ON DISPLAY Elaine Woodmass with British Toggenburg
goat Sharlotte at the Glendale Show
In the United States, we have six main dairy breeds: Alpine, La Mancha, Nubian, Oberhasli, Saanen, and Toggenburg
But while an African goat yields about half-a-litre of milk each day, a Toggenburg
will give up to two litres.
The Alpine, Nubian, and Toggenburg
are breeds that tend to be willful and independent minded.
The herd - made up of Toggenburgs
, Alpines, Saanens, Anglo-Nubians and crosses - now runs to 120 goats.
Last year we had Kikos, Toggenburgs
, lots of Boers, llamas, alpacas, and mini donkeys.
She used to produce goat's milk commercially but is now content to run a smaller herd of six milking British Alpines and a couple of productive British Toggenburgs
and Saanens came originally from the Swiss Alps and French Alpine from nearby French Alps.
We recently acquired two Toggenburgs
, Rocky and Bullwinkle, who are two years old and 32" and 30" tall, weighing about 125 pounds apiece.
For many years it was whispered in goat circles that the milk from poet Carl Sandburg's Toggenburgs
, on the other hand, have only one color pattern.
Broadside Jinty is a contender in the Goats: Section 2 Class 12 for "British Toggenburg
female goat, over one year but not exceeding two years", at Monday's Northumberland County Show at Tynedale Park in Corbridge.