If you have ever considered keeping dairy goats for home use or are seeking a suitable starter herd for your hobby farm, Saanens may be the best choice for you.
Saanens derived their name from the Saanen valley in the south of Canton Berne, Switzerland. In 1893 several thousand head were taken out of the valley and spread throughout Europe. Between 1904 and the 1920’s approximately 150 Saanens were imported into the United States from Switzerland.
Later importations came in via England. Today they have spread throughout the United States as one of the preferred dairy goats primarily because of their consistency in producing large quantities of milk in conjunction with their sturdiness, easy keepability and capacity to tolerate environmental change
Margaret and Tony are interested in helping preserve the genetics of he Saanen Doe, but since the importation of the Boer goat from South Africa in the early 1900s, the gene pool has been severely reduced because goat breeders are breeding their Saanen Does to Boer Bucks. Margaret & Tony only breed their Does to Saanen Bucks.
Amaranth Farm Does produce around three to four litres of milk a day. After the kids are born (usually in March) the milk is used to make soft cheese for home use.
Those interested in learning more about homesteading or goat management (including milking and cheese making) please contact Amaranth Farm to arrange a visit.
Generally available: Young stock of Saanen dairy goats available in September and sometimes a yearling ready for breeding. Also goat meat and farm eggs.