We began our goat adventure in June of 2007, when my husband bought me a pair of Nigerian Dwarf milking does, as well as two baby bucklings and a tiny whether. I was instantly in love with these cute and personable little pets who also offered us a surprising amount of rich and creamy milk for our family. Thankfully this milk tasted nothing like the goat’s milk we had tried from the store. We already had chickens for eggs and a large garden so adding milk producers to our barnyard just made sense. My parents quickly joined in, and our herd became a joint effort.
As our family grew, so did the size of our goats. With five children, and three more on the way, we find ourselves consuming a lot of milk. Since we prefer to milk just once a day we decided to start looking for a full size dairy goat to help with the output. By this time though, we were really taken with the Nigerian Dwarves and their really rich milk, so we needed just the right goat to meet our needs. We found the perfect fit in our Alpine, Sadie. The special thing about Sadie is that she comes from milking lines with unusually rich milk for the breed. In her, we found the milk quantity of the Alpine with the rich milk that is great for drinking as well as making yogurt, ice cream, and cheese.
This year we bred our Alpine does (Sadie and her daughter Diamond) to our Nigerian Dwarf Buck. The result are first generation mini-Alpines. Since our goal is family milk that is rich and plentiful we feel that these goats will be a wonderful mix of the two breeds. The other nice feature is that the bucklings, when whethered, are still small enough to make exceptional pets for children or companion animals for horses and other livestock.