The Toggenburg Breed
Togg Valley Farm
Originating in the area of Toggenburg Valley, Switzerland, the Toggenburg goat has had a herd book since 1890! They are widely thought to be the oldest breed of dairy goat known. Slightly smaller than the other Alpine breeds this breed is medium size, sturdy, vigorous, and alert in appearance.
They are dear like in appearance with a long slender neck and dainty head. Coloring is solid varying from light fawn to dark chocolate with no preference for any shade. Distinct white markings are as follows: white ears with dark spot in middle; two white stripes down the face from above each eye to the muzzle; hind legs white from hocks to hooves; forelegs white from knees downward with a dark lien (band) below knee acceptable; a white triangle on either side of the tail; white spot may be present at root of wattles or in that area if no wattles are present. Varying degrees of cream markings instead of pure white acceptable, but not desirable. The ears are erect and carried forward. Facial lines may be dished or straight, never roman. The hair is short or medium in length, soft, fine, and lying flat. Does stand 26 inches at the withers with the buck 2 inches taller. The does weigh at least 120 lbs while the bucks weigh more than 160lbs.
They are fine foragers, alert, affectionate and are hardy. They are sure footed and agile making them well suite for mountainous areas. Toggenburgs perform best in cooler conditions.
Toggenburgs are marvelous dairy goats. They are noted for their excellent udder development and high milk production, and have an average fat test of 3.7 percent. Milk from Toggenburg goats is sweet and tasty. They are capable of milking through without re-breeding. Lactation periods of 18-20 months is not uncommon. They're easy kidders and good mothers.