Breed help?

Discussion in 'Goat Frenzy' started by hphorses, Jan 17, 2011.

  1. hphorses

    hphorses New Member

    94
    Feb 16, 2010
    Waldron, SK. Canada
    Ok so I found a farm that has bred doelings... Nubian, Sanaan and La Mancha's what should I look for in a milk goat doeling and what breed would be best for me? I want to make soap and cheese out of the milk.

    Thanks! Tara
     
  2. TheMixedBag

    TheMixedBag The Hoofcare and Repro specialist

    Oct 16, 2010
    Glencoe, OK
    It depends a lot on what exactly you're looking for-Saanens will usually outproduce other breeds in terms of milking, but Nubians have higher butterfat, and LaManchas are far cuter.

    Take some time, look into all 3 breeds, and figure out which one has more of what you want. Personally I'd go with a Saanen, but that's just me. I like heavy producers.
     

  3. Oat Bucket Farm

    Oat Bucket Farm New Member

    250
    Dec 13, 2009
    Make sure they are disease free first. After the, personally I would go with the LaMancha. If for some reason I couldn't get the LaMancha, I would get the Saanen.
     
  4. liz

    liz Well-Known Member

    Oct 5, 2007
    Shelocta PA
    With what I've heard from others, Saanens have a high yield with the least amount of butterfat, LaMancha's are close with yield and a bit more BF...Nubians have a high yield with the highest BF in the standard breeds.
     
  5. Oat Bucket Farm

    Oat Bucket Farm New Member

    250
    Dec 13, 2009
    On average, the difference in butterfat between a LaMancha and a Nubian is .5 percent. And on average, LaManchas produce more milk for longer than Nubians do.
     
  6. liz

    liz Well-Known Member

    Oct 5, 2007
    Shelocta PA
    Thanks for that info Audra :greengrin:
    The main dairy breeds that I see at the fairs around here are Toggs, Alpines with just a few Nubians and La Mancha's, Saanens are more a part of the Amish communities and not "seen" in public the way the others are. Good to know that Munchies go further with production too. :thumbup:
     
  7. hphorses

    hphorses New Member

    94
    Feb 16, 2010
    Waldron, SK. Canada
    He says it's a clean closed herd everything is vaccinated and up to date on worming... I couldn't decided on a Nubian and a Saanen. The Saanen is black though, didn't know they came in that color... The Nubain is due to kid first week of Feb and the other shortly after this is their second kidding so they are 3 years old and were hand milked a bit last year to get used to it... anyway I couldn't decided so both girls are coming home LOL so now I am going to have two milk goats! going to get them on Saturday will post pictures when I get them home!

    Tara
     
  8. TheMixedBag

    TheMixedBag The Hoofcare and Repro specialist

    Oct 16, 2010
    Glencoe, OK
    She wouldn't be a Saanen then, she'd be a Sable. Saanens are only allowed to be cream or white, never colored.
     
  9. StaceyRosado

    StaceyRosado Administrator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Oct 4, 2007
    NJ
    I would want proof of the "clean herd" I would ask if he has done testing for CAE, CL and Johnes and then I would want to see paperwork