What breeds of goats are considered the best milk producers?

What breeds of goats are considered the best milk producers?

Repost from Dr. Rob Sharp

The clowns of the barnyard, goats tend to be gentle, intelligent, and  inquisitive animals. Though some 200 different breeds exist, only a half dozen  are generally raised for their milk. Of these, I’d recommend you focus on  Toggenburgs, Saanens, La Manchas, and Nubians.
If milk quantity is your  main concern, consider Toggenburgs, the oldest dairy breed in the world, or  Saanens, which reign as the most popular choice for commercial dairies but are  also well suited for small farms. Should you want a pet as well as a good  milker, La Manchas earn praise for their calm, sweet dispositions. Looking to  make cheese? Droopy-eared Nubians garner raves for their milk’s  higher-than-average butterfat content.
Since goats are herd animals, be  sure to purchase at least two. And whichever breed you choose, buy the goats  locally, as they’ll be accustomed to your region’s climate and less likely to  feel stressed by the move to your property.

 

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