"On second thought, I think I am more crazy than my goat."
Fairlea Sieglinde celebrating Labor Day 2018.
If you talk to people about goats, most think weed eaters, brush cutters, and milk. A person deciding to get goats needs to take a little bit of time to figure out what breed that they want to start their herd out with. There are quite a few out there that have their strengths and amazing potential to offer for a goat farmer. The first thing you need to ask yourself is what purpose would you like to use your goats for? Most people get dairy or meat goats. There are some that like to use goats for fibers, pulling cart, or just having pet goats. This blog segment is a ice breaker to the breeds we will cover over the next couple of months. Maybe sooner if time allows. Oh, who am I kidding? Time is in short supply these days.
We are going to list a few breeds by what their purpose is normally used for in a herd. Some goat breeds have multiple uses. Having multiple use breeds cuts down on having to have different goats on your farm and keeping even closer eye on no cross breeding. If that was what you were working towards.
Red Maple's PW Black Majyk
We looked at a few different breeds. The Saanens and Nubiens were our top pick just for preference of the bigger dairy breeds. Then it happened. In our research we came across the Nigerian Dwarf breed. Their size was small and handlable. The fact that personalities are friendly is great for our little ones. Different color coats can be found in this breed. Throw in the blue eyes (I know it shouldn't matter) and we were sold.
We will cover more on Nigerian Dwarf goats when we write the information page on them. Currently we own 14 in our herd. Stop back in and read some more. Leave us a comment about your favorite breed and why? Have a blessed day.
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