Why keep goats? What is so great about them? For small farmers, hobby farmers, and homesteaders alike, goats can be a great choice of species. They're good for milk, meat, fiber, and more.
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There are several types of miniature goats that are ideal for hobby farms and homesteads. One such type is the miniature Alpine goat (often just called a mini Alpine), which is a cross between an Alpine goat female (doe) and a Nigerian dwarf goat male (buck). Like the Nigerian dwarf goat, this is a dairy breed, i.e. made for producing milk, but its size is roughly halfway between the Nigerian dwarf goat and a standard goat in size. Despite this smaller size, it produces nearly as much milk as a full-sized goat.
Mini Alpines are renowned for having calm, loving, sweet personalities; these goats also have a reputation for being somewhat "hard-headed," so be aware that you might find either one of, or a mixture of, those personalities in your mini Alpines!