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I am starting to educate myself on raising goats, but I can't find much about what species of goat is best in what climate. Does anybody have any suggestions on what type of goat would do well in zone 8 in the middle of Alabama. We have hot humid summers with many 100+ days and winters are cool with only a few days getting into the 20s. There main purpose would be for land clearing and meat on a farm thats organic and some form of permaculture. It will be a couple of years before this happens I am just looking for some guidance on what types to keep in mind when this ball starts rollin.
 
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If your going for meat and brush. You'll want a full bodied tall goat to reach high and have a good slaughter weight. Kiko, and spanish are the best.
I leave off boer goats because of their price. Here in Alabama a boer stud goat sells for around $350-$500.
Females running in the $150-$200 range.

It's really whatever you can afford though. Crosses give really good results and a better of a chance for disease resistance.
Get a really nice buck and just a grab a bunch of craigslist does. You can build up a really nice heard in a few short years. Eat the billies and a few doe culls and keep all your nice does for breeding stock.

Keep an eye on craigslist and all the alabama livestock trader pages on Facebook.


Don't forget about goat milk for drinking, cheese, and soap.
Alpine, and Nubian are great milkers.
 
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Thank you Jay for the info, I have a lot of learning to do but from the little I've read about the two and pics I'm really interested in the Kiko, they have a very nice look to them but of course thats not a deciding factor, but they do have a tough look to them I wonder do they have attitude to match cause that could be an issue.
 
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