Our Amazing Goats!
When we bought our first small herd of goats, we had no idea that we would totally fall in love with these personable, gentle animals. At Summerhill, we milk a variety of goats and each breed has its own unique characteristics that contribute to the mild and delicious flavor of our milk.
Alpine goats were originally found in the French Alps. They are great milk goats. They are colorful too – from white and gray to brown and black. Their ears and horns stand erect and they have a long straight face.
Nubians originated in Great Britain, but are a mix of goats from Africa, Asia and Europe. Their milk has lots of butter fat in it. They have big floppy ears. Nubians are usually brown, but can actually be any color.
Saanen goats were originally from the Saanen valley in Switzerland. Saanens are large and graceful. They are very gentle goats. They are usually white or cream colored with a white beard. Saanens give the most milk of all the types of goats we have.
Toggenburgs were originally from the Toggenburg valley in Switzerland. They are light to dark brown with specific white lines and spots on their bodies. They are smaller than Saanens and give less milk.
La Manchas are very funny goats because they look like they have no ears! Their ears are described as “gopher” or as “elf” ears. They do have the inside parts of ears, it’s just the outside pinna that are very, very small. La Manchas are often brown, but can be any color.