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    02-20-2012, 09:29 PM
  #11
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Tapper, don't worry about feeding whatever. When I get an animal I do thorough research on what to feed and how to care first.

Thanks, folks!

One more question though... I did some reading... Nuberians sound to be HORRIBLY noisy. Is it indeed a case? I looked into Saanens as well, but couldn't find any farm reasonably close. (Alphines are out of question if their milk has more specific taste).
     
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    02-20-2012, 10:27 PM
  #12
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Originally Posted by kitten_Val    
Tapper, don't worry about feeding whatever. When I get an animal I do thorough research on what to feed and how to care first.

Thanks, folks!

One more question though... I did some reading... Nuberians sound to be HORRIBLY noisy. Is it indeed a case? I looked into Saanens as well, but couldn't find any farm reasonably close. (Alphines are out of question if their milk has more specific taste).
Mouth of the south!!

They are nice, don't get me wrong. Many people love them and their um, er... demanding decibles of opinions for all the farm and neighbor to hear.
I just happen to prefer a more quiet and dignified group of ladies.

Saanens and Oberhaslis have the best overall (quiet, even and dependable) temperments, but I'd have to say a good LaMancha ranks up there well also.

If you would like, you could PM me your general location and I can send you links for specific goat clubs and groups for your state/area. For example, besides the Ohio State Dairy Goat Assoc., Ohio has about 10 other big area clubs and groups. (plus oodles of smaller ones)
Goat clubs are usually great people who are passionate about goats and could help you on a more local level to find what you are looking for.

If you find what you are looking for but it ends up being a bit of a drive, you will later be happy that you took the drive to get the goats you really wanted. Take your time, the goat world is just getting into the full swing of birthing season right now and there will be plenty of kids and newly fresh milkers coming up for sale.
When I first started out I took some goats that although I liked, weren't really what I should have gotten. Now I wouldn't think a thing of driving for several hours to a quality breeder's farm for a good goat.
     
    02-21-2012, 02:53 AM
  #13
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Originally Posted by Lockwood    
Mouth of the south!!

They are nice, don't get me wrong. Many people love them and their um, er... demanding decibles of opinions for all the farm and neighbor to hear.
I just happen to prefer a more quiet and dignified group of ladies.

Saanens and Oberhaslis have the best overall (quiet, even and dependable) temperments, but I'd have to say a good LaMancha ranks up there well also.

If you would like, you could PM me your general location and I can send you links for specific goat clubs and groups for your state/area. For example, besides the Ohio State Dairy Goat Assoc., Ohio has about 10 other big area clubs and groups. (plus oodles of smaller ones)
Goat clubs are usually great people who are passionate about goats and could help you on a more local level to find what you are looking for.

If you find what you are looking for but it ends up being a bit of a drive, you will later be happy that you took the drive to get the goats you really wanted. Take your time, the goat world is just getting into the full swing of birthing season right now and there will be plenty of kids and newly fresh milkers coming up for sale.
When I first started out I took some goats that although I liked, weren't really what I should have gotten. Now I wouldn't think a thing of driving for several hours to a quality breeder's farm for a good goat.
I never could find oberhaslis for sale *sigh*. Only one or two farms had them around us.. and they never seemed to have any for sale (or they were uber out of my price range). I thought they were BEAUTIFUL!!!!! Fairly rare though I think (bc I haven't seen too many lol).
     
    02-21-2012, 07:20 AM
  #14
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Originally Posted by Lockwood    
They are nice, don't get me wrong. Many people love them and their um, er... demanding decibles of opinions for all the farm and neighbor to hear.
LMAO! Loved that! I don't really care for the noise, but I'm afraid my neighbor's may disagree.

I'll PM you - definitely would love to get more links.

BTW, after some research I found couple farms breeding and selling Saanens (I couldn't find any Oberhaslis in my area at all though)

Cherry Glen Farm - Sales List (they also have a breed called Toggenburgs)

Caprikorn Farms Saanen Dairy Goats: For Sale

BTW, I don't mind a drive (in fact all farms are probably within an hour from me). Just say 3 hours is little bit too much. :)
     
    02-21-2012, 07:29 AM
  #15
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Actually I'm wrong!

There is a farm breeding Oberhasli and not horribly far: about blue ridge What do you think, folks?
     
    02-21-2012, 12:15 PM
  #16
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Originally Posted by kitten_Val    
Actually I'm wrong!

There is a farm breeding Oberhasli and not horribly far: about blue ridge What do you think, folks?
Cherry Glen has a good reputation and they are competative in the show ring.
Blue Ridge I don't know as well, but they are also competative in the show ring. I've never heard anything bad about them.

Caprikorn I haven't heard of but then again I don't have Saanens. I would think based upon quick view of their website that the goat prices have a lot to do with their own perceived reputation.
That is not a good or bad thing because many farms have earned that kind of respect. However, as a beginner I don't think you need to pay money towards a large farm's reputation, just some GOOD goats, which can be found at smaller conscientious farms.

I mean unless you plan to show or have a specific kind of dairy operation in mind, I wouldn't think you need those kinds of pedigrees.
But that is just my humble opinion FWIW.
My Obers will never out milk a Saanen, but I don't need googobs of extra milk to figure out what to do with. My girls keep my bucket brimming over enough as it is.

Going to PM you with some more info...
     
    02-21-2012, 12:42 PM
  #17
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Originally Posted by Tapperjockey    
I never could find oberhaslis for sale *sigh*. Only one or two farms had them around us.. and they never seemed to have any for sale (or they were uber out of my price range). I thought they were BEAUTIFUL!!!!! Fairly rare though I think (bc I haven't seen too many lol).
Yes, hard to find especially here in the northeast! Seems like all the farms with then for sale were out west but I wasn't about to pay a huge amount for one, then double that to have it shipped here.

Took me about two years of hunting to finally establish my tiny herd and I have had to travel to get them. But, now I have a nice group of girls and a terrific stud (who lives with a friend most of the year because his odoriferous but sweet self is just too much for me. (Makes fantastic babies though.)

While my head will turn at a brightly colored Nubian from time to time, I love my Obers. Beautiful, smart, elegant, refined, and not a peep out of them unless I am very late with dinner or something is wrong at the barn.
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    02-21-2012, 01:01 PM
  #18
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Thank you, Lockwood! Yes, you are right - I don't care for show results and all that. However I find Obers to be much cuter then Saanans (just from my nonprofessional point of view :) ). Will check the PM!
     
    02-21-2012, 04:58 PM
  #19
Green Broke
I had Nubians and they got along great with the horses and preferred to be with the horses. I do have one horse that could not be loose with the goats. He would herd them non stop. If you going to milk them, be sure to get goats already trained . They don't have top teeth, but they can still bite ! And they kick, and they can leave some hefty bruises!!
     
    02-21-2012, 07:56 PM
  #20
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Originally Posted by stevenson    
I had Nubians and they got along great with the horses and preferred to be with the horses. I do have one horse that could not be loose with the goats. He would herd them non stop. If you going to milk them, be sure to get goats already trained . They don't have top teeth, but they can still bite ! And they kick, and they can leave some hefty bruises!!
I'm not going to milk most probably (or at least will take time to learn). Mom will (she had goats in past).

Unfortunately horse field will be a big no-no for goats (or any other animals for that matter). One of my horses is EXTREMELY nasty and territorial towards smaller animals.
     

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