The Alpines International Club was founded in 1958 to develop, preserve and promote the Alpine Dairy Goat. This non-profit club serves to connect all Alpine enthusiasts by providing a forum through which they can share information, news and ideas. Alpines International invites anyone with an interest in the Alpine breed to become a member.
The Alpine is a medium to large sized dairy goat with upright ears and a medium to short hair coat. This breed can be seen in an assortment of colors and color combinations. They are hardy adaptable animals that can thrive in a variety of climates and maintain good health and strong production. In America, we have two subsets of Alpines; the French Alpine and the American Alpine.
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Today’s Alpines are a versatile utility animal. Alpine does make excellent milkers for both home and commercial dairies. Alpines produce a high volume of milk. They have the ability to milk through, meaning that they can produce over a period of one to three years between freshenings. This produces valuable year round milk and reduces breeding costs. Alpine milk has a high cheese yield because of good butterfat and protein content. The all-time ADGA production record for an Alpine was set in 1982 by Donnie’s Pride Lois producing 6,416 pounds of milk over a 305 day lactation. Alpines produce well on pasture or in dry-lotted hay fed conditions. They are known for being exceptionally hardy, curious, and friendly. The beauty and intrigue of Alpine colors make them appealing to everyone.
While Alpine does make excellent dairy producers, bucks make good meat animals and will often gain weight as fast as the meat breeds. Alpine wethers also make excellent pack goats. They tend to be larger, stronger, and healthier than many other goat breeds. They train easily, bond with their keepers, and retain their guard dog like instinct out on the trail. An experienced Alpine Pack Goat can be amazingly trail wise. He will remember a trail he has been on and can lead the pack through snow and fog. Alpine Pack Goats thrive in most climates and they tolerate heat better than Saanens and Toggs. The variety of coat colors makes them appealing to the pack goat buyer.
In 2010, ADGA registered a total of 6,626. In 2011, ADGA registered a total of 6,220 Alpines making them the second most popular breed in America. Alpines continue be a breed of choice for many producers, from backyard hobbyists, to show enthusiasts, to commercial dairymen. –“The History of Goats in America”