Lacona, New York, United States
Posted Oct 16, 2016
Dora may not be a goat showman's dream, but she's a perfect homestead animal. Her milk production isn't record-breaking at peak--just over a gallon a day--but she'll keep milking with decent production for 22 months between breedings. (Most of our Alpines have been better through-milkers than most of our Saanens.)
Her temperament helps too. She's calm about letting absolute novices milk her (so long as they remember not to shriek with excitement when the milk comes out). She's friendly and willing to be scratched and patted even by strangers, but she can also amuse herself contentedly with her fellow goats when her human is busy in the garden. She's good with other goats too. When a new goat was brought in to join her, she contented herself with making a few token butting gestures in its direction rather than following it around and whacking it as some goats will.
Like all goats, she's had the occasional spell of worms, but we've been easily able to deal with that using natural and herbal remedies.