Other common names: Sable Goat
The Sable Saanen Goat is a Saanen Goat which is not white. The Sable Goat is accepted as a distinct breed by some national goat associations, such as the American Dairy Goat Association (ADGA) and the New Zealand Dairy Goat Breeders Association (NZDGBA), but not by others.
Saanen Goats are the largest of the dairy goat breeds, and were developed in Switzerland. The Saanen typically has a white or cream coat, however Saanens which have a pair of two recessive genes can vary in color from beige through black. Breed standards for Sable Goats state that they may be any color or pattern except solid white or solid light cream.
Appearance / health:
Sable Goats are large-sized goats. The nose is straight and the ears are alert, erect, and forward-pointing. Born with horns, the goats are raised horned or dehorned. The hair is short and fine. Does typically weigh 150 lb (68 kg) or more, with bucks weighing over 200 lb (91 kg).
color, abundant milk producer, love sables
Great goats for milking.
Keeping goats is great if you have other large livestock- we kept ours with a horse and found that they got on really well together. They were stabled and fed at the same time so this cut down on the amount of time spent doing the inevitable chores. They like company and are ever inquisitive so do well to be kept in pairs or groups.
The advantage of a female goat is the high yield of milk they can produce. This is a simple but time consuming job- which requires patience on the part of the milker and the 'milkee'. Numerous times a pail of milk would be spoiled after a stubborn hoof was plunged into it at the last second! However the health benefits of drinking fresh and unpasteurised milk was one of the reasons we acquired goats in the beginning. Their milk is great for making into cheese or yogurt, and is much gentler on the digestive system than cows milk.
As with all livestock they need care and attention, which takes time and money. They need their hooves attended to, and those with horns need monitoring. They also benefit from regular grooming.
We found that our goats were well behaved around children, and were often comically concerned if they could hear a baby cry- whether this was mothering instinct or curiosity we were never sure!
Goats need to be stimulated and can be seen playing with any object they come across, they are surprisingly good climbers and are not as easily contained as you might imagine. However with training they can be taught to walk on a halter and can therefore be exercised accordingly.
They make for great family pets or as part of a self sufficient lifestyle..
From HappyRaven Sep 4 2014 5:01PM