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Preferred goat breeds?

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Preferred goat breeds?

Postby prk22 » Sat Jun 01, 2013 2:39 pm

I was wondering if I could start a discussion with those here who keep goats (either for milk or meat)...which breed do you prefer, what is your experience with various breeds, just any info that might pertain to a breed and what you raise them for.

I look forward to reading experiences!
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Re: Preferred goat breeds?

Postby Lasergrl » Sat Jun 01, 2013 5:22 pm

I have Nigerian dwarf. I prefer the temperament to the pygmy. Also like how Nigerians are small yet refined. Im not a fan of the keg with legs look the pygmy have. Nigerians can also be milked. They come in every color.
I have had alpine and boer too and the Nigerians were smarter and nicer. LaMancha are sweet, nice, are not huge, but I just need a goat with ears!
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Re: Preferred goat breeds?

Postby Nicophorus » Sat Jun 01, 2013 11:54 pm

Nigerians are great goats, my first goats were those and I still have one of them as a pet.

I also raise Myotonic (fainting) goats. I wanted a meat breed that was medium sized and (vain I know) looked good to me out on the pasture. I liked how Myotonics looked compared to the other meat breeds. They are easier to catch and easier on fences too.
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Re: Preferred goat breeds?

Postby darkhallows » Fri Jun 07, 2013 6:28 am

I don't have a huge amount of experience with owning goats, but I like LaManchas a lot. The only problem is they are a little big and hard for me to handle for things like hoof trimming and such. I've had two manchas and they were both very friendly.
I also have a Nigerian Dwarf who I can't stand. She's got one of the worst temperaments I've seen in a goat. She's skittish, loud, mean, and overall a terrible pet. I'm sure not all NDs are like that, but I don't know that I'd own another. At this point, I'm probably going to sell this doe and get a goat I actually enjoy having.
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Re: Preferred goat breeds?

Postby prk22 » Fri Jun 07, 2013 1:42 pm

darkhallows- if I may ask, what do you use the ND for? Milk? how long have you had her? I have heard that this breed can be nasty (does) until or while pregnant...just random from a friend who has experience shared with me. Not sure how mainstream that is though.
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Re: Preferred goat breeds?

Postby Lasergrl » Fri Jun 07, 2013 1:59 pm

Any goat that is not a bottle baby can be skittish. I will only have bottle babies. Nigerians are usually pretty sweet but the temperaments can very different. Goats are like dogs that way. I must say I never had an attitudes differ while pregnant.
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Re: Preferred goat breeds?

Postby darkhallows » Fri Jun 07, 2013 4:53 pm

She's about eight months, and right now is just a pet. Hasn't been bred, because she's too young, and because I'd never breed an animal with such a nasty temperament.
She wasn't bottle-fed and I don't think I'll ever get another dam-raised goat. I got her in kind of an emergency, because my LaMancha wether had suddenly died and my doe wasn't doing well on her own. So I kind of took the first goat I came across. Which was a bad idea, but at least my LaMancha is happy now.
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Re: Preferred goat breeds?

Postby prk22 » Sat Jun 08, 2013 7:14 pm

Yeah. That is sad to hear about the rotten temperament. I've worked a lot in zoos, aquariums, and travel vet to farms and I will never not be surprised at how a pregnant mother will change one way or another...makes the 'nature vs. nurture' argument come to the forefront of the mind.
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Re: Preferred goat breeds?

Postby TamanduaGirl » Mon Jun 10, 2013 2:41 am

I love nubians they are big duffasses, very friendly and have very rich milk. We even could make goat butter it was so rich.

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