When we first started looking at goats around 2019, we fell in love with Guernsey goats! Partly because that’s also the name of our favorite cattle breed, but mostly because they have such a neat history and everyone who has ever had them says that they’re incredibly hardy and sweet. Guernseys are believe to be descended from Swiss goats, including Oberhasli, and were originally found only on the British Isle of Guernsey. There was one single purebred Golden Guernsey herd here in the US for a while, but she had huge issues with Johne’s and had to cull most of them. You might still be able to find a few purebred males and straws of semen floating around, but they are very hard to come by.
Many farms, including ours, have started breed-up programs, pairing a purebred or American Guernsey buck with a Swiss doe. We will be trying this out with a few of our favorite Oberhasli does! We’re still learning the whole process and rules with the guidance of a few very helpful farms (especially Sarah at SWAK in Louisiana), but will write it out once we have it 100% down.
Our top goals for all of our goats, more or less in order, are:
Feel free to check out our breeding plan (subject to change).
HB2 / American
Tiny white spot