Bessie is the oldest in our herd and also the Queen. She was the biggest goat at the NW Montana Fair until she was retired from 4-H in 2016. She is still teaching the kids how to play and graze in the lower pasture.
Colored Saanens are now referred to as Sables and are now a recognized breed. They are color variations of Saanens due to a recessive gene; they have sometimes referred to as
"the Saanens in party clothes".
The hair of the Saanen goat is short and white and the skin color should be tan or white.
Bailey was our second Saanen. She is a bit of a playful one and a drama queen. If ever there was a Barbie goat Bailey would be the girl in the pink tutu. That being said she is a great milker and has won several awards before she also retired from 4-H and the fair
Saanen is the most productive milk goat in the world. Saanen goats bring their own unique characteristics of high milk production with a lower butterfat percentage. The butterfat percentage is usually in the 3.5% range. The average milk production of a Saanen goat doe is 2545 pounds of milk per year.
Clara is the sweetheart of our herd. She is the one that is willing to learn and wanting to please. We are excited to see how Clarabelle and her twin sister Charlotte will progress through the years. Clara and Charlotte came to us in June of 2018. They came from a kidding of triplets, the third kid was a little buckling. But, unfortunately, we didn't have the need for him.
This breed is a good choice for children and beginners in the goat world. Saanens possess a calm temperament. You often hear the terms hardy, calm and sweet used to describe the breed. At over 30 inches tall at the shoulder and with considerable weight, the Saanen could be considered the gentle giant of the goat world.
Charlotte is the ham of our herd. Like her sister, Clarabelle she is a fast learner but she does it in a way that makes use laugh. Her sense of humor is fun loving. Charlotte, Clarabell, and their brother were born on March 25, 2018. their first breeding was late January-February 2019.
Saanen goats are tolerant of many climates and take the change in stride. Due to their tan or light skin, having available shade is a must for Saanen goats. Some feel that this breed produces better in cooler climates but that does not seem to hold true. The Saanen goat breed seems to thrive and have high production in almost every area. As long as their needs for shade, shelter, pasture or quality hay and fresh clean water are made available.
Clyde is the newest member of the herd. Of course, being the buck he is one of the most important. He has been a pretty easy going guy. He loves attention and would probably make a good pack goat or goat cart goat if he didn't get distracted by the ladies.
The typical goat will give birth to 2 to 3 kids, Nigerian Dwarf goats can give birth up to 5 kids per pregnancy! The one thing all goats have in common is their time of gestation, which is usually about 150 days. Although some goats can breed all year long, the majority of the breeds only mate in season. This specifically applies to fertile goats. A breeding season for the average goat lasts from the month of September to the month of March.