Sweet and spunky, the lovable Pygmy goat endears itself to all who know it.
This rare Swiss dairy breed is making a rebound thanks to the work of dedicated breeders.
Long ears and a loud voice make this popular dairy breed distinctive—but it does not come from Africa.
Goats of dwarfish proportions were once widespread across much of Africa, their historic home being a large swath stretching from the Atlantic coast inland as far as modern Sudan and almost spanning from 20°N to 20°S latitude. These miniature goats varied by region, some being stocky, cobby little animals and others proportioned like true dairyContinue reading “Nigerian Dwarf”
As its name suggests, the LaMancha does have ancestors from Spain, but it was developed entirely in the United States. Its story begins with the arrival of the conquistadors. The conquistadors and the missionaries who accompanied them always brought along livestock for food. Goats were usually among the herds and flocks, thanks to their versatility;Continue reading “LaMancha”
The French Alpine is considered an important commercial dairy breed around the world.
Milk components are a common topic related to dairy cattle. For example, when researching dairy breeds, one fact you will notice is that Jersey cows have more components in their milk than Holsteins do. So what are the components of milk? There are three main categories: Fat. Protein. Other solids. Fat When a cow’s rumenContinue reading “What Are Milk Components?”
The modern milking machine looks complex, but the principle on which it operates is actually quite simple—vacuum power.
Now that we know what brix is and how to measure it, we’re ready to find ways to apply this knowledge.
Brix is one of those topics that come up fairly frequently in sustainable agriculture. Simply put, brix is a measure of the sugar content of a plant or other substance. To be more specific, Brix expresses the weight of dissolved sugar as a percentage of the weight of the entire solution. Pure water has aContinue reading “Brix: What is It?”