I'm in the planning stages of homesteading solo, I'm a big dairy person and I prefer milk with a higher percentage of fat, which is why the Nigerian Dwarves appeal to me as a breed. At the same time, I really want cashmere goats, as along with rabbit angora it's a really great fiber that I can not only use for myself, but process and sell as a luxury good to help support myself. I can't maintain two separate goatherds, so the Nigora goats seem perfect as they're a cross between Angoras and Nigerian Dwarves. I plan to start with two nannies and one billygoat, and breed them as needed to maintain a milk supply, depending on my needs at the time that the kids are born, I might sell them, I might keep a male kid as a fiber-producing wether, I might keep a female for more milk, or I might keep them in anticipation of humanely processing them for meat.
I would just like to hear some anecdotes and experiences with this breed, a lot of what I've read about them is good, that they're small and produce lots of good milk like Nigerian Dwarves and high quality cashmere like Angoras, but I have also read that they're the worst of both worlds, that they produce a very small amount of milk like purebred Angoras, and their fiber is of low quality. Which is it?
Otherwise, I am considering sheep, for their milk, their wool and their but I prefer the personalities of goats, the fact that their diet is better for my location, and I've never tasted sheep's milk.
Cashmere is the fine combings of the goat's undercoat and all goats have it, but in varying quantities. Angora goats if shorn produce mohair fibre. Sorry I can't provide any data on the success of crossing Angora with Pygmies, place I worked once we used to do it but weren't milking so I just remember they were tubby little things with rather long hair! An internet search for Pygora rather than Nigora might give you more info.
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