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Choosing Goats??
July 23, 2013
9:01 pm
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Kandra
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What is the best goats for milk and meat?

 

July 24, 2013
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OK, this is another one that has many answers, and your answer will doubtlessly be different than mine. 

I love Nubian goats for milking, but that is what I like because I like their personality… my only experience with meat goats is very limited, though some Boer goats which live nearby make their owners very happy.  Boers are a sort of standard answer and there are other breeds. If you are milking dairy goats, you will of course have kids, and any male kids should be castratedand there you have your meat goats.  Sorry if that bothers some folks, it’s a fact of farm life that you just don’t need many or often any males around.  If you are raising pedigree goats, you may want to get them bred off site, billies are often a real nuisance to keep on your farm.

Nubians are quite large, smaller breeds may suit you and your property much better.  There are some ‘medium’ sized breeds, and some downright tiny ones too!  Do you have a county fair in your area?  It’s getting to be fair time, so I’d go to your local fair and start asking those 4H-ers all sorts of questions about temperament, ease of milking, general health and anything else that is worrying you.  Hopefully others here here will speak up too and give you some ideas Kandra!

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July 24, 2013
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Thanks for your help. Just starting out, trying to get as much information as we can to make a wise decision. Yes we are hopefully going to pick some up this week from our local fair. We live in Ionia, Michigan. Thanks again;) 

July 24, 2013
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I understand Kandra, there’s a lot of information to look through!  Here’s a link to a listing of some of the most common breeds on the Fiasco Farm page.  A site that a lot of people here seem to think highly of.  http://fiascofarm.com/goats/breeds.htm

I’m also going to link you to the “animal link” page here, where there are all sorts of links to all sorts of other sites about getting and keeping animals.  A lot of this stuff has already been discussed here, but that’s not to say we aren’t glad to have the questions asked again.  These topics get buried over timeand it takes a LOT of digging to get through them all again.  We try to thin things down and weed out some of the less than necessary topics, but it isn’t all that effective…  asking again is always a good thing for us all!

Do have a peek here though!  https://chickensintheroad.com/forum/the-old-barn/farming-and-animal-links

 

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July 27, 2013
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It all depends on what you want in a goat, I have diary goats myself, I milk by hand and select my goats on the easiness of milking.

I have (had) goats who had plenty of milk, but it took me took long to milk them out, I work several days a week, and I milk before and after work..really I can’t spend to much time on the milking chore, just because of a difficult milker.

This spring I sold a supergoat, she gave plenty of milk, but the way her teats were located on her utter..it took me forever, I actually needed a 3th hand…so of she went.

To a lady who didn’t care how long it took her to milk.

There are dual purpose goats…that gives you the does for milk and the little billies for meat.

I understood you are going to a sale? talk with owners..and you might want to start with a variety of breeds and select your favorite from them..then continue with that one..and the others you can sell or butcher.

Good luck..goats are awesome.

 

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