Goats

Alpine

Breed Characteristics

 

  • The French-Alpine is a breed of goat that originated in the Alps.

  • No distinct color has been established, and it may range from pure white through shades of fawn, gray, brown, black, red, bluff, piebald, or various shadings or combinations of these colors.

  • These are hardy, adaptable animals that thrive in any climate while maintaining good health and excellent production. 

  • Both sexes are generally short haired, but bucks usually have a roach of long hair along the spine.

  • The French-alpine is also referred to as the Alpine Dairy goat.

Nigerian Dwarf 

Breed Characteristics

  • The Nigerian Dwarf is a miniature goat of West African Origin.

  • Dwarf goats come in many colors. Main color families are black, chocolate and gold. Random white markings are common, as are spots and other color combinations such as red, white, gold and black.

  • Dwarf goats are gentle and loveable and make wonderful pets

  • Dwarf goats breed year round and can have several kids at a time. 

Nubian

Breed Characteristics

  • The Nubian is a relatively large, proud dairy goat of mixed origin.

  • The ancestors of today's Nubian have African and Indian heritage, developed further in England, where they are known as Anglo-Nubians.

  • They are known for high quality, high butterfat milk production.

  • The head is the distinctive breed characteristic, with the facial profile between the eyes and the muzzle being strongly convex.

  • Any pattern, color, or combination of colors is acceptable.

 

Toggenburg

Breed Characteristics

  • The Toggenburg is a Swiss dairy goat from Toggenburg Valley of Switzerland at Obertoggenburg.

  • They are credited as being the oldest known dairy goat breed.

  • Its color is solid varying from light fawn to dark chocolate with no preference for any shade.

  • They are noted for their excellent udder development and high milk production.

Boer

Breed Characteristics

  • The Boer is an improved indigenous breed with some infusion of European, Angora and Indian goat breeding many years ago. The indigenous populations were probably from the Namaqua Hottentots and from southward migrating Bantu tribes.

  • The name is derived from the Dutch word "boer" meaning farmer and was probably used to distinguish the native goats from the Angora goats which were imported into South Africa during the 19th century.

  • The present day Boer goat appeared in the early 1900's when ranchers in the Easter Cape Province started selecting for a meat type goat.

  • The Boer goat is primarily a meat goat.

  • It is a horned breed with lop ears and showing a variety of color patterns. 

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