Investing In A Milk Producing Animal
When we breed our diary animals in Missoula Montana, we keep quality and excellence in mind.
We choose our goats from the top dairy goat breeds. We look for great conformation and a breed that produces rich milk with a high butterfat yield. We feel that these are some of the most important qualities needed for showing, breeding and for making awesome cheese, ice-cream and yogurt as well as milk with great taste. The fat globules in goat milk are much smaller and easier to digest than the globules in the milk of a cow. Milk tests are done on our does milk and we have gratefully won several awards for our cheese, placed in the top ten for milkers and placed in advanced registries for quality milk containing a high butterfat. We also have goats who have received a star for milking which when earned can show a generational excellence for goat milk quality. These milking awards show that these goats have the ability to produce milk and kids that have great potential towards herd improvement.
We also have East Friesian dairy sheep which are known for their ability to produce rich milk with a high butterfat yield. Although sheep milk is good for drinking it is mainly used for making yogurt, ice-creams and for cheese production. These sheep have a very large udder and besides milk for making cheese, we even use some of the sheep as surrogate mothers to our orphaned lambs. Using a surrogate mother helps the lambs grow much better than if we had to use a commercial powdered milk.
The third dairy animal we have on the farm is our Dexter cows. The milk of a Dexter is high in butterfat, creamy and can be used for drinking, cheese making, butter and cream. The great thing about the Dexters, besides fresh milk, is the fact that they are a smaller and easier cow to handle which makes them great for a small farmstead or for a backyard cow.
Read on to discover more fun facts!
Top butterfat goat milk producing breed of the standard size goats. Around 5%
Nubians have long floppy ears and a “roman” nose
Nubians have a sweet disposition, (unless they can’t get your attention)
Our Nubians are double registered with the ADGA and AGS goat societies
Our Nubians have tested clean for goat diseases like CAE, CL and Johne’s
Lamanchas have the smallest ears of the goat breeds
Most Lamanchas have gentle dispositions
Lamanchas have milk with the 2nd highest butterfat, for a standard sized goat. About 4.2%
Our Lamanchas are ADGA registered and AGS registered
Our Lamanchas have tested negative for goat diseases like CAE, CL and Jhone’s
Nigerians are considered a mini dairy goat with short erect ears
Nigies have even and playful dispositions, and are good animals for 4H goats and pets
Nigerians have very high butterfat content for a dairy animal. About 6-10%!
Nigerians are also used as service animals and their babies are often used in goat yoga
Our Nigerians are double registered in ADGA and AGS and are negative for CAE, CL and Jhone’s
Dexter cows are some of the smallest cattle of the world and they are considered a mini-cow
These cows are dual purpose animals providing both meat and milk
Dexter meat has been compared to the quality and taste of elk meat
Their smaller size makes Dexters great for hobby farms
Dexter cows are gentle and small making them great for a small homestead
East Friesian dairy sheep are one of the world’s best breed of dairy animals
Friesian dairy sheep have a very gentle disposition
East Friesian dairy sheep are dual purpose dairy animals producing meat and milk
Most Friesian dairy sheep often have as many as 3 lambs at a time where our other sheep have 1 or 2
Our East Friesian dairy sheep are excellent surrogate mothers to our orphaned lambs