The most popular goat in our goat farmers’ barns is the Saanen. This white, short-haired breed feels completely at home in our straw stalls.
Like cows, goats are ruminants. They like to eat plant food such as grass and maize, and they drink plenty of water. Our goat farmers also feed concentrates to the animals, for extra energy and protein, and lick blocks for extra minerals.
Goats are very picky animals and they don't just eat and drink everything they are given. If a drinking trough is dirty, a goat will never drink from it. Hygiene is very important to goats!
Dairy goats’ pickiness is also seen in the fact that they don’t like rain or bright sun. They prefer to stay in a safe, dry and shady place, such as a barn.
To make the lives of our dairy goats as comfortable as possible, all of our goat farmers have spacious, light goat barns. The barns are equipped with straw, which is mucked out on a daily basis.
The dairy goats’ welfare is very important to us. The veterinarian carries out regular check-ups. In addition, the goats’ hooves are trimmed at least two times a year (nails cut).
Because goats all look very similar to each other, at birth they are provided with an ear tag which carries a unique registration number. This number is linked to a computer system in which all the information about the goat is stored.
A goat produces milk after kidding for the first time (the birth of a kid). At the age of seven months, the does are ready to mate with a buck. After a gestation period of five months, the goat gives birth to two to three kids and the milk production starts.
The Saanen goat is considered to be the best dairy goat in the world. This is because with proper care, this goat produces up to 5 litres of milk per day. Just like cows, goats are milked twice a day.