care of their critters, and socializes them well. I think we have less trouble with our goats than some folks do because they've been raised well, so they'll lead, they don't challenge fence, don't jump etc etc. Makes 'em sound like pets, and they are, but it makes your life easier even if you plan to raise them for meat, too.

good luck,

Donna from Mo    Posted 01-07-2003 at 08:24:06       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have had Toggenbergs, but Nubians are my favorite, and they tend to climb less, and jump fences less than other breeds. The main thing I like about them, though, is those floppy ears. I don't think it matters what breed you start out with, so long as you realize that the milking breeds HAVE to be milked.

Cindi    Posted 01-07-2003 at 08:05:25       [Reply]  [No Email]
I personally like nubians or spanish, or even la mancha, I love their little tucked in ears!

LH    Posted 01-07-2003 at 08:15:51       [Reply]  [No Email]
I agree with Cindy, I lke Nubians, Lamancha's, also toggenburgs and alpines are excellant breeds

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