MMC Farmstead

Choosing Goats for the family farm


Category: homesteading and Farming



A look at breeds of goat for the family farm.




Arapawa Goat

So far I'm interested in the critically endangered  Arapawa Goat.

This is a goat deposited by Cpt. Cook on an island off the coast of New Zealand.

It has been breeding in a closed population in feral form for 200 years and is the last preserved stock of the now extinct old English goat . a goat that originally used as a yard goat for milk and ,meat selected for it's hardiness.

The issue with this goat is that their only about 300 animals worldwide left. Lucky there are five herds in the US and the associations is trying to increase interest in them to up there numbers. 

San Clemente

A goat with mysterious lineage found on an island nearSan Clemente in CA.

it is mostly a slow maturing meat goat , but tests are being done for milking viability ,since I'm not looking for a over productive milker , just ones that can provide enough for the household , and with an option of making cheese if we have extra.

The san Clemente has a far more established breeding program .

Nigerian Dwarf

most stable of the breeds I've selected. Easiest to come by , it's small dairy goat  capable of producing milk for a small family and easily handled . but their TINY...

after more research i decided there tooo tiny. i like milking larger Teated Udders.



This wasn't my first choice but I ended up falling in Love with the breed. Saanen are the largest Dairy goat. and they are big marshmallows. as of March 2014 we have two Saanen Dairy goats due to Freshen shortly. 

The Sannen Dairy goat is a Large White or light cream colored animal, native to the Saanen Valley in the  swiss alps. They have very docile friendly dog like personalities. they are not a standoffish goat and enjoy just being petted.



The Saanen is the largest of the all the dairy breeds. Although ADGA’s minimum requirements for a mature Saanen doe is 30” in height, the breed average is 31-32”, with many reported as large as 35”.  

Saanen hair is short and fine, although a fringe over the spine and thighs is often present. The hair is white to creamy white, with the white being preferred.  

Ears should be erect and alertly carried, preferably pointing forward.  

The face may be straight or dished.  

The Saanen doe has a majestic air about her, which coupled with her milk producing ability, identifies her as  “Queen of the Dairy Goats”. 

This breed is the most common on Goat dairies and at places that want the most quantity of good drinking milk. Saanen milk is naturally at about 2% butter fat. is sweet and when fresh tastes just like regular cow milk.  Saanens can milk out at over a gallon a day and my doe was giving close to two gallons a day a as a first freshener.