Originally Posted by NLS1
The farm I was at the other day had Alpine, Toggenburg, Saanen, Nubian, and maybe one other kind.
Which of any of those kinds would be a good breed for pack goats? on this thread someone said stay away from lop eared ones, which the nubian are.
The largest breed is the Saanan. The bucks that mine are by look to be at least 300 pounds. I bought two 90 pounders. Kept the larger one. By the first of summer he should reach 150 and be able to pack very lightly. There is a good chance of bone deformation if packed under 3 years.
The Saanan is said to have the best all around temperament of all of them. I really like my 165 pound Alpine doe. She's kind of like a horse when it's time to catch her. And she knows when it's time to catch her. She is 3 1/2 yrs, comes from a dairy show goat farm and is a well broke goat.
A goat is said to pack one third their weight all day. So I went with Saanan first.
It is said that Nubians are lazy. Thus I shun them. However, my 200 pounder of a questionable Nubian cross is a keeper. I think he' off in the head a touch but he fits in pretty good. He's uglier than sin and is of unknown age with some kind of a lump on :his gut which doesn't seem to bother him. And he was free.
3 goats will pack all my stuff except for the long range rifle, optics ect. Plus a 4'x4' size trailer is about perfect for 3 goats.
I will most probably add another goat to the string so I won't have to pack any thing except snacks and drink.