Alpine goats are medium- to large-sized goats that are known for their good milking ability. You also need to know how to properly take care of them.
The milk is full of protein but has more sugar than other goat milk. Their milk is healthier than other goat’s milk because it has very low levels of fat content. A goat can produce an average of 3 litres of milk a day. It is a popular choice for milk, ice-cream, cheese, and soap.
Goats can be milked about six weeks after puberty, although the optimal weight for the best dairy production is about 70 kg. Alpines will continue to produce high- quality milk if they receive proper nutrition. Once the goat has been milked, the milk must immediately be chilled. Warm milk allows bacteria to grow, causing the milk to spoil faster.
If the goats do not feel safe or are disturbed in any way, they will stop producing quality milk which would result in a loss for the farmer. With proper nutrition and care, however, Alpines can produce some of the best goat’s milk in the world.
Alpine goats will live 12 to 20 years if cared for properly. Alpines mostly eat organic foods such as alfalfa hay, grass, greens, and corn. Female goats should be milked and fed twice a day. Bucks, as well, should be fed twice a day.
The Alpine breed needs a warm, dry place to sleep. All goats are hardy creatures, but they do need a good shelter to protect them from the elements. A simple structure should be able to do the trick, and you should make sure that the door or opening is facing away from the prevailing winds. Goats need to be kept dry, so make sure that there are no leaks in the structure. Be on guard for leaks and always make sure that your goats have somewhere dry to sleep.
The structure needs to be ventilated without being drafty since a well-ventilated space prevents many different diseases. Goats are hygienic creatures, so their pen will need to be cleaned daily.
Goats require special attention, especially when they are pregnant or being milked. Try not to raise them around other farm animals. If you are just starting out, start with about two goats before expanding your herd or else they might be too much for you to handle. Never let your Alpines eat leftover feed, so be sure to feed them regularly with fresh food. Alpines need to be dewormed, so remember to ask your vet about deworming medicine. If you notice that one of your Alpines is sick, isolate them immediately and call the vet.