Dairy goats were among the first animals to be domesticated (along with dogs!) and more than half of the world’s population drink goat milk. Goats are the perfect addition to the small homestead because large amounts of land are not needed to support them. They are quite content with a small pasture and good shelter. Dairy goats do need to be supplemented with hay and grain when milking to have optimum production. With good care you will be rewarded with healthy, wholesome milk that can be used for drinking, cheese and soap making. You will also be rewarded with total devotion and loads of free entertainment from their silly antics.
There are 6 breeds recognized by the American Dairy Association. Here at Maple Lane Homestead we raise French and American Alpines and Nubians.
Alpines were originally from the Alps. They are the second most popular breed. They come in a wide range of colors and have a calm, quiet disposition. Alpines are excellent milkers and can produce up to 3 years on a single freshening. Their milk produces a high cheese yield because of the butterfat and protein content.
Nubians were developed in Great Britain. They are easily recognized by their long floppy ears and roman noses. Nubians have a very high butterfat content in their milk. The bucks make good meat goats as they tend to gain weight fairly quickly. They come in a wide variety of colors. We raise primarily spotted nubians.
All of our goats are tested CAE and CL free. Our herd is of excellent milking stock, most does producing a gallon plus a day. Our goats are sweet and good natured. We breed for overall good health and longevity, culling any doe that does not excel. One of our main goals is to breed for good udder conformation, with the ease of hand milking in mind. Our does and kids will make an excellent addition to any farm or homestead looking for a family milker.
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