Breeds of Goats
The main breeds of goats that we see in the U.S. include the Boar, Kiko, Spanish Meat goat, Pygmy, Tennessee Fainting Goat, Angora, LaMancha, Saanan, French Alpine, Oberhasli, Nubian, Toggenburg, Nigerian Dwarf and the Sable. These are the breeds that our 4-H students should be familiar with. The descriptions and images in this skillathon manual come from http://www.ansi.okstate.edu/breeds/goats. If you access that site you will find many more breeds as well as much more detailed descriptions of the breeds.
Spanish Meat Goat
The oldest known dairy goat breed. Medium in size, vigorous, and alert in appearance. Hair is short or medium length, soft, fine and lying flat. Its color is solid varying from light fawn to dark chocolate with no preference. Distinct white markings: white ears with dark pot in middle, two white stripes down the face from above each eye to the muzzle; hind legs white from hocks to hooves; forelegs white from knees downward with dark lien (band) below the knee; white triangle on either side of the tail; white spot present at root of wattles. Performs best in cooler conditions. Noted for excellent udder development and high milk production. Face should be straight or dished.