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Well Deborah, your timing is perfect for me! Wanting to get started with dairy goats soon. Are there dairy goats that are more suited to the southeastern climate? It's supposed to be 100 degrees all week and very high humidity. Thank you.
 
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The goat breeds from Africa, such as the Nubian or Nigerian dwarf, might seem like the obvious choices, but if someone in your area has been raising one of the Swiss breeds for multiple generations, they are probably pretty well adapted to your climate. I would also stay away from goats with bucket busting milk records. Those goats tend to put all of their energy into producing milk, and they tend to be more affected by stressors such as parasites and extreme temperatures. Cow dairy records say that production starts to go down as temperatures climb above 80 degrees, but in my own herd, I see that the better milkers have a bigger reduction than the average milkers when it gets extremely hot.
 
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Thank you very much for sharing your knowledge here at Permies!
 
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