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Toggenburg Goats

A Minority Breed of Swiss Origin

Toggenburg doe and kid (Photo from New Zealand Dairy Goat Breeders Assosiation)
Toggenburg doe and kid
(Photo from NZ Dairy Goat Breeders Association)

      The Toggenburg is Swiss dairy breed of goat – a little smaller in size than the Saanen but producing better quality milk.   As with the Saanen, the Toggenburg underwent a development programme when introduced to Britain – the resulting British Toggenburg being a heavier animal with an improved milk quality.

      It is named for its origin in the Toggenburg Valley in Switzerland. It is of medium size, sturdy, vigorous and alert in appearance.

      The colour is brown, varying from light fawn to dark chocolate. Distinct white Swiss markings are: facial stripes from above the eye to the muzzle, edges and tips of the ears, legs from the knees and hocks down to the hooves and the inside of the legs to the trunk, on the rump and around the tail.

      By the middle of the year 2002, 4146 Toggenburgs had been registered with the New Zealand Dairy Goat Breeders Association, representing 8.10% of registered dairy goats.

The Rare Breeds Conservation Society of New Zealand thanks the » New Zealand Dairy Goat Breeders Association for assistance with the preparation of this page.

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