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Which breed of dairy goats should I keep?

Although there are many breeds of dairy goats in Kenya, only three are the most common and therefore important. Your choice of dairy goat breed will by and large depend on your locality because each breed is suited to certain climatic conditions. The three important breeds are Saanen, Alpines and Toggenburg.

Saanen

White to pale cream in color, they have black spots on the nose and udders and the skin is black spotted. They are usually polled, meaning they are not horned. The ears are normally pointed facing forward.

Saanen

Mature male weigh about 75 Kg and females 50 – 65 Kg. The breed is used to upgrade local goats.

The highest recorded milk yield in the tropics is 800 Kg in 205 days lactation or 3.9 Kg/day. The current world record 3430 Kg per lactation in temperate regions. Butter Fat (BF) content is around 4%.

Problems associated with Saanen are:

  • Sensitive to strong sunlight therefore skin cancer
  • Sensitive to high temperatures
  • Hermaphrodites are very common

Alpines

These breed of dairy goat adapt in the tropics better than the Saanen. German Alpines are more widespread and the color is variable but can be grouped i.e.

  • White front quarter and black hind
  • Grayish front and black hind
  • Black neck and white hind

alpine

Female weigh 60 Kg and male 65 Kg at maturity. Milk yield averages 922.5 Kg per lactation or 4.5 Kg per day and BF content is at 3.6%. The current milk record 2194 kg/lactation.

Toggenburg

This is the least successful exotic breeds in the tropics. Togs have white legs, white stripe from nose to eyes and a characteristic white triangle at the back.

toggenburg

Mature males weigh 65Kg and females 45 Kg.

Milk production is about 3 liters/day and the world record 2613 kg/lactation or 12.5 kg/day. They can produce milk for a long time if not served and are good for upgrading local breeds.

These three breeds are adaptable to a wide range of climate. Alpines and Saanen are hardy and can do well in hot areas. Toggenburg do well in cold areas.

Other than the breeds, the other very important factor is how well you are prepared in terms of management. These goats are high producers and demand a high management level in terms of feeding, husbandry, housing and health.


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Kigen Kandie
-6 # Kigen Kandie 2012-03-25 17:33
Who can I get in touch with if I'm interested in purchasing dorpers to breed? Thanks
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steve
+3 # steve 2012-05-21 14:55
am interested in Dairy and meat goat keeping, please assist me.........thanks in advance
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njambi
0 # njambi 2012-07-04 11:21
im interested in dairy goat rearing how do i acquire some?
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ndwiga
0 # ndwiga 2012-10-08 10:05
i have a pedigree German alpine mature male. if interested you can get in touch on 0725033566.thanks
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ndwiga
-1 # ndwiga 2013-02-27 16:24
the buck is gone .thanks guysQuoting ndwiga:
i have a pedigree German alpine mature male. if interested you can get in touch on 0725033566.thanks
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Mentech
0 # Mentech 2013-06-18 12:29
How much is it going for?
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Walker
0 # Walker 2013-10-21 14:19
Hi - was wondering if you have any young female German alpine so for sale and if not now, then when in the future? Any other contacts you may have would also be useful. Thank you.
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mugo
0 # mugo 2012-12-20 13:44
hi guys is there anybody with a very good dairy goat i just want to buy 14 of them contact me through 0726556126 James mugo kariuki nyahururu
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musa juma
0 # musa juma 2012-09-21 15:53
if you are interested in saanen goat, contact me on 0728346000
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Gabriel
-1 # Gabriel 2012-10-17 18:51
Great lessons here
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faiz
+2 # faiz 2012-10-22 16:55
i'm interested with the saneen breed, how can i acguire some.
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John Kinyua
0 # John Kinyua 2012-11-22 08:57
I'm interested in some saanen does and would be willing to get in touch with farmers offering other dairy breeds as well contact me on 0722995579
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joseph keverenge
+2 # joseph keverenge 2012-12-17 10:15
Iam interested in Alpine goats. Any ready supplier out there contact me on: 0735811501
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Rankes
0 # Rankes 2013-01-19 11:56
Hi all. I need 120 one year old tuggenburg; 80 female n 40 male. You have them please contact 0726 292 790 urgently
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waithera
0 # waithera 2013-02-11 13:51
where can i aquire Alpine goats i need to rear too i am in Kiambu area
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Koikai jesse
+3 # Koikai jesse 2013-04-06 10:44
Quoting waithera:
where can i aquire Alpine goats i need to rear too i am in Kiambu area

hi! Waithera i have the breeds of goats your looking for.call 0714850240
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sewe
0 # sewe 2013-02-26 12:26
Hi all. i need 60 (10 bucks and 50 does)goats preferably saanen and german alpines for rearing in the western and nyanza regions. kindly get in touch with me on 0713773913. urgent.
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Koikai jesse
0 # Koikai jesse 2013-04-06 10:53
Hae faiz! I have 10 saanen goats of which they are on sale.if still intrested call 0714850240
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MARIA NYAMBURA NJOROGE
0 # MARIA NYAMBURA NJOROGE 2013-04-16 13:52
i need 10 alphine german dairy goats ,where can i get them

mary
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Fred Kariuki
+1 # Fred Kariuki 2013-04-25 20:12
Have many Alpines. More than 100. I breeed in Mwea. Also have Pedigree bucks(registered)which can be used to cross-breed with locals. I am a professional breeder for the last 13yrs. contact:0722 323978 or 0736283835
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chege91
0 # chege91 2013-06-12 04:41
looking to buy pure breed Alpines. How much milk do you get from each and where in mwea are you located at. Am based in Chuka
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Magana K
0 # Magana K 2013-11-11 16:42
farm location and prices please.
Quoting Fred Kariuki:
Have many Alpines. More than 100. I breeed in Mwea. Also have Pedigree bucks(registered)which can be used to cross-breed with locals. I am a professional breeder for the last 13yrs. contact:0722 323978 or 0736283835
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Gilbert
0 # Gilbert 2014-03-15 22:32
Do you still have the Alpine. Please inbox me price for maturing females and males.Gilbert
0734005111
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Magana K
0 # Magana K 2013-11-11 16:43
farm location and prices please.

Quoting Fred Kariuki:
Have many Alpines. More than 100. I breeed in Mwea. Also have Pedigree bucks(registered)which can be used to cross-breed with locals. I am a professional breeder for the last 13yrs. contact:0722 323978 or 0736283835
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Koikai
0 # Koikai 2013-05-04 21:31
[fv]Hi mary! I have the pure pedigree german alpine.female and male,kindly contact me on 0714850240 for more information about the goats you are looking for.[/fv]
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kimosop
0 # kimosop 2013-05-24 17:28
i nid toggenburg goat 0720085731
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chege91
0 # chege91 2013-06-12 04:39
Hello
where can i buy pure breed alpines, saneens, toggs and nubian breed for milk.
email me at .
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koikai Jesse
0 # koikai Jesse 2013-07-08 20:26
you don't have to look for them any more.call 0714850240.The right person is here to serve you.
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Anne Maina
0 # Anne Maina 2013-08-27 15:56
my farm is in Ol Kalou which is the best dairy goats to keep and where can I get them.
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Anne Maina
0 # Anne Maina 2013-08-27 15:57
Im in Ol Kalou and would like to do Dairy Goat farming. Which is the best type for this area and where can I find them.
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esoot
-2 # esoot 2013-08-30 20:46
Is it possible to get in touch with a breeder of Alpine Goats for sale to a Ugandan farmer?
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Jesse koikai
+1 # Jesse koikai 2013-09-06 23:23
Hi, i believe you are still interested in enquiry about alpine goats.
For easy access and details of this drop your my or contact me to 0714850240 for more info:-
thanx
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karis
0 # karis 2013-09-18 12:44
Quoting Jesse koikai:
Hi, i believe you are still interested in enquiry about alpine goats.
For easy access and details of this drop your my or contact me to 0714850240 for more info:-
thanx

What variety of dairy goats do you have. I live in kiambu county and would like to have the details please
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Magana K
0 # Magana K 2013-11-11 16:44
farm location and prices please.
[quote name="Jesse koikai"]Hi, i believe you are still interested in enquiry about alpine goats.
For easy access and details of this drop your my or contact me to 0714850240 for more info:-
thanx[/
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S. Ligala, 0721766070
0 # S. Ligala, 0721766070 2013-10-09 22:10
I need 10 Alpine she goats n a he, - for milk in kisumu county.. Awasi Area.
Nearest supplier preferd for advice, easy access to aftr sale back up support.. n reduced transprt costs..
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davidkimani82
0 # davidkimani82 2013-10-11 16:22
Hi, im interested in rearing daily goats n wuld like advice of which breeds to rear, curently living at ngong. Kindly get to me urgently on 0722638274
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FRANCIS MARETE
+2 # FRANCIS MARETE 2013-11-03 10:55
Hello got ua advert in 'livestockkenya.co.ke'did u get the dairy goat you had wanted?.We are breeders of pure dairy goats and at the moment we have 700 goats for sale.NB;We offer free transport for to customers.Regards.FRANCIS MARETE. CONTACT. 0725730208
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Magana K
0 # Magana K 2013-11-11 16:39
farm location and breeds available and prices please.

Quoting FRANCIS MARETE:
Hello got ua advert in 'livestockkenya.co.ke'did u get the dairy goat you had wanted?.We are breeders of pure dairy goats and at the moment we have 700 goats for sale.NB;We offer free transport for to customers.Regards.FRANCIS MARETE. CONTACT. 0725730208
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Silas Inoti
0 # Silas Inoti 2013-11-18 11:49
Quoting FRANCIS MARETE:
Hello got ua advert in 'livestockkenya.co.ke'did u get the dairy goat you had wanted?.We are breeders of pure dairy goats and at the moment we have 700 goats for sale.NB;We offer free transport for to customers.Regards.FRANCIS MARETE. CONTACT. 0725730208

Hi Francis, I am interested. Please revert on email:
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Susan
-1 # Susan 2013-12-09 11:59
Hi,

I would like to start dairy goat farming in Kambaa area which is in Lari division. Please advice of the nearest location where i can purchase the goats and get information.
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Nicholas
0 # Nicholas 2013-12-09 16:50
I am interested in purchasing Toggenberg goats. Kindly get in touch.
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Abdul
0 # Abdul 2014-01-14 21:50
Hi,
which one can do best in hot weather like northern kenya? which one does best betweebn Alpine and Toggenburg?
How many litrs can they produce per day?
The cost price per type? market source?
Thanks.
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Ziporah
0 # Ziporah 2014-03-08 07:05
Hello. Fred kariuki thank you for the info, please advice me on which breed can do well. I live in Nanyuki it can get realy cold here but in summer it's extremely hot. I would also like to see how I can build a good house for them. I need about 4 and my friend 5. Can you organise clan so we can come and visit your farm? Please contact me on 0704861342.
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charles wathobio
0 # charles wathobio 2014-04-04 15:15
We have pedigree alphines for sale in nairobi contact 0722979075
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