What’s are some of the best breeds of goats for a smaller space (I.e an Average backyard) my city ordinance allows for quite a few large animals on a property of about an acre so I was wondering what could work in that space
I typically see mostly NDs and Pygmy muttsfor sale here. I’ll see saanens periodically along with alpines and nubiansBoer tend to be quieter, overall but any goat can be loud at times. A Nubian just seems to have more of those times . But Boer is a meat breed and if a good one, there's a couple hundred pounds of doe, bucks larger.
Not all Nubians are as vocal and the mini nubs, being crosses, seem quieter sometimes. Always have two. If they bond to you, they often call for you! I have some quiet ones and one who is NOT!
My Saanens are the quietest.
I know Saanens are HIUUUGE! How would they do in a smaller space? Could they replace the cow in that aspect as a grazer?Sannens are hands down winners for the most quiet as well as the most milk.
A Saanen can often be bred once and stay in milk for years.
Pygmy goats produce close to a cup of milk at best, and their lactation is SHORT (like 4 months). ND can be just as bad, or way better if they are from an excellent breeder. But, most ND, though better than most Pygmy goats for milk, aren't very good. And those tiny little teats.
They are smaller than a cow, and usually have a longer lactation than a cow. Sannen only look big if you stick them next to a tiny pygmy goat. They will look mini sized if you stick them next to a cow.I know Saanens are HIUUUGE! How would they do in a smaller space? Could they replace the cow in that aspect as a grazer?