Goat Breeds

Saving the Arapawa Goats
July 2, 2022 · · Goat Breeds

“They’re a rare breed” is more than just an expression at a south-central Kansas zoo. Officials say the Arapawa “Island” Goat, also known as the New Zealand Arapawa goat, is one of the rarest in the world.

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Spring Rose the Geep: a Goat-Sheep Hybrid
June 22, 2022 · · Goat Breeds

Sheep have 54 chromosomes while goats have 60. Because of this difference in the number of chromosomes, their offspring rarely survive to birth and are usually aborted.

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Boer Goats: Beyond the Meat
June 20, 2022 · · Goat Breeds

Boers are one of the best-known meat breeds, but they are significantly more than that as well.

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Breed Profile: Myotonic Goats
June 5, 2022 · · Goat Breeds

Myotonic goats or Tennessee fainting goats are a unique American landrace of the southern states. They are the perfect multipurpose breed for the region’s conditions and climate.

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Breed Profile: Pygmy Goats
June 3, 2022 · · Goat Breeds

Pygmy goats are of West African origin and are characterized by their short legs and face due to genetic dwarfism. Their sturdy bodies and hardiness confer utility in their native countries.

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Miniature Goat Breeds: What Exactly Makes a Goat Miniature?
May 21, 2022 · · Goat Breeds

Miniature goat breeds are small lines developed from larger parent breeds or from crossing a larger breed with a dwarf goat. It’s important to know how large your teacup goat will be full grown.

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Raising Mohair Goat Breeds for Fiber
May 21, 2022 · · Goat Breeds

Over the course of our fiber goat experience, people insist we are raising sheep and not goats. When Pygoras are in full fleece, they look like wooly sheep. The fiber is soft and blends beautifully with other wool.

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Breed Profile: Finnish Landrace Goat
May 19, 2022 · · Goat Breeds

The Finnish Landrace goat has ancient origins in Finland. This rare goat breed is hardy, well adapted to a cold climate, and a highly productive milker.

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Breed Profile: Poitou Goat
May 18, 2022 · · Goat Breeds

Poitou goats are known in France as native to the Marais Poitevin, in the ancient province of Poitou, western France. A popular legend claims that goats were left by Arab warriors after their defeat in 732 at the battle of Poitiers.

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Breed Profile: Old Irish Goats
May 17, 2022 · · Goat Breeds

Old Irish goats are Ireland’s ancient landrace, hardy to its climate, but have become an endangered rare goat breed. Conservationists are using their innate skills to protect them and the environment.

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