Dairy Goat Exports
The Saanen is a Swiss breed which originated in the Saane Valley. It is now the most popular dairy goat breed in many countries, including Australia.
Saanen does are heavy milk producers and usually yield between 3% and 4% fat. The Saanen is a typical dairy-type animal, it has a dished or straight facial line and a wedge-shaped body. Saanens are of medium height when compared with the other Alpine breeds in Australia. Does weigh at least 64 kg. The average height measured at the withers, is about 81 cm for does and 94 cm for bucks.
Australian-bred Saanens are of world standard and have set many milk producing records. Saanens have been used in many parts of the world in grading-up local breeds.
British Alpine Goats
The British Alpine is very active and suited for a free ranging situation. British Alpines are excellent milkers, well known for their extended lactations. They also have a well- known ability to keep milking through the colder months.
These goats have good-sized teats, which allow easier milking. They are a good producer of high-quality milk.
British Alpine does are medium to heavy milk producers. Fat yield is usually between 3% and 4%.
The Boer goat is a breed of goat that was developed in South Africa in the early 1900s for meat production. Their name is derived from the afrikaans (dutch) word “boer”, meaning farmer. Although Boer goats raised specifically for show purposes may seem to have little in common with pastured commercial goats, the difference is superficial. They are bred to be larger than normal goats, and meet specific visual appearances, but these very characteristics are valuable genes to add to the commercial herd.
A high-quality buck can produce high-quality offspring even when mated with an average doe. Boer goats tend to gain weight at about the same rate as their sire, so a buck from a proven fast-growing bloodline will command the highest price, as its offspring will tend to also be fast growers.
The Australian Boer Goats provides a number of advantages for the international market such as:
- A source of top quality genetics.
- Animals that have been selected to thrive in a range of farming conditions.
- A highly versatile breed that complements other livestock production.
- A cost effective meat production resource.
- A product of a clean pristine sea-locked continent which is free from many diseases.