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rnrnSaanen Goatsrnare dairy goats that originated in Switzerland, in the Saanen Valley. By the late 19th century theyrnhad spread across Europe, and in the early 20th century were brought to the US.rnNow they are among the most popular dairy goat breeds, due to their highrnproductivity and ease of management.

rnrnSaanenrndoes are heavy milk producers and usually yield 3-4 percent milk fat. They are medium to large in size (weighingrnapproximately 145 lbs/65kg) with rugged bone and plenty of vigor.

rnrnSaanensrnare white or light cream colored; however white is preferred and spots on theirrnskin is not discriminated against and small spots of color on their hair isrnallowable, but not desirable. Saanen hair should be short and fine, although arnfringe over the spine and thighs is often present. Their ears should be erectrnand alertly carried, preferably pointing forward. Their face should be straightrnor dished, and a tendency toward a roman nose is discriminated against.

rnrnSaanenrnGoats are sensitive to excessive sunlight and performs best in coolerrnconditions, therefor shade is essential and tan skin is preferable.

rnrnSaanens are the largest of therngoat dairy breeds, and one of the largest milk producers. Does typically weighrnat least 135 pounds (61 kg) and stand 30 inches (76 cm) tall, with bucksrnweighing at least 160 pounds (73 kg) and standing 32 inches (81 cm). Thernprofile of the head is straight or dished (concave), with erect,rnforward-pointing mid-sized to large ears. Saanen does are known for their easernof management in herds, mellow temperaments and adaptability, as well as theirrnproduction abilities. Their milk generally has a butterfat content of 3-4%.

rnrnOrganizations for thernpreservation and advancement of the Saanen breed in the US include the NationalrnSaanen Breeders Association and the American Goat Society. The American GoatrnSociety, founded in 1935, registers nine breeds of goat, including the Saanen.

rnrnSaanen goats havernbeen used in hunger relief programs by Heifer International as gifts because ofrntheir ease of care and productivity.

Saanen Goats Associations


American Goat Society, inc. American Goat Society, inc. - www.AmericanGoatSociety.com


International Dairy Goat Registry - International Fiber Breed Registry - www.idgr-ifbr.com


National Saanen Breeders Association National Saanen Breeders Association - www.nationalsaanenbreeders.com


The American Dairy Goat Association - www.adga.org


The Canadian Goat Society The Canadian Goat Society - www.goats.ca


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