About Our Goats
We love our Alpines. The heard we currently have consist of American and French Alpine diary goats. currently we have 7 does and 3 bucks. Our end goat is to have at least 25 milking does in milk with 25 to 50 in rotation for a continued milking cycle throughout the year.
Alpine goats are a medium to large sized breed. Males are over 32in tall at the withers and females are over 30in tall at the withers. Their hair is short to medium in length, and they come in all colors and combinations of colors. They have erect ears and a straight profile, and are described as being "alertly graceful" with the ability to adapt to any climate thanks to their hardy nature. They are the only breed with erect ears that comes in all colors and combinations of colors. Alpine goats are friendly and highly curious, however they can be independent and strong-willed.
Alpines goats originated in the French Alps, and are descended from the Pashang goat, also known as the Bezoar goat.
Alpine goats were first brought to North America in 1922 by Dr Charles P. Delangle, who imported 19 does and 3 bucks. They were shipped from Paris to New Orleans (quarantined in Cuba along the way), and transported overland by rail to California, where Delangle kept his herd, "Alpine Goat Dairy". However, on August 20, 1923 he was expelled from the American Milk Goat Record Association and soon after sold his herd. All modern goats registered as purebred Alpines in the United States are directly descended from these 22 animals.
Over time, crossbreeding of French Alpines with various breeds of goat produced the American Alpine, a sub-type of Alpine dairy goat. This sub-type is generally a larger, stronger and more productive animal than the purebred type.
American Alpine goats have been crossbred to introduce new genetics suited for dairying, while still retaining much of the type of French Alpines.Known for its milk, the Alpine goat is famous for its rich dairy production. Alpine goats are extremely popular in the dairy industry for their docile temperament, high quality milk output and long lactation. Alpine milk has relatively low fat content, with an average fat percent of 3.4%. It is higher in sugars than cows' milk but balances itself in terms of the amount of protein. Alpine Goats' milk has 2.3g of protein per 250ml while Cow’s milk has 3.4 A higher protein count is not always good, since it packs more calories with an increased fat content. Compared to Saanen Goat Milk, it is higher in all nutritional aspects, except the fat content, making it a much healthier choice.
Alpine goats are one of the top milk producers.