Goat Breeds

Goat Breeds

ANGLO NUBIAN

The main identifying feature of this breed is the head, which has a pronounced “roman” nose and long drooping ears. The goat has a long deep body and an upright stance. The large number of colour variations, in the short silky coat, adds to the breeds’ attractions.
An average 24 hours yield of 3.89 Kg. at 4.84% butterfat and 3.51% protein was obtained by considering data from all Anglo Nubians entered in B.G.S. recognised milking trials in a recent year (467 performances). The milk is ideal for yoghurt and cheese making.

The breed is also well suited to meat production, both in its own right and when crossed with other breeds. It adapts well to hot climates and has resulted in demand for exports to increase both milk and meat production.

See the Official Anglo-Nubian Breed Society website:
www.anglo-nubian.org.uk


BRITISH ALPINE

This goat is black with white Swiss markings and has been developed in the UK. The goat should be rangy with a short fine goat. The overall effect is a most impressive animal when the black coat acquires its summer gloss. The breed can be highly individual in character and tends to be a breed for enthusiasts who like a challenge.

British Alpines generally have long lactations.An average 24 hour yield of 4.09 Kg. at 3.77% butterfat and 2.74% protein was obtained by considering data from all British Alpines entered in B.G.S. recognised milking trials in a recent year (459 performances).

See the Official British Alpine Breed Society website:
www.britishalpines.co.uk


BRITISH SAANEN

This is a white goat, developed in the UK and largely influenced by imported Saanen goats. The white coat is short and fine, but freckles and patches of colour are allowed on the skin. Registered pure bred Saanens can be used with British Saanens and the progeny can still be registered as British Saanen. Goats of this breed have longer legs than the Saanen, and are heavier. Generally they have calm natures with high yields and long lactations.

It is a popular breed for those requiring high production of liquid milk throughout the year and where large groups of goats may be housed together. For these reasons the British Saanen forms the foundation breeding stock for some large goat farms in the UK, where liquid milk sales are the main objective.

An average 24 hour yield of 5.17 Kg. at 3.48% butterfat and 2.61% protein was obtained by considering data from all British Saanens entered in B.G.S. recognised milking trials in a recent year (545 performances).

BRITISH TOGGENBURG

This is a brown and white goat with Swiss markings and developed in the UK. A medium brown colour is the ideal, but lighter and darker colours are acceptable. Registered pure bred Toggenburgs can be used with British Toggenburgs and progeny can still be registered as British Toggenburgs. Slight fringes of long hair are allowed on an otherwise short and silky coat.

British Toggenburgs usually have sound dairy conformation as well as being strong and robust, having good longevity. The breed is one of the most popular breeds in the UK and is used in some commercial goat farms where cheese is a main product.

An average 24 hour yield of 4.54 Kg. at 3.69% butterfat and 2.72% protein was obtained by considering data from all British Toggenburgs entered in B.G.S. recognised milking trials in a recent year (600 performances).