We have been selling pack goats for 15 years and have
decided it was time for a page on our web site.
I viewed a few pack goat sites and realized some important factors that
some other sites don’t bring to your attention.
Our registered goats are appraised and judged by American
Dairy Goat Association (ADGA) licensed
professionals. ADGA has established an
Alpine breed standard that we are trying to meet. The pack goat industry has not yet developed
a breed standard. I feel this is a huge
advantage for us. It is my understanding
that size is an emphasized and seems to be the most important factor in the
pack goat industry. Even though we have
some of the largest Alpines, we’d like to bring other factors to your
We breed for strong feet and legs in our does and our
bucks. We strive to have a strong
front-end assembly, width in the loin and back and thou out, tight toes, deep
hills, strong pasterns, length & depth of body and an overall tall, angulated
upstanding animal. The Alpine breed has
a history of weak pasterns, toeing out and front-ends that are too far
forward. We are still working on
breeding these traits out. Your kid may have picked up these traits. ADGA has a
program called Linear Appraisal. Even
though it is a dairy program, you can use this program to evaluate the dam
& sire of your kid. You can get
individual numbers on, stature, strength, rump angle, and rump width and rear
leg angulation. You can get the individual ratings on head, shoulder assembly,
front & rear legs, feet, back & rump. You have to get the actual height
& width numbers in inches from us.
We have a CAE &
brucellosis free herd. We raise our kids on the dam for 4 weeks and then train
them to a bottle and bottle feed pasteurized milk until weaned, usually around
10 weeks of age. From our past
experience, kids raised on heat-treated colostrum don’t have as strong an
immune system as one raised on mom’s unmolested milk. Leaving the kids with mom gives them a better
start. Mammas need their babies and the
babies need their mammas. We have found
the kids to have much more size with this method. By the end of 10 weeks we have a friendly
healthy kid. You are welcome to take
your kid at 6 weeks of age and bottle-feed him for 4 more weeks or longer. We will provide the milk for this as long as
we have the milk.
Another advantage our kids have is altitude. Our goats live at 6800 feet. When you get a pack goat from us, he’s
already acclimated to the high elevation.
He will adjust well to your new home if you live below 6800 feet. Respiratory issues are less likely, then if
you buy a kid from a lower elevation.
Because most customers don’t want their buck kids castrated,
we do not castrate ordered pack goats, unless requested by the buyer. It is industry practice to castrate from 6 to
8 months of age. We dehorn all kids, unless otherwise requested by the
buyer. We will leave the horns on if
the kid is paid for in full by 8 days of age.
We do not have a place to keep older kids with horns. We will also tattoo your kid upon
request. This is a permanent form of
To order a kid, check out our order a kid page and send a
$50 deposit for your chosen breeding to Mamm-Key Alpine Dairy Goats, LLC, 7195
CO RD 315, Silt, CO 81652. The full price is $150, boys only. You should pick up your kid here at the
ranch and all shipping cost is the responsibility of the buyer. Breeding stock has first priority over pet or
packing stock. You are welcome to pay
the breeding price for your boy, if you want first rights.
The Alpine is number one for packing. They are intelligent and have more endurance
then many of the other breeds. We will work with you to help you get the pack
goat family you have always wanted.
Thank you for your interest in our herd.
Tina Antes, member manager