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British Alpine Goat

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The basics:
According to the British Alpine Breed Society, "The British Alpine breed, although first recognised and established in England at the beginning of the last century, is of varied and largely unknown genetic origin. There were black and white goats in England, which had been produced by introducing genes from black Anglo Nubians into Toggenburg goats (and of course the native goats in Great Britain.

"The female goat that has been given the distinction of being the founder of the British Alpine breed is Sedgmere Faith which was imported in 1903 from the Paris Zoo. It was through Faith's sons, when mated to an imported Toggenburg male, that important progress was made. The frequency of black and white goats increased. The combination of high yield and attractive appearance lead to the increase and popularity of the breed."

Appearance / health:
According to the British Alpine Breed Society, "The British Alpine should have a black coat with white "Swiss" markings on its head, legs and around its tail. The correct distribution of black and white markings is best illustrated with a photograph. The female's short, shiny, black coat set into relief by the contrasting white markings can make it a most attractive breed. Both sexes should be rangy, without becoming coarse. The rangy frame of the breed makes it well suited to browsing, and it does well on a bulky fibrous diet."

Goats are sensitive animals that can suffer from various infectious and chronic diseases that are sometimes undetected until too late. Vaccinations, as well as de-worming and de-lousing applications must be conducted as needed. Milking goats should be checked regularly using prescribed mastitis tests for udder health. Milking areas should always be clean and the goat’s teats treated with teat dip after milking to prevent mastitis.

Goats must be inspected frequently to detect any signs of poor health, infections, or other ailments. Signs include cloudy or teary eyes, dull or fluffed up coat, droopy tail, hunched back, or poor appetite. A veterinarian should always be on call to address health concerns.

Behavior / temperament:
Goats are inherently curious, active, intelligent, and social. They are known to have the ability to overcome enclosures by unraveling the gate, climbing over the mesh, or pushing and ramming the fence down. Goats have good coordination and balance and can manage to climb low trees, ledges, and overhangs. Their curiosity leads them to constantly investigate items with their mouths; most items get chewed and swallowed. With a little patience, goats can be taught to carry or pull loads, respond to calls, and lead a herd. As social animals, they easily get along with other farm animals.

Housing / diet:
As herd animals, goats are best kept in pairs or groups. As grazers, they require an outdoor habitat that is securely fenced to prevent escape or foraging in restricted areas. The area should be large enough to allow the goat to roam. The recommended habitat per goat is 200 sq. ft. of yard or pasture plus a sheltered or indoor area of about 15 sq. ft. The sheltered area should be adequately built to keep the goats safe from rain and strong winds.

Keeping goats inside the house is not recommended because of the pet’s tendency to gnaw and chew on furniture and furnishings. Goats are also not known to adhere to toilet training.

The ideal food for domesticated goats is alfalfa hay and grass hay. This should be available daily in quantities of at least 3% of the goat’s body weight. Small quantities of feed grain and concentrates (often protein-enriched) like goat show or goat grain can also be given to add nutrition. Supplements are often used to address deficiencies inherent to local habitats.

Clean water is essential to a goat’s daily diet. It should always be available and provided where it cannot be soiled. Dirty and moldy water is hazardous to the goat’s health. Milking goats should be kept away from aromatic or strong-tasting foliage like garlic, onions, mint, and cabbage, which could taint the flavor of the milk.

wonderful

good milk, great pets, handsome breed, cheese making.

challenging

Jumping.My favourite Buck

interesting

herd bully, surplus male kids

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