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Old 10/04/11, 11:39 AM
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Milk goats and fiber production?

Newbie question: Is there a good breed mix that will give good fiber and milk? Or have a just asked a goat breeding faux pas?

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Old 10/04/11, 11:52 AM
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lots of breeds CAN produce cashmear fiber, BUT to get decent fiber AND a good milking animal is not going to be easy, the animals that have been selectively bred as "Cashmear" goats are not made for milk production,

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Old 10/04/11, 11:57 AM
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well you could milk them but dont expect to get a great deal. Also from what I have read on this forum the fiber goats tend to be a bit fragile so buyer beware.


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Old 10/04/11, 12:19 PM
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I milked my angora for giggles when I weaned her baby. She has the tiniest bag and only gave about a cup. It was super thick, almost like colostrum without the yellowness. Her teats were tiny too. She had been bred to my alpine "wether" and her daughter never grew anything but an "alpinesque" coat. There was no length to it at all. So I don't know how a cross-breed would do. That's just my experience.


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Old 10/04/11, 12:48 PM
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I agree with the others, it is possible, but you really don't get enough milk from a fiber goat to make it worth your while. Plus, you are asking a lot from one goat to be a "do it all" animal. Besides, it is always much more fun to have several goats. lol

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Old 10/04/11, 12:53 PM
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I really appreciate all the responses! Please, keep 'em coming. I love hearing about what you guys have already tried

I have friend who has a goat dairy here in the area, so I plan on leaning on her quite a bit as I get going. Sometimes it is easier to ask my more embarressing newbie question on the internet.


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Old 10/04/11, 01:37 PM
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I milk pygora goats, not a lot of milk but enough for the 2 of us. I make icecream, butter, cheese, cottage cheese and yogurt. Sweetie makes yarn from the fiber and knits with it. I have 3 does and most of the time we have 2 in milk....James

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Old 10/04/11, 02:21 PM
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my friend has a milking pygora too.

low quantity, but as good as a decent (not top of the line) nigerian and delicious milk. I know nothing about fiber, but she spins, knits and sells profitably and says that goat is good.

So I would say if you are set on the idea, ask around and find some pygoras that are already milking for your start.

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