Monday’s Homestead Barn Hop #3: Which Breed Of Dairy Goat Is Best??
Hey guys!! I’m so glad you could join me, Jill, Amy, and Megan for another awesome Homestead Barn Hop! It has been so much fun visiting everyone’s homesteads and seeing what you’ve all been up to! Keep the great ideas coming!
This week my mind has been on goats… dairy goats, that is. My husband has finished putting up the fence and building a mini barn for the goats we are planning on getting (Yay!). But now I’m wondering which kind of goats we should get. At first I figured we’d just get some Nubians. We’ve had them in the past, and really liked them, though I never got a chance to try my hand at milking.
After talking with some like-minded friends about their dairy goats, I’m wondering if I should put a little more thought into which breed we choose. None of the people I know who have goats for milk use Nubians… maybe for good reason?
What I’d really love to be able to do is sit down with a glass of milk from several different breeds and do a taste test. How do I know which goats give the best milk if I haven’t tried them all?
Is there even a difference in taste quality? I know there are several factors that can affect the flavor of the milk: what they’ve been eating, proper handling of the milk, and even having a Buck nearby. But if I’ve done everything right, will milk from different breeds taste pretty much the same?
For those of you who are new to dairy goats, there are six main milking breeds: Alpines, Oberhaslis, Saanens, Toggenburgs, LaManchas and Nubians, although Nigerian Dwarfs are gaining a reputation as good milkers as well.
Saanens are particularly well known for being heavy milkers, and Nubians are recognized as producing milk with a higher butterfat content.
But is there a best breed?? Does one give better milk for making soap than another? Does one give better milk for making cheese?
I need advice from you more experience goat owners. What breed have you come to love, and why? I’m taking a poll here people, so please share what you know!!
And send me a glass of milk to taste while you’re at it.
Oh, and a bar of your homemade goat’s milk soap.
Kidding, kidding! Kinda.
Okay, anyways… what have you been up to lately? Anything in particular you wanna share? Link up below and tell it to the world! Can’t wait to visit your homestead!