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Old 04/29/10, 04:27 PM
 
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Oberhasli Breed of Goat

I am looking into the Oberhasli breed now for family milkers after having to sell off my Nigerian Dwarfs because they were too loud. We have a pretty big lot but, we also have neighbors and I want to be respectful of them I was wondering if anyone here has had experience with Oberhaslis? Are they good milkers? Are they loud? Are they friendly? I have read that the answer to these questions all seem to be no and yes but, I would like to get first-hand experience from people. Also, I have only been able to find one breeder in my area. Does anyone know of someone who owns Oberhaslis in the southern CA area? Any information and help would be awesome. Thanks!

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Old 04/29/10, 04:35 PM
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The oberhasli breed is not very diverse. It seems hard to find one that is a decent milker without going to show lines with $500 Ober kids. We have one such, and she is a fine goat, although hard to milk (small teat orifices). She normally gives a good gallon, although this year she lost her kids and is only giving half a gallon.

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Old 04/29/10, 06:07 PM
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I have an ober - she is sweet but loud (and so is her kid). She is a good milker. I prefer the LaManchas because they have a more calm nature.

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Old 04/29/10, 07:03 PM
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Our Ober is quiet as can be - as our other three are...

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Old 04/29/10, 08:07 PM
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Our Ober is quiet as can be - as our other three are...
LOL!! Must be mine - I will pay more attention as to whether it is often, but she is the one who tells me it is dinner time, breakfast time & her turn on the milking stand!
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Old 04/29/10, 09:31 PM
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All goats are loud if they're hungry. Mine stay near dead quiet if they have pasture and hay 24/7. Even my neediest does don't holler when they see me, unless they're currently on a grain feeding program - in which case, they don't let me forget to feed them, hehe. Well, except for my french alpine doe who I bought last saturday and who kidded yesterday. She thinks I'm her kid, so she fusses over me excessively. However, she was a very quiet doe before she kidded so I'm assuming once she calms down a bit she'll quiet back down.

Can't help you with the oberhalsis - they're one of the breeds I've never really been interested in.

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Nubians seems to have the WORST rep for being very loud, and all of mine are. . .my nigerian is VERY quiet. I have found, when around Saanens, they are fairly quiet.

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Old 04/29/10, 10:16 PM
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Nubians seems to have the WORST rep for being very loud, and all of mine are. . .my nigerian is VERY quiet. I have found, when around Saanens, they are fairly quiet.
Our neighbors have nubians - much louder than any of ours!!

My obers will complain even when my manchas just kind of look at me with serious eyes....
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Old 04/29/10, 10:33 PM
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To me asking about goats being loud is like asking about roo's.
All goats will maa.
Hungry, bored, they see people, they get excited, they just feel like talking, etc.

I have read so many post about noise of goats and breed. From what I have seen any breed can be loud and any can be quiet. It seems to be more of an individual personality and the management set up thing.

'Such and such breed is loud.'
'But my mine are quiet!'

'Such and such breed is quiet.'
'Those are my loudest ones!'

I know somethings will set off any goat like being hungry.
Having them penned when the grass is green on the other side can get them yelling too.

From my experience the friendliest goats seem the loudest and the 'touch me not' types seem the quietest.
Makes sense. Friendly goats want attention and touch me not goats want to be left alone.

I had both touch me not's and friendly. The friendly, all breeds I have had, have always been louder.

Heck, IMO, it a crap shoot as to what goat will be loud or quiet.

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Heck, IMO, it a crap shoot as to what goat will be loud or quiet.
I agree, really! lol
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Old 04/30/10, 07:17 AM
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I agree, really! lol
LOL!!! Me, too! My friendliest goats are the quietest and my loudest goats are friendly - just not as much!!

It probably is an individual goat thing!

Either way I still think goats (loud and quiet) are better than dogs! (And we have several dogs, too!)
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I understand from the poster though. My Nubian doe was so loud , every time she saw me. And it was an aweful sound. My other doe was quiet ans when she did talk it has a more pleasent sound. Her doeling though had an loud obnoxious voice as well. The 2 loud ones were not quite friendly. 1 was fiendly but a bull to walk around, and meen to my kids. the doeling was a spaz!!
I thought a kid from my quiet one would be quiet too.. Nope... oh-well. It is so nice to have the loud ones gone. I fely for my neighbors who probably thought they were in constant agony.

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I have an awful lot of goats, and none are so loud they would really bother anyone. . . so maybe it was just that goat.

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Old 04/30/10, 11:16 AM
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Oberhasli's are very pretty, and they are actually the Swiss Alpine.

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Well, I'm not including the sweet "maa Maas" into the loud category. But, I am including it when my Nigerian sat outside for the most part of the afternoon hollering. And loud hollering. I loved it when she would talk to be. But hollering in the afternoons was not good at all. It's like she knew I was in the house and was hollering for me to come outside. Because when I was with her outside she was as quiet as could be. Anyway, a little talk here and there, just no hollering.

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Hmmm, my Saanen has a quiet maa maa even when she is trying to get my attention, the pygmy is pretty quiet except when I have to milk her or trim her hoofs, my nigerian doe when I first got her made so much noise (screaming) I was about to shoot her, 3 days straight dawn to dusk...come to think of it the first dog attack happened shortly after I got her and Amron. Crystal is saanen/nigerian but she is only 2.5 months and still has the baby maa maa soo true-fully out of those that I have I prefer my saanen.

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Old 04/30/10, 03:02 PM
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I have read so many post about noise of goats and breed. From what I have seen any breed can be loud and any can be quiet. It seems to be more of an individual personality and the management set up thing.

'Such and such breed is loud.'
'But my mine are quiet!'

'Such and such breed is quiet.'
'Those are my loudest ones!'
Is this about ma ma's or Oberhasli's?
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We have previously owned nubians and mini nubians. Though they were sweet I love my Obers! The biggest thing I noticed is they (mine anyway) don't challenge fences as much as our past goats. If they figure out how to unhook a gate they will sure be out but they don't jump fences. They are also much quieter than my nubians were.

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My Obers have, to a goat, been very quiet goats. I have sold off most of the herd, though, as I have not found them to be as productive milkers as the LaManchas, who also tend to be a very quiet breed. They are smaller goats, and much more "dairy" in type than the LaManchas, so wethers for butcher kids don't grow as fast or as fat. I love Obers, and they are absolutely beautiful, but I just couldn't justify keeping them when the same amount of feed gets me more milk and better gain for the kids from the LaManchas. I still have one Ober doe, due to kid any time now -bred to my LaMancha buck. She is a fairly good milker - but I am pretty sure I'll also be selling her after she kids.

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There seem to be quite a few Oberhasli breeders in California, actually. You might have to have someone with the ADGA breeders list find a few for you. I've got Oberhaslis, and find them to be quieter than the other breeds I've had. I like them for their looks, for their temperament, and for their decent milking ability. The two does I have are very easy to milk -- you need to ask for a doe who is easy to hand milk when you are looking, or for the offspring of a line that is easy to milk. Some people just breed for show, but others do hand-milk their goats and breed for that. Buy from someone who is using their goats the way you intend to use them.

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