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The Thuringian goat breed is a lively, friendly and happy goat breed. They have been around since the 1800’s as a family goat used for milk and cheese as well as meat production.
Today with their numbers as low as they are the goat is no longer used for meat but rather as milk and foliage control goat. They can also be kept as pets as they are very friendly, well behaved and seem to like human interaction.
Thuringian Goat Quick Profile Overview
|These lively happy little goats may soon become extinct if their population numbers are not regained|
|Country of Origin:||Germany|
|Other Names:||German Toggenburg, Thüringer Wald and Thüringer Waldziege|
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|Main Purpose:||Meat and milk|
|Can be used for||Breeding, Meat, Milk, Pets|
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|Temperament:||Calm, alert and well mannered|
|Good with Kids?||They can be good around supervised kids, but they are a bit bigger than the smaller breeds so special attention should be given in watching the children around this breed|
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|Ideal Environment:||They are very adaptive to most environments as long as there are good grazing and things to keep their intelligent minds occupied||Ideal Climate:||All climates|
Not Listed by the *ALC
|Health Issues?||No known health issues|
|Good Starter Goat?||They are more for the intermediate up farmers/homesteaders|
|Goat Associations:||No known goat associations|
|Goat Clubs:||No known goat associations|
|Note: *ALC stands for American Livestock Conservancy|
|They are very sweet looking little goats with happy little faces that have a white surround. They have compact bodies and very strong legs of medium to long length.|
|Color(s):||White markings on a chocolate brown/black color coat
There are no differences in the coat colors to distinguish the male from the female goat
|Breed Weight:||48 kg||55 kg|
|Breed Height:||74 cm at withers||78 cm at withers|
|Hair:||Short and coarse||Short and coarse|
|Ears:||Tubular that stand up straight from their head||Tubular that stand up straight from their head|
|Horns:||Usually born polled||Usually born polled|
|Matures at age:||5 to 15 months||3 to 15 months|
|Puberty Age:||4 to 10 months||4 to 9 months|
|Breeding Age:||18 months||1 year|
|Breeding Traits:||1 Breeding cycle||Cover 20 to 30 does in 1 season|
DOE BREEDING & MILKING INFORMATION
|They are seasonal breeders that only have one set of kids per season|
|Breeding Period/cycle:||Usually lasts 12 to 36 hours
Ave. 21 days/18 to 24 days
|Gestation Period:||Usually around 5 months|
|Kids:||Twins or triplets|
|Good Mothers?||They will wean their kids and look after them until they can fend for themselves|
|Lactation Period:||Usually around 250 to 284 days. Most common is 284 days|
|Milk Quality:||Their milk contains 3.5 % butterfat and they produce on average 700 to 1000 kgs of milk per season.|
|Milking Level:||They are not very hard to milk|
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GOOD TO KNOW
|Some information that is useful to know about the Thuringian Goat Breed|
|Where to buy them:||They are not found in the States so there is no information on where they can be bought. Please check with the various American Goat Associations which links and names can be found at the end of this article.|
|Agility:||They are very agile, nimble and quick|
|Interact with other animals:||They prefer to socialize and stick to their own species|
Thuringian Goats have a strong resistance to disease and parasites.
They are also excellent for keeping grass and thick bush under control. They are often used in the maintenance and clearing of brush and fields.
They are not used in leather production as their numbers are very limited today they are not usually culled.
They are no longer used for milk production and are mainly used for brush clearing and milk
The Thuringian goat breed originates from Thuringen in central Germany. It is a breed that has been selectively bred as an improvement on the German Improved Fawn goat breed. It was developed to have better milking production than the German Improved Fawn goat breed as well as be able to be used for meat production.
The Thuringian goat broad was developed by the selective crossing of the Thuringer Landziege, Rhonziege, Harzerziege and Toggenburg goat breeds. It was developed in Germany around 1885 and has since been well adapted to mountainous regions for which they are well known. They are also known to be able to walk for incredibly long distances and being really strong, hardy and versatile goats.
They were originally only known in the area of Thuringia but soon spread across the German Federal Republic and were known by many different names throughout the country.
They are very rare today and very much in danger of becoming extinct.
- American Goat Society(AGS)
- American Goat Federation (AGF)
- American Dairy Goat Association (ADGA)
- American Cashmere Goat Association (ACGA)
- Canadian Meat Goat Association (CMGA)
- Canadian Goat Society (CGS)
- Animal Shelter (ASPCA)
- American Veterinary Medical Association
- American Poultry Association
- American Animal Welfare Society
- American Animal Control
- American Animal Husbandry Society