We have chosen to raise La Mancha and La Mancha x Alpine dairy goats. We love their sweet temperaments and rich milk. La Mancha’s are considered a medium size goat. They originated in the US from goats of Spanish origin and do well in our Texas heat. La Manchas are seasonal breeders. La Manchas are often called the perfect *homestead goat* and it is said they have a will to milk. The most distinguishing characteristic of La Mancha goats is something they seem to be missing…. EARS. Now, they do have ears, but very small and unique in comparison to the long eared Nubian or the upright ears of the Alpine.
We raised Mini La Manchas for a bit… but since our goal is milk we shifted directions a few years ago. I firmly believe crosses are more hale and hardy… so we decided to add some Alpine influence to our herd… and along came Calvin our Alpine buck.
We raise our babies CAE preventative. We pull kids at birth and hand raise feeding heat treated colostrum then pasteurized milk. Our kids are extremely friendly thanks to all the interaction with the two legged kids.
Though we enjoy all aspects of our farm I think the goats remain the favorites. Goats are incredibly personable animals.
You can find our 2018 Goat Sale Page here…