Thursday, March 09, 2006

The Dairy Goat

Characteristics of the Dairy Goat Butter Fat Production




There are 7 main breeds of dairy goats. Here
is a breed comparison taken from the book, "Raising
Milk Goats Successfully"
written by Gail Luttman...







BreedCharacteristicsSize
& Weight
Avg Butterfat
Production
Alpine
Alpine
Erect ears; long, slender neck; all colors,
usually two-toned. Can be strong willed but still sweet.
Doe: 30", 135#min.

Buck: 32", 170#min.
butterfat:
3.5%
LaMancha
LaMancha
Very short to no ears; all colors; very docile.
Make great mothers.
Doe: 28", 130#min.

Buck:
30",
160#min.
butterfat:
4%
Nubian
Nubian
Roman nose & long,
droopy ears; black, tan, shades of bay; somewhat loud and restless.
Doe: 30", 135#min.

Buck: 32", 170#min.
butterfat:
4.5-5%
Oberhasli
Oberhasli
Erect ears; shades of bay trimmed in black.
Smart, makes good family goat.
Doe: 28", 120#min. Buck: 30",
150#min.
butterfat:
3.5-4%
Pygmy
Pygmy
Erect ears; miniature
size; usually grey, sometimes caramel, rarely chocolate. Active and clownish in actions.
Doe: 16-22.4", 55#

Buck: 16-23.6", 80#
butterfat:
4-6.5%
Saanen
Saanen
Erect ears; all white or cream. Sweet temperment, great mothers, good
quantity production.
Doe:
30", 135#min. Buck: 32", 170#min.
butterfat:
3.5%
Toggenburg
Togg
Erect ears; shades of brown trimmed with white. Great surrogate mothers-sweet disposition.
Doe:

26", 120#min. Buck: 28", 150#min.
butterfat:
3.3-3.5%