What are some recommended dairy goat breeds?


Quick Answer

Dairy farmers recommend Saanen goats for their mild temperament, adaptability to environmental changes and average milk production of 2 to 3 gallons per day. Farmers recommend Nubian goats for their sweet tasting milk and Guernsey goats, who easily convert grass to milk, for grass-based dairies.

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The La Mancha goat has a friendly temperament and is a consistent producer. The Nigerian dwarf goat is only 18 inches tall but produces milk with six to ten percent butterfat suitable for cheese, ice cream and yogurt. Farmers recommend them for people with little land or for those who live in urban areas.

Farmers also recommend Oberhaslis and Toggenburg goats but caution that, being Swiss breeds, they produce strong tasting milk.

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