We have 2 main breeds of goat on our farm at this time; Saanen and British Guernsey.
Saanens are large white goats with straight ears and delicate faces. They produce a lot of milk, but have a relatively low milkfat content. The milk isn't goaty at all, but it isn't particularly creamy either.
What we love about the Saanens though, is their temperament. They are truly gentle giants... Quiet, mellow, friendly, loving and patient, they are a true pleasure to have around. And when you raise animals that are as smart as goats are, a calm and content temperament is SO much more important than flashy colors.
In the spirit of gaining popularity for this amazing and underappreciated breed though, I am in the process of buying a Sable Saanen buck. Sable Saanen is just a Saanen with color. I'm hoping to make the Saanen breed a little more interesting to first-time buyers who are tempted by the more colorful (but much more high-maintenance) breeds.
So there you have it! We have a couple other breeds mixed into a couple of our does, but those are the breeds we're focused on.
But even beyond breed, all of our goats were hand-picked and carefully considered. An expensive or show-quality goat means nothing if it isn’t one that meshes well with your lifestyle. So we researched, purchased, raised, fed and monitored them, and then sold the less well-matched goats until we were left with the ones that truly suited us. Keeping an animal that you don't get along with because they’re a good producer, or an animal that you love despite their horrible milk production, doesn’t do anybody any favors. Find the perfect home for the animal, and find the perfect animal for your home.
We don’t have many registered animals. If they come with papers, that's great, but we don't focus on them. People can lie just as easily on a registration form as they can to your face, so we just focus on the animals themselves (what a concept!).
So after a lot of research, practical experience and trial and error, these are the goats we have settled on. For now!!