I have a very small herd of dairy goats, we are milking two does right now and will be milking 3 next year if they all freshen well. We have lamanchas and an alpine. We use them for milk for us which we turn into yogurt, cheese, and soap. We also feed a fat pig and raised some sheep on the milk. The bucks are wethered and slaughtered when they are big enough. I really love raising goats they are great pets and great providers of meat and dairy, plus they have amazing personalities. We mostly breed for hobby and the health benefits especially since raw milk is illegal to sell in Colorado. We do not have our own buck due to only having the 3 does it wouldn't be worth it. We have an amazing friend with a large dairy herd of exceptionally nice goats so we breed to her bucks.
Been out of the dairy goat breeding for 10 years and just now getting back into it - in fact hoping the new girls get here this weekend, if all goes according to plan! I think (still working out details) I'm getting 2 dam/daughter pairs, Lucky*Star bred LaManchas. Breed backs to seller's bucks, as I prefer not to have bucks on my property! I'll have pictures soon!
We have a few mutt goats, do they count? Daughter's two does are both 1/2 fainters. She has a doeling out of one of them by a kiko buck. The other doe lost her baby - the doe was 1/2 fainter and 1/2 African pygmy, and the baby was way too big. It got stuck and died. Vet even had trouble removing it - we thought we were going to have to take it out in pieces.
My two girls are Nigerian Dwarfs. Cute, friendly little buggers. They think they're dogs. Can't seem to keep them in a fence - they find EVERY hole and loose spot. They never go anywhere - they're terrified of the road. Wouldn't be so bad letting them run - they have really been cleaning up the fence lines - but next year we want to put in a garden again. Gardens and goats don't mix!
I don't breed (while I have some does, most of mine are wethers) but I have a small herd of Nigerian Dwarves for pets. I LOVE goats! :) You can see them on the goat page on my website www.CheyAutRanch.com
Horseluver, I got my girls yesterday! Well, 2 of them, have to go back and pick up the third on Nov 1st. I elected not to get the two dam/daughter pairs, but one dam/daughter pair and another late summer doeling from some bloodlines I really wanted in on. More $$ by herself then the other pair I was looking at, but worth it in the long run as she's out of great high production lines. Anyways, here's the three of them: