help me understand this whole dairy thing

Discussion in 'Dairy Diaries' started by moday, Mar 19, 2008.

  1. moday

    moday Member

    Oct 10, 2007
    We've got two meat goats, and want to get a third goat as another pet. What is the drawback, if any, with a dairy goat. I understand that all goats will give milk when giving birth to a Kid, but then what? Do you have to keep milking a dairy goat if you are not interested in collecting milk when the baby is whened (spelling??). I've been told yes, but I'm not sure that is true. Is there really any difference to a meat vs dairy goat? I don't want to get a dairy goat and raise it like a meat goat if we'd be causing any harm to the animal. I think that the Alpines look neat, and we've got two "Boer goats" now (both are 3/4 Boer and 1/4 Alpine) that look completely like Boer breed.

    Also, I've been told that many often want dairy genes in their meat goats for various reasons; birthing, mother instinct, milk quantity...

    If I want to breed our one Doe (3/4 Boer and 1/4 Alpine) to a buck, do I look for the similiar mix? I kind of want to keep the Boer look if I can.

    Any answers to this is appreciated and thanks in advance!
  2. NightHawk

    NightHawk New Member

    Mar 8, 2008
    You never have to milk a goat if you don't want too. However if you don't milk them, they dry up and won't produce milk again until they have more kids. Because a "dairy" goat is bred to produce milk they tend to give larger amounts of milk for longer time frames then your average goat. And because they are producing so much milk they need more calcium then a goat who is being raised as a meat goat. I don't raise meat goats though, so beyond that I don't know the differences besides the obvious ones.

    Hopefully a more experianced person will be able to better answer your questions. Good luck!

  3. jBlaze

    jBlaze New Member

    Oct 9, 2007
    If you are looking for a third goat as a pet, how about a wether? They are sweet and easy.