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Question
- What is the best goat for children?

- The best goat for children is dairy or meat?

- The best goat for children is male or female?

- The best goat for children is large or small?

- The best goat for children is polled or horned?

- What is the dairy goat with most production of milk?

Answer
All of your questions depend on both the age of the children and the breed of goat and how it was raised.  If you are looking for a pet for a child, then a small breed goat without horns (either disbudded or polled) should work.  Preferably if a goat has been bottle raised since birth it will be much easier to handle/work with.  Re production of milk, if you are in the USA that would be the Saanen.  But, I do not know all of your milk/dairy breeds in Italy so am unable to answer that question for you.  

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Donna Ruelas-Semasko/Edelweiss Acres

Expertise

All goat health care, nutrition, judging questions about all goats - packgoats, dairy goats, pygmy goats, meat goats, fleece goats.

Experience

27 years health care/nutrition of all types of goats, 17 years experience in packgoats, 20 years experience in 4H goat projects as leader, superintendent and judge. 20 years experience in putting on goat care/nutrition seminars.

Organizations
NAPgA, The Evergreen Packgoat Club, 4H, ADGA.

Publications
Hobby Farm, many newspapers, 4H newsletters, Packgoat Manuals (youth and general), judging information pamphlets, seminar handouts about health care and nutrition.

Education/Credentials
4 years of college, ongoing education in goats.

Awards and Honors
Small Farm Award of Thurston County

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