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Best Goat

What is the Best Goat to Get?

If you are considering getting a dairy goat for milk, the question that is haunting you is most likely, “Which is the best dairy goat for me to get?”

The answer is really very simple.

The best goat to get is one that is raised by a reputable breeder near you. The breeder should test annually for CAE and be willing to provide you with copies of the negative test results. The breeder should explain to you why her goats are CL negative and whether or not she has ever experienced CL in her herd. Having somebody close is very helpful when you are new and learning.

The best goat to get is one that you can first milk yourself. The doe should climb on the milk stand without hesitation (understand if you’re way off her schedule she may be confused). Let her owner milk her first to show you that she stands still and does not lift her feet or shy away. Once you’ve seen how she milks for her current owner, try to milk her yourself. She may not be quite so patient with you if you’ve never milked before and are using her to learn. While your fingers may be a bit sore, she should not be overly difficult to get milk from.

The best goat to get is one that you can actually taste her milk to see if you like it. The raw milk from different goats does taste different. Make sure you like it before you purchase the goat.

The best goat to get is one that is friendly and doesn’t challenge you or push you around. She may push other goats around, that’s normal. But she should not be timid of people or hard to catch. Spend time in the pasture or stall with her and see how she behaves.

The best goat to get is one that you can breed in the fall. If you will not have a buck of your own, is there a quality registered buck of that breed around where the owner is willing to let you use his services?

The best goat to get is one that is healthy. Does the goat have a healthy looking coat? Are there any lumps? (note – vaccines can produce lumps) Are the hooves trimmed? Does the goat have oozing eyes or nose?

The best goat to get is one that is not for sale too cheap. Beware of the “bargain goat” or the goat somebody wants to give you for free. These rarely work out well. If the price of the goat is below what is normal, the owner should have a good reason for it.

The best goat to get is one that has a companion. You do not want to own just one goat. Goats are herd animals and if you want your goat to stay healthy, you'll make sure it has at least one buddy.

That’s the best dairy goat to get.

I can hear you thinking, “Wait… what about the breed?” No need to panic because I didn’t tell you which breed to get. Breeds have their particular traits, but there is so much variation between individual goats that making a decision based on breed may not produce the results you were looking for. For example, Nubians as a breed have the highest butterfat content of the full sized dairy breeds. But there are individual Alpines that outperform individual Nubians.

So in short, the best goat to get depends not on the breed of the goat, but on the individual goat. Find a breeder with quality, healthy goats and you’ll be much happier on your adventure with dairy goats.