We are by no means goat experts… As I have mentioned before, with a lot of things in life, we learn by what not to do next time. We have had our fair share of goats over the years and have learned more than we ever wanted to know about goats only to find out we didn’t know the half of it.
We have had experience with Boer, Alpine, La Mancha, Nubian and Pure Crazy Mutt goats.
So far, the Alpines are our favorites. They have a good disposition and give good milk. They aren’t loud and have been easy to work with.
We recently acquired a Nubian milk goat and quickly figured out why our friend who has a goat farm doesn’t have Nubians! Most people like the “look” of the Nubian goat because of their cute long ears. However, looks are deceiving. Nubians have an annoying NEED to be friends with humans. They are incredibly loud and vocal.
Our cute nubian, Chesnutt, loves people. She follows us around and nibbles at your buttons and buckles and anything interesting and shiny you might have on you. She will walk right in the door of the house uninvited or try to get into the truck with you when you are trying to leave. She quickly learned the art of milking and has been relatively easy to milk and handle.
We have, so far, only milked the Alpines and Nubian goats. Although goat milk does not have a lot of cream, we do like the milk a lot! For a large family, one milk goat will not provide you will all the milk you need. Milking a couple of goats will give you enough milk for drinking and cooking. And if you can time it right, you can space your milking does out just so you can have year round milk. While some are expecting, you can milk the ones who are not. When those have their babies, you can plan to breed back the ones you had been milking.
One of the greatest things I love about dairy goats is the fact that the children can learn how to milk and eventually can take over the job of milking all by themselves.
I snapped this picture last spring of two of my children pushing and pulling one of our milk goats back up to the pasture where she was supposed to be.