There are many factors in deciding on a dairy goat breed for your small farm or operation- size, temperament, life span etc. But perhaps the most important factor for a dairy goat owner is milk production, and not just volume, fat content and protein are equally as important especially for those looking to create gourmet cheeses or soaps.
Keep in mind that goats are not built like equine, they can not pull large loads. There is much debate over how much weight a goat can pull. A good rule of thumb is twice the goats own weight. Remember that part of that weight is the equipment. Heavy harnesses as well as the weight of the cart or wagon should be considered in that weight amount.
It�s a good idea to clip goats in springtime � it gets rid of the excess hair before summer�s hot weather, makes the goat a �bad� place for lice to hangout, and gives them a nice neat appearance (so everyone can see what the goat really looks like). But, the goats don�t necessarily appreciate the �