Goats


About Saanens

We raise a small herd of Saanen dairy goats that is an integral part of the whole here at Greenwood Organics.

Saanen goats are among the largest and calmest of the dairy goats and are one of the best milk producers. They are calm and mild mannered, inquisitive and intelligent. They are medium to large in size, weighing approximately 65 kg (145 lbs), rugged and hardy.

Playful and eager to learn- the hallmarks of healthy, happy goats

Playful and eager to learn- the hallmarks of healthy, happy goats

Saanens originated in the Saanen valley in Switzerland where they were bred for hardiness and milk production. In 1893 many were taken out of the valley and spread throughout Europe. Between 1904 and the 1930′s, approximately 150 Saanens were imported into the United States and then into Canada. According to Rare Breeds Canada, the Saanen goat is considered “at risk” but interest and numbers in Canada are growing.

Young kids are too inquisitive to notice the fresh grass

Young kids are too inquisitive to notice the fresh grass

Our Herd

At Greenwood Organics our goats are on pasture or in the forest whenever possible. Any supplemental feed or nutrients is certified organic ensuring that they consume no GMO’s or pesticides. We follow their natural breeding cycle, meaning that we generally breed in October or November with kids born in March or April of the following year (150 days later).

Beautiful Saanen yearling doe.

Beautiful Saanen yearling doe.

Yearling aunt taking care of new additions to the herd.

Yearling aunt taking care of new additions to the herd.

We do not dis-bud (remove the horns from) our goats for many of the reasons stated by the International Dairy Goat Registry as described in this article and in this excellent discussion.

Goats for Sale

From time to time, we will have does (dry or milking, or yearlings ready for breeding), bucks and wethers for sale.

Our kids are usually born between late March and May. If you are interested in purchasing a goat, please contact us well in advance of those dates. After kidding, we will post whether we have bucklings available. Bucklings must be paid for in full and will be ready for pickup in July if you wish them to stay on their does or immediately for bottle feeding at a reduced price.

Milk and Other Dairy Products

Even though we raise dairy goats, we produce milk and dairy products for our personal use only. We are not a professional or licensed dairy and do not sell cheese, milk or any other dairy products.