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Location: Holland Farm, Chesapeake VA


alpine goat ALPINE Alpines come in a broad range of colors, and have erect ears. They are good milk goats. They are independent, quiet and hardy.
angora goat ANGORA Angoras originated in the Himalyas. They are most noted for their hair. The Angora goat grows about one inch of hair a month all year round. Texas is the largest producer of mohair in the world after South Africa. Although I have heard that the Angora is the least tasty of the goat breeds when crossed with Boer, it produces a large muscular, palatable goat.
boer goat BOER The Boer goat has gained popularity over the past 7 years as a meat goat. Some of the first Boer goats to hit the US were priced well over $10,000.00 a head, but now the prices fit most farm budgets. Boer goats are most widely recognized by the standard white body and red head,long droopy ears & roman nose. They are the most gentle of any of the breeds we have had on our farm. The boer is a striking, hardy animal. A good Boer Buck is an excellent way to enhance your herd size. Boer goats can also be found with black heads or in all red varieties.
No Picture CASHMERE These goats are also known for their fiber. Cashmere is not like the mohair the Angora produces. It is a fine underdown, that they shed in the spring.
No Picture Kiko This breed has been presenting itself as a strong meat goat breed over the past few years. Certainly one to consider if you are operating a meat goat herd.
la mancha goat LA MANCHA The La Mancha is the easiest to identify. They have no ears! If you can get past the "no ears" they are a large animal that is a great cross with the boers for meat.
myotonic goat MYOTONIC Often called the "Fainting Goat" or "Stiff Legged Goat", or TN Meat Goat, this breed will stiffen and may fall if off-balance when it gets nervous. But don't worry, it doesn't hurt them. Va State University has included this breed in their Meat Goat Program. Suzanne Gasparato of Onion Creek Ranch is noted for this breed, and in Virginia VMGA Member Dr. Sponnenberg raises them.
nubian goat NUBIAN Undoubtedly, a favorite! Long and drooping ears make this breed irresistable to look at. Because Nubians are milk goats and have been handled for years, they normally are extremely friendly. They withstand heat well, which is a real plus in the South, although we have found that they are not the hardiest of the breeds we raise.
oberhasli goat OBERHASLI Not the prettiest of goats. The Oberhasli is in the Alpine family. We have one, we affectionatley call her Bullwinkle (she looks like a moose!) Usually, Oberhasli's are chestnut brown with black markings. They are extremely friendly. Although classified a milk goat, the Oberhasli is a large breed that will cross well with the large meat goats.
pygmy goat PYGMY Another favorite because of its small size. We breed Pygmy goats to sell as pets. Pygmy goats are naturally more resistant to parasites. The Pygmy does not get over 20 inches high. They can be milked but only give about 1/3 the milk of other breeds. They are quite prolific breeders and will breed any size goat, so keep them separate unless you want 1/2 pygmy kids running around!
saanen goat SAANEN Among the largest and most popular of the swiss breeds. A mature doe weighs about 135 lbs. and stands about 30 inches at the withers. The Saanen is all white and has very short hair. Saanens are milk and meat goats.
spanish goat SPANISH Spanish goats are of the meat variety. They are resilient and thrifty. Many cross breeds are called Spanish Goats....but true Spanish goats are hard to find, and can be found in every color imaginable. Spanish goats are also called Brush goats.
toggenburg goat TOGGENBURG Toggenburgs are usually some shade of brown and white markings on the face and rear.

There are many different types of goats. We have three herds on our farm. We have a small Pygmy Herd that we sell for pets. We also have a Boer herd. These South African goats are a meat breed. They grow much larger than most of the other breeds and their conformation is markedly more muscular. Our third herd is strictly a meat goat herd. The sire is a Full Blood Boer Buck we call Choctaw, the does are mostly 1/2 Boer, Spanish, Nubian and Alpine goats. The boer cross has proven to give us a significant weight gain as compared to the non-BoerX kids we have raised. The feed-to-weight conversion tells us that the Boer-X kids are packing on more pounds than other breeds on the same nutrition plan.

Our goal is to produce a strong, healthy goat regardless of the herd!

We have found that Pygmy goats are more naturally parasite resistant than other goats. Va State University has released some research they have done with the same findings. The most important thing you can do for your goats to keep them healthy is to follow a good parasite control plan. We highly recommend investing in a microscope to check your worm load and the effectiveness of your worming system.

There are good traits in every goat line. You will have to select your goats by what is important to you.

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