Best Types of Goats
for Dairy Goats
Usually the best types of goats for high milk production are the Alpine and Saanen goats.
However, the LaMancha, Toggenburg, and Oberhasli goats can also produce a lot of milk.
The Nubian, LaMancha, Alpine, Saanen, and Nigerian dwarf goats are known to be able to adapt to a number of climates because of their hardy natures.
If you're looking for a pet goat with a really high butterfat content, the Nigerian dwarf produces some of the best tasting goat milk.
What's the Best Dairy Goat for You?
Types of Goats - Oberhasli Goats
Oberhasli goats are a medium sized American goat breed and they are generally
a short haired type of goat.
This goat is a descendant from a goat
breed that was brought over from Switzerland over a hundred years ago.
Oberhasli goats have high milk production abilities and produce 1/2 to 1 1/2 gallons of milk per day.
They also produce milk with a good butterfat content of 3.5 to 4%.
And these goats produce a more sweet tasting milk that's similar to cow's milk.
Oberhasli goats also have a quiet and sweet natured temperament.
It's also a hardy and thrifty goat that doesn't mind the cold weather.
They are known for their warm reddish brown color with black markings
and you can also find an occasional black Oberhasli doe.
Types of Goats - Saanen Goats
Saanen goats are a Swiss breed of goat and are the largest of the dairy
goat breeds. They are a short haired goat and are generally white in
color or biscuit colored.
Saanen goats are known for their odor-free high milk production.
goat holds the record in milk production and is commonly used in
They typically produce 1 1/2 to 2 gallons of
milk per day (sometimes more) with a lower butterfat content in the
range of 2 to 3.5%.
Saanens are known for being a calm and sweet mannered goat.
also hardy goats that are capable of adapting to almost any climate, as long
as there is adequate shade.
Types of Goats - Nubian Goats
Nubian goats are a large goat breed that is considered a dual purpose
goat. Nubians are a more fleshy type of goat and are also used for
This goat was developed in England, but its origins are
in the Middle East and North Africa. It may also be the most common
goat breed in America.
Nubian goats are distinguished by their long floppy ears and roman
Compared to other breeds, they are somewhat of a loud and vocal
They can have strong personalities and can be very stubborn.
They also love attention and being petted.
They produce on average 1/2 to 1
gallon of milk per day.
Although, their milk comes with a high
butterfat content of 4 to 5%.
Nubian goats can live in most
climates and can withstand very hot temperatures.
They have a longer
breeding season than other dairy goats and come in various colors as
well as markings.
Nubians generally have short hair.
Types of Goats - LaMancha Goats
The LaMancha goat is a medium sized goat with short hair. This goat
has an obscure history and may go as far back as ancient Persia.
However, this goat was developed in America and is actually considered
an American breed of goat.
The LaMancha goat is distinguished by a lack of external
ears or for having very small ears.
The LaMancha produces a high
protein milk with a butterfat content of up to 3.9%.
This goat has a
good to high milk production and can produce anywhere from 1 to 1 1/2
gallons of milk per day.
LaManchas can also be milked for two years without freshening or having any kids.
type of goat has an excellent dairy temperament. It's also a calm and
sturdy breed of goat.
And LaManchas can adapt to a number of different
climates. They make a good 4H goat or pet because of their gentle and
Types of Goats - Alpine Goats
The Alpine goat is a medium to large sized goat and has medium to short
hair. It's distinguished by its upright ears and roman nose.
originates from the French Alps and is known for its great milk
production. Alpines are commonly used commercially.
Alpines generally produce 2 gallons of milk per day with a
butterfat content of 3.5%.
And they have one of the longest lactation
This goat is the most common farm animal found around the
Alpine goats can be very friendly, independent, and very
They are also a hardy and adaptable breed that can thrive
in any climate.
And they come in any color or any combination of
Types of Goats - Toggenburg Goats
Toggenburg goats are a Swiss breed of goat and the oldest known dairy
They are a medium sized goat with short to medium hair and have a
This goat is a dual-purpose goat and can also be used for meat.
Toggenburg goats are known for their excellent udder development
and for their milk production.
They produce 1 to 1 1/2 gallons of milk
per day with a butterfat content of 3 to 3.5%.
Toggenburgs are a sturdy and robust type of goat which does best in cooler
And they make a great pet because they are docile, curious,
graceful, and sensitive goats.
Their color ranges from a light fawn to dark
brown color with distinctive white markings.
Types of Goats - Nigerian Dwarf Goats
Nigerian dwarf goats and pygmy goats are a miniature or small goat
However, Nigerian goats are the better goat for dairy as pygmy
goats have smaller teats and udders. This goat has short to medium hair and has an African origin.
For its size, the Nigerian dwarf goats produce a fairly high
amount of goat milk.
They can produce about 1 to 2 quarts of milk per
day with a very high butterfat content of 6 to 10%.
And I absolutely
loved the taste of this goat milk!
This goat breeds year-round and can thrive in almost any climate.
Nigerian dwarf goats are lovable, gentle, easy to maintain, and easily
They can make great pets and come in many colors as well as
My favorite type of dairy goat so far is the Nigerian dwarf because its milk has such a high butterfat content and it tastes delicious.
My second favorite type of dairy goat, is the LaMancha which was a lot easier to milk
than the Nigerian dwarfs and great tasting milk.
So far, I've milked a Nubian, Nigerian dwarfs,
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