Dairy Breeds Buck Questions

Discussion in 'Dairy Diaries' started by Gumtree, Sep 26, 2010.

  1. Gumtree

    Gumtree Lurking Aussie

    Aug 15, 2009
    S.E. Qld Australia
    So my dairy girls are all kidded for this year, we are in our first month of Spring here in Australia, :)
    yes i can just here you saying Where are the photos???? my apologies I'll get them up soon :oops:

    But I'm now looking at getting a buck, and I don't want to make any mistakes if possible :)

    So these are the breeds that we have here (i know tis about time someone imported a few more)
    Anglo Nubian.
    British Alpine.
    Australian Melaan.
    Australian Brown.
    I know you won't know anything about the last 2,
    But the out of the others,
    Can anyone tell me?
    Milk taste from the breed?
    Controllability? is that even a word? lol
    Care? etc toughness?
    as mine are paddock run without a shed,!

    and when crossbreeding are there any traits that tend to make the breed unregisterable as an appendix?
    etc a Swiss over a Nubian & vise-versa ?
    I'd imagine that a B.A over a Sa or Togg would come out one or the other? is that right?
    anything else you can tell me is much appreciated

    (i am aware of cae/ cl/ & Johns disease too, and my is free of that) :)
  2. StaceyRosado

    StaceyRosado Administrator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Oct 4, 2007
    I believe that Alpines tend to be more laid back then Nubians.

    Toggs tend to have stronger tasting milk -- they have a very distinct color pattern but I dont know if it will trump all others (ie be dominant) I dont know how your registrations go so you will have to wait for another aussie to answer that though

  3. Gumtree

    Gumtree Lurking Aussie

    Aug 15, 2009
    S.E. Qld Australia
  4. Dover Farms

    Dover Farms New Member

    Oct 16, 2007
    NW Ohio
    I love my Nubians, that's why I have them. Their milk is higher in butterfat than most Swiss breeds. Most people say their milk is more sweet and creamy, but I myself have never compared breeds. They can be stubborn, but they are sweet and mine that I have raised since they were young are easy to handle.
  5. redneck_acres

    redneck_acres New Member

    Oct 17, 2007
    I like the Saanens, they are pretty hardy for the most part-although when compared to my LaManchas the Saanes are the first ones to come down with anything. When comparing the taste of milk-that can vary from goat to goat, but we bring in milk from mainly just the Saanens. I used to hate the taste of goats milk, but I have to say that their milk tastes pretty yummy now.
  6. elchivito

    elchivito Active Member

    Apr 18, 2010
    I raise Toggs. It's the oldest dairy breed on record. Toggenburg's were bred for centuries in Switzerland specifically for cheese making and their milk can have more of a tangy taste than Nubian milk, which tastes just like cow's milk to me. I also raise Mini-Toggs, and have discovered that the Nigerian genetics added to the togg lines produces awesomely sweet drinking milk and maintains togg production levels. You get nigerian quality milk without having to milk a dozen goats to get a glass of milk. (puts on flamesuit :greengrin: )
  7. Oat Bucket Farm

    Oat Bucket Farm New Member

    Dec 13, 2009
    You need LaManchas over there :greengrin:

    Of the other breeds(well the ones i am familiar with,like you said, I know nothing of the last two) I would probably lean more towards the Nubian-even if there is too much ear hanging off their heads :wink: (runs and hides behind flame proof wall) for milk flavor and Saanen for personality.
  8. Gumtree

    Gumtree Lurking Aussie

    Aug 15, 2009
    S.E. Qld Australia