The British Alpine Goat – Milk
The British Alpine goat is a breed of domestic goat developed in the early 1900s in parts of the United Kindom.
The British Alpine Goat is thought to have partially originated from the breeding of a captive goat in the Paris Zoo in 1903. It is believed that a goat was bred with Sedgemere Faith, a captive doe in the Paris Zoo. The first type-standard was created in England in 1919 after a substantial number were bread. The breed was around before this well known breeding however the breeding with Sedgemere Faith is thought to be a defining moment for the breed. The British Alpine Goat was noted in the British Goat Society herd book in 1926.
The British Alpine goat is a large goat. They are typically black with white Swiss markings, however due to a recessive gene, they are found demonstrating a completely black coat, known as an ‘all black’.
British Alpine goats, along with other common breeds of dairy goats, have a wedge shaped head.
The British Alpine is a very active goat and is better suited to large free-range setups. British Alpine Goats generally produce a high quality milk and are known for their sustained lactation throughout the winter.
A standard British Alpine has a straight muzzle, well-set eyes, erect ears, good-sized teats (female), lack of tassles and are overall a well-defined, neatly built goat. Their black coat may lighten due to a lack of copper in the diet, which is one of the most essential minerals to all goats and the colour of the coat may indicate their copper intake.
British Alpines are known for excellent milking quantities and for their extended lactation periods. They also have the ability to continue lactation through the winter seasons.
British Alpine Goats have large sized teats which allow easier milking and are known as a producer of high quality milk.
Note: British Alpines are very active, loud goats. They are not suited as being pets or contained indoors. They do not work well in enclosed captivity or in feed-lot style operations and perform best when allowed to free range.