Monday, October 19, 2009

Goatucation - Back To Basics, The Toggenburg Goat

I am sure you remember last week's Goatucation when I told you all about the Nigerian Dwarf goat. It is one of my favorite topics!  I suspect you can guess why....

This week I was told upon penalty of no apples  am happily going to tell you all about Mallory's breed, the Toggenburg goat.

At least that is what the publicist thinks she is. You will recall that when Jillian and Mallory came to the Farm  we really did not know that much about them other than they were not being treated very well and they needed a good home.Their former owners did not know anything about them so the publicist had to look at photos on the internet to try and figure out what breed they were. Mallory seems bored by it all, don't you think?

Her best guess for Mallory is Toggenburg so that is what I am going to tell you about today. She thinks Jillian might be an Alpine so I will probably be forced  happily tell you about them next week. It's also likely that neither Jillian or Mallory are full bred like me.( I am a perfect example of my breed.)

But on to the Toggenburg.  They are a Swiss variety of dairy goat known to come from the Toggenburg Valley in Switzerland. So I guess we know how they got their name... They are also the oldest known breed of dairy goat. (That might explain some of Mallory's A.T.T.I.T.U.D.E. - she acts like she is something special!) 

Toggenburg goats produce milk that is about 2 - 3% butterfat (take that Mallory - I give better milk) One good thing about this breed - they like cool conditions so they are suited to the climate here in Montana.

I hope you enjoyed learning more about Mallory the goat and Toggenburg goats.

Tomorrow:  Emily Flies!


  1. Hi Priscilla! You are the winner of my UPrinting Sticker/Label giveaway!

    I am going to be sending your first name and email address that's listed on your Blogger profile. They will contact you in the next week or so with instructions on how to redeem your prize. Congratulations!

  2. p.s. UPrinting will contact you by November 6. :o)

  3. We play the guessing game about our Nibbles too.The Boy thinks she is possibly part Toggenberg also.Whatever they are,they have sweet and lovely faces,our girls!

  4. I recently saw my first Togg in person. She was beautiful. I love the coloring.

  5. I never heard of that kind of goat before. Neat-o!

  6. Mallory is certainly beautiful. Just not as beautiful as a Nigerian Dwarf goat. I have to admit, reading that post caused me to investigate getting goats of my own.

  7. That was very interesting. I love how all of you are different goats. Variety is the spice of life, right?!

  8. We have had a few we had to guess on as well :O)...

    We still are not sure what our male Harrison is, the Vet said his guess was Pygmy and Cashmere... Harrison has very long hair ... I bought him because I feel in love with the way he looked and so our venture into goats began :O)...

  9. i just love all goats now and i never even thought about a goat before finding this blog!!! i collected some things along the way on my trip for all of you but you will have to be patient and wait until christmas time to get them!!!! i like surprises!!!

  10. blueviolet - you have NO idea....

    Joy - thank you! The publicist is going to use them for my rich soap.

    Melodie - it is tough for the publicist but Mallory sure LOOKS like a Toggenburg...

    Carolyn - the publicist thinks she looks like a pot of melted chocolate.

    Daisy - we are teaching each other, aren't we?

    Anne - I will happily send you Abby. No charge!

    Cute - rather like cats, eh?

    Texan - Harrison is a handsome fellow. If I weren't so in love with my Luke....

  11. Another interesting Goatucation! We hadn't heard of a Toggenburg goat so we learned something today!

  12. how CUTE are your goats! didn't know much about goats and i just got goaticated LOL. great blog!

  13. Congrats on your above win :) Also, I did enjoy reading about your new goats. I am so jealous you get to play with them everyday!


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