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Old 07/03/10, 01:06 PM
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What breed of goat is best?

Of all the animals in the world, my 7 year old is besotted with goats. We're going to have to get a few. She loves goat cheese and assures me earnestly that she could milk twice a day. uh huh.

I'm thinking of getting Nigerian Dwarfs because of their small size and quality of milk. But I'd love to hear pros and cons of any goat breeds.

I had a couple of La Mancha's 20 years ago. One was a sweetie but the other one was a spawn of satan. She spent the whole day figuring out how to get out of the fence. And I have to admit, I'd rather have a prettier goat this time around. Like a dainty little Saanen.

Are there any goat breeds that are more content to stay home or is it just luck of the draw? Are smaller goats really easier to contain or do they just squeeze out of smaller spaces?

Ideally I'd like a breed that's laid back, gentle with children, and basically just likes to stay in the yard eating weeds and looking pretty.

And what are the drawbacks, if any, of NDs?

I'd love any input or advice. Thanks!

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First - lol - Saanen are huge! I love them, but they are anything but dainty. haa haa! I didn't see one at nationals that could be called dainty -

But Nigerians sound like a good choice for you. Make sure you buy from real milking lines. Some don't milk well.
They don't give a lot of milk, but most families don't need a lot.
I've found the Nigerians to be sweet, very cute and easy to keep.

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I raise ND's and am completely objective I got them because of just the reasons mentioned above. They are wonderful with children and the elderly. They are sooo friendly and love to be with their people. Mine never run away when they are loose in the yard with me. They can be excellent milkers, but DEFINITELY get good milking lines from farms that test and will show you their results. I cannot stress that enough. If they don't test or get offended if you ask about tests/results, then you do not need to buy from them and will probably regret it if you do. Not all herds are diseased, but why play Russian Roullete with animals you know you will become attached to and love. I have one that gives a pint a milking, very poor, but has an amazing udder and has the name behind her for production. And it doesn't hurt that she is the sweetest thing in the world. She produces better than herself too. I also have some that give 1/2 gallon a day, even had one that gave just shy of a gallon a day. She was awesome. I have her daughter and granddaughters/grandson.

The color combinations are amazing too. Like Christmas during kidding season. You never know what you are going to get. The milk is to die for as well. High in butterfat and protein. You want high protein for cheese making. I have only made Chevre but it was awesome!!! They aren't seasonal breeders either so you could have babies any time of year, which is really nice.

Look up some farms like Rosasharn, Old Mountain Farm, Promisedland, and others to see what you should be looking for in an animal. There are some Nigerian breeders on this forum too. I test and am clean, wish I was closer to you I need to sell the majority of my herd.

Good luck and hope you see the light!

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Old 07/03/10, 02:23 PM
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For a child that age, I definitely recommend Nigies.

I had an elderly one a few years ago and not only did the kids love her, she LOVED the kids. It was a completely mutual relationship.

Now.. I have a nubian who was a bottle baby.. who shows the 'risks' involved with big goats and little kids. The nubian still thinks she is a 10 pound baby, and the other day stood up to her towering height and put her front legs on my 6yo dd's shoulders. Goat was being affectionate just like the littler babies, dd thought she was going to be squished and was terrified! Granted.. that's my ONLY big goat who thinks she's that little (she's also the one who will nearly knock me off the steps because she's behind me 'cuddling' against my back). But she's a lesson! My alpine will knock my kids over on her rush to the milkstand.. we all know to stand back or get trampled. Chickens and kitties out of the way!

Nigies are cute, small, the babies are ungawdly cute, and easily handle-able by a 7yo. All goats are wonderful, and obviously my odd herd isn't the perfect example of breed behavior but that's what I've learned.

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There are also Mini-Manchas, Mini-Alpines, Mini-whatevers.

I have a Mini-Alpine for sale. 1 Year old. Located in southern Missouri.

All goats are escape artists. They are intelligent and curious. Smaller goats will get out of smaller holes. Kids of Nigerian Dwarfs will fit out the holes in a cattle panel.

Ditto on the aforementioned size of Saanens. They are BIG goats.

Drawbacks on Nigerian Dwarfs - teat size unless you shop carefully and pay for a pedigree line that has adequate teats.

On ANY breed, teat size and shape is critical. Also, health, testing for CAE and checking for CL cysts in the herd of origin. If the goat owners you are shopping with don't know what CL and CAE are, walk away. Do not even LOOK at their goats.

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I have to respectfully digagree with the statement that all goats are escape artists. Out of all the goats I have ever owned, I have had only 3 true escape artists and they were a pain in the neck. One was a buck and guess what happened? Yup, we had "oops" babies 5 months later. Got rid of him as soon as I could. The others were just very strong willed and smart goats who wanted to be wherever they shouldn't. Actually Nigerians want to be with their people, if raised around humans. I have actually walked mine up and down my dirt road in the warmer weather. It draws lots of looks and mostly smiles. My neighbor has Icelandic sheep and couldn't believe I could do that with my little herd. I had roughly 14 or so walking with me at one time. She was jealous. They don't usually want to run away or leave the herd. Just my personal experience.

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Old 07/03/10, 04:38 PM
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We got Niggies when my son was 18 months old, and our herd queen treated him like one of her own babies. She would let him walk holding on to her and if he cried she would come running to check on him.

At 5yr old my daughter could catch and handle our yearling buck with no trouble. I never worry about the children playing with the goats. More concerned about what they might do to the goats.

As previously mentioned, do your home work and you will end up with sweet, friendly goats that will give you plenty of milk and lots of cute, cuddly kids.

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Oh, I didn't mean escape as in run away. Escape as in get out of the pen and come up to the house and look in the windows and dance on the hood of the car and eat the landscaping.

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Old 07/03/10, 07:39 PM
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I think the only drawback to ND's is that they think that they are dogs and see no reason why they shouldn't come into the house with you
As many have already said, they are great with kids, easy to handle, less to feed, less space required, etc. They do have HUGE personalities and ND owners tend to get extremely attached to them

You don't need to go with a "name" farm, but do go with someone who tests or is willing to test the animals you are interested in. Talk to as many owners/breeders as you can before you buy and ask their advice and feedback. Everyone has particular tastes or experiences and though one may like a certain farm, others may not or may have had a different experience with them.
A word of advice, though ND's come in many adorable colors, don't buy for color, buy for conformation, milking ability and longevity. Watch for too much inbreeding in the pedigree as this can lead to health/breeding issues. Height is also getting to be an issue with the breed so find a breeder whose animals are below the height standards (bucks included!). Be leary of those that say "my buck is over-height but he doesn't throw it in his daughters".
Your average 2nd freshening+ ND will put out approximately 3-4 lbs of milk a day, some more, some a little less.
Good luck! I'm sure if you go with the ND's, you'll be on here posting about your wonderful new babies in no time at all!
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Ideally I'd like a breed that's laid back, gentle with children, and basically just likes to stay in the yard eating weeds and looking pretty.
This actually describes a Saanen - except for the small size. Saanens are very gentle (referred to as the gentle giants). My DD6 milks one of ours - she is always very patient with her.

Large, easy to milk teats, lots of milk. Lots of milk. And did I mention lots of milk? Nice long lactations too - many Saanens enjoy "milking through" - which means you don't have to breed them to keep getting milk. They will drop in milk a little through the winter and pick back up in the Spring - at least 1 gallon a day or more.

Our Saanens don't try to get out - more interested in eating, laying in the sunshine and making milk. Friendly, but not boisterous or "in your face". If you leave the gate open, they will eat all of your raspberry bushes - there is a goat code, after all!
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Old 07/03/10, 08:58 PM
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I have two Saanens. I LOVE them. We joke that they're really dogs disguised as goats. My Vet doesn't know much about goats and was kind of shy when he saw how big they were. He was used to dwarf breeds. He saw my buck and my doe and hesitated. My goats, however decided to win him over. They came when called and stood there very nicely while he looked them over. He couldn't believe how kind and gentle they were!

Here's my doe, Hermoinie next to my 5 year old daughter. Yes Hermoinie is big, but she's such a pasture marshmellow.

Here's Hermoinie as an 8 week old doeling.

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Old 07/03/10, 09:08 PM
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I love my Nigies! They are a great size for handling, and mine do not test fences or tend to be escape artists. If I leave a gate open, they will take advantage of it, but they do not walk around single-mindedly looking for a way out. I find they are an incredibly sweet breed (although I admit they are the only breed I have a lot of experience with, but the breeder of my first 2 confirmed that she got into them because of their personalities). I have never had one even attempt to head butt me, although they do so with each other and with the dogs.

Even my yearling wether who was wild when I got him is now tame and loves to come up for his scratches and lovin'. My doe is the sweetest thing, and her doeling loves to bury her face in my lap and snuggle! My new little bottle baby is showing definite signs of becoming a mama's boy. They all love to follow me around and check out what I am doing. For my 2 cents, you cannot go wrong with Nigis, but like others, I may be biased

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Instead of everyone answering the same question, let's just read one that was already asked:
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We have three LaManchas and they are all so sweet and calm and quiet. My two year old has led the four month old doeling into the barn. My 9 year old has lead the year and half doe unto the barn. All three of my kids have been out in the pen and played with the goats. When any of my kids go near the fence, the goats are right there waiting to get pet. The four month old doeling and my two year old seem to share a special bond and they will spend quite a bit of time together at the fence with him reaching through just loving on her.

None of my girls have ever attempted to leave the goat yard, they seem to prefer eating and dosing in the sun.

Have I mentioned lately how much I love my LaManchas?

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What an interesting subject!! One of my favorite!!
I have had mostly every breed of goat, mostly Nigerians thogh and I sure love them!
I will warn you though as other have to be selective. If you do your homework, and save your money, you are bound to get some nice friends for your daughter.
We have learned all about jumping goats and in my opinion it is genetic. We had a jumping buck, whos daughters all jump, there's no way to keep them contained save for hot wire.
Another doe I had thought she was owned by the circus, and spent her days scaling the roof of the barn, I think she wanted to test my heart, she would climb to the top of the barn and FLY OFF!!! How she never broke a leg is beyond me.
If you are not wanting to spend oodles of hard erned money, as mentioned there are lot's of mini..large breeds, we currently have two large LaMancha does bred to Nigerians. We expect the daughters to be great milkers!! Another gentle breed is the LaMancha, my personal favorite for milking and personality, I never met a mancha I didn't fall in love with!!
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I too am a fan of La Manchas, although I think personality also depends on the goat. My alpine likes nothing more than to be around me. When I'm done milking she walks me to the gate. When I'm cleaning the shed she is always in the way because she is just hanging around. The La Manchas are a little smaller than the Alpines and the Saanens. I think it also depends on how they are raised. It's no surprise to us to have them be friendly and behave well because most of us have spent the time to make sure that they are that way. Be around the goats you want to purchase for a little while and see how they behave around people. Make it a positive experience by preparing well before hand instead of trying to catch up afterward.

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Of all the animals in the world, my 7 year old is besotted with goats. We're going to have to get a few. She loves goat cheese and assures me earnestly that she could milk twice a day. uh huh.

I'm thinking of getting Nigerian Dwarfs because of their small size and quality of milk. But I'd love to hear pros and cons of any goat breeds.

I had a couple of La Mancha's 20 years ago. One was a sweetie but the other one was a spawn of satan. She spent the whole day figuring out how to get out of the fence. And I have to admit, I'd rather have a prettier goat this time around. Like a dainty little Saanen.

Are there any goat breeds that are more content to stay home or is it just luck of the draw? Are smaller goats really easier to contain or do they just squeeze out of smaller spaces?

Ideally I'd like a breed that's laid back, gentle with children, and basically just likes to stay in the yard eating weeds and looking pretty.

And what are the drawbacks, if any, of NDs?

I'd love any input or advice. Thanks!
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You want Boers. They dont go around looking for ways to get out they are too laid back. They cant even jump at least mine dont. Unless you have a feed pan they might stand on rear legs & walk a few steps.
And they ARE pretty & will eat your weeds. But your fence must be maximum security due to their sheer weight, they can bow it out by just looking at it.
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NOT for a 7 year old. Sure they're somewhat laid back until they don't feel like being handled for one reason or another, then they're like Sherman Tanks. (I raised them for afew years) Unless they are half dairy bred, they also usually have small teats and if the OP wants them for dairy use, I also recommend a Nigerian or Mini breed (Nigerian cross) with larger teats. And yes, I'm a little partial.




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You want Boers. They dont go around looking for ways to get out they are too laid back. They cant even jump at least mine dont. Unless you have a feed pan they might stand on rear legs & walk a few steps.
And they ARE pretty & will eat your weeds. But your fence must be maximum security due to their sheer weight, they can bow it out by just looking at it.
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Neither my NDs nor my mini-nubians are all that interested in going wandering. Unless I purposefully open the gate for them to follow me to a patch of tasty weeds, they stay put.

None of them are so large that my 130# frame can't tackle them and hold them if need be. Not that it is a need be most of the time. Unless it is something like getting them into dog crates to move them 1000 miles away, I can just lead them where ever they need to go.

My ND jumps up on the milk stand expectantly and I don't have a problem milking her. One of my mini's is jealous that she isn't in milk and sometimes tries to get on the milk stand anyway.

All in all, my goats are laid back, not into being escape artists, easy to handle, easy to milk, and don't give me any problems. The worst sickness I have had is my ND getting a thorn stuck in her cheek and me having to pop the boil that had come up around it and extract the thorn. "Hardy" is an understatement.

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Kinder goats would be an excellent choice. Mid size and dual purpose.

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We all know my serious bias toward Purebred Nubians.

That said, they're not for everyone. They are people oriented, but that means they like to have people around frequently. They can be vocal. Still, if there are enough other goats to keep them company, they're pretty darned nice and darned pretty looking. Who can resist that Roman nose and those elegant ears?

I have decided that Saanens are also very nice, but that is based on less than one week of experience with my Snubian. Nice gal, laid back, took a day or two to acclimate (must be a world's record), but came up to me this morning while I was milking Trub and just wanted to have me acknowledge her, and she stood by my side until I was done milking.

For young children, Wags about has me convinced that there is nothing in the world like a DAIRY Nigerian. But, as I have been told, you must make sure that prospective animals have been bred to be dairy, not pets.

BTW - you really don't have to milk 2x a day. If you don't want a lot of milk, you can cut back to once a day milking. My limited experience tells me that, once you cut back to once-a-day milking, you won't be able to go back to 2x a day, but you can wait until the next freshening and go with twice a day then.

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hmmm well I saw the topic and started laughing!! Am the proud owner of 1 Saanen, 3 mini-saanen's, 1 pygmy/alpine, 2 nigi's, and 1 nubian. So far the 1 nigi, 3 mini's, and the pygmy are the ones to test the boundries of field and fence, jump it or push it down...electric wire yeah right...the most affectionate ones I have is my Saanen, Nubian, and nigi buck....unless I have food then they ALL love me!!

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hmmm well I saw the topic and started laughing!! Am the proud owner of 1 Saanen, 3 mini-saanen's, 1 pygmy/alpine, 2 nigi's, and 1 nubian. So far the 1 nigi, 3 mini's, and the pygmy are the ones to test the boundries of field and fence, jump it or push it down...electric wire yeah right...the most affectionate ones I have is my Saanen, Nubian, and nigi buck....unless I have food then they ALL love me!!
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I will vote Saanens as well.
My boys are so completely malleable and docile and laid back it is not even funny.
You can do anything to them and they don't care.
They aren't loud.
They don't try to escape..even when I have them temporarily leashed to a tree while I go back to get stuff I forgot. They just stand there and wait. Quietly!!

They like scritches and will gently give a kiss, but have no desire to be up on me or all over me. They would prefer to just lean politely.

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You do not want a Saanen.
My Saanen doe looks like a small pony and my grandchild can ride on her back.
While she is very loving, she could knock a child down, not meaning to.
Dwarfs are the best route for you, and many are good milkers as well.
I also own Nigerian dwarfs, and have a pygmy doe.
They are very loving too, however they won't knock you or a child down.

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I don't know much about goats, but I hear Nigerian Dwarfs are nice for the purpose of milking and such. I also have heard that they are very sweet.

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Of all the animals in the world, my 7 year old is besotted with goats. We're going to have to get a few.
Ideally I'd like a breed that's laid back, gentle with children, and basically just likes to stay in the yard eating weeds and looking pretty.
Oberhaslis (Swiss Alpines) are my favorites just for personality. They look like deer. They are very friendly and gentle, and give a good amount of milk daily, not as big as Nubians, but their personality is soft and gentle.
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We will be getting Kinders this September. (Originally a Nubian/Pygmy X). Our criteria was similar to yours in that, as beginners, we were looking for a smaller, laid back dairy breed with the option of meat to enhance our little homestead.

After a lot of research, we settled on this breed. The first freshner we chose was a question mark at first, but has since proven to be a beautiful milker! so we feel fortunate. They are noted for having a nice quality of milk, not an overwhelming amount (though with only 2 of us, could be overwhelming just the same), and like the Christmas analogy above, a wide variety of colors to choose from.

I speculate that since a Kinder rage hasn't quite caught on yet, (unlike the Nigerians), you may have an easier time finding a line whose talent for milk production has been preserved, however... Let me make very clear that I'm only speculating based on all that I've read about Nigerians, and what little there is out there to read about Kinders. (It swayed us!) On the other hand, depending on your area, could be easier to find a good milking line of Nigerians than Kinders altogether. Again, we're lucky to have a founding Kinder breeder only a few miles away.

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