I'll trying to move up to Maine in a year or so and it can get down below zero in the winter there. Aside from making good shelters, I was wondering what kind of goats would be best for cold regions (especially those with a lot of snowfall)? I'm sure there are a few of you on here that have an opinion about which breeds you think are best
, so please feel free to share your opinions!
Now, I realize there are a bunch of goats that can survive in winter weather, so I'd like to narrow my specifications down a little finer. What I'm really looking for in a breed in terms of importance:
[*]Absolutely NO GMO goats! I realize goats are not native to New England, but I'd like some kind of breed that was not grown in a science lab that is fairly "natural", raised by pasture and fed organic food. I don't want some kind of goat that has been filled with anti-biotics or hormones. I just want a nice "green" healthy goat.
[*]Provides decent milk
[*]Has a coat (perhaps cashmere) that can be sheered and used for yarn
[*]Provides decent meat
I realize having sort of an all-in-one super goat fit for everything, but that's why I put priorities.
This kind of brings up a follow up question: Do different breeds mix well together?
Thanks in advance,