Dairy goat breeds will be the best goat breeds for you to look at if you want a lots of yummy milk production from your goats! Of course, all goats CAN produce milk. But that doesn’t mean that you will get much milk from them or that it will be as delicious as ones bred specifically for milk production. For these reasons, you should look at the top dairy goat breeds when you are looking for goats to produce milk for your family.
So, you have decided you do want goats for milk. Let’s talk about the best dairy goat breeds!
1. Nigerian Dwarf Goats. Ok, so we may be a tad bit biased here, but Nigerian Dwarf Goats are (obviously) our favorites! They are great if you have space constraints (or if you just love smaller goats). They also produce more milk per body size than the larger breeds do. This means cheaper per ounce cost for your milk.
Nigerian Dwarf Goats also have a very high butterfat percentage. This means that their milk is very creamy and sweet. It tastes most like cows milk to most people. Since this dairy goat breed is smaller, they will produce overall less milk than a standard sized breed. So, it is important to make sure that you get goats from proven genetics that are easy to milk and produce a high volume of milk.
2. Nubians. These goats are a standard size goat. They are one of the most distinguishable dairy goat breeds. They are easy to tell by their long, floppy ears (which are just SO adorable!).
Nubians also have a high butterfat percentage (but not as high as Nigerian Dwarf Goats). They don’t typically produce quite as high of a volume as other standard sized goats. But their butterfat (and adorable ears) may well be worth the trade-off. For more information on Nubian Goats, check out Nubian Goats as Pets.
3. Alpines. This maybe one of the most beautiful of the dairy goat breeds. Alpines are a medium, standard size breed that comes in a wide array of patterns and colors. They are a very hardy breed that easily adapts to a variety of conditions. This breeds is capable of producing large volumes of goat milk.
4. Saanens. Perhaps one of the most striking of the dairy goat breeds, Saanens are solid white. They do not come in different colors and patterns like the other dairy goat breeds do. Saanens are a very large goat (the largest of the dairy goats) with the milk production to match. So, if you are looking for an enormous amount of milk, this goat breed may very well be your best choice.
5. LaMancha. If you love different looking goats, then this may be the best of the dairy goat breeds for you! LaMancha’s are the polar opposites of Nubians. While Nubians have long, floppy ears LaManchas have little to no visible ear lobe area. Their ears come in two types: gopher and elf.LaManchas can come in a wide variety of colors and patterns (like most of the other dairy goats – Saanens excluded). This breed tends to be very hardy and is known for its ability to milk through. Milking through means to milk over a year without being re-bred.
If you still need some help deciding what breed of goat to get and where to get it from, check out our Raising Goats eCourse or our Getting Started with Goats eBook!
Which of these dairy goat breeds is your favorite?