I agree. High producing purebred individuals (usually) have more needs and more problems than average producers to maintain their production. There is a happy medium to maintenance vs. production. One or 2 extra good producers can give more milk, less maintenance and a continuous supply of milk. A good cross breed with the traits you want (need) make good producers. Also a cross breed can give you good meat quality, instead of a liability....James
I've had saanens. I didn't like their personalities, milk and they require a lot of grain to keep them at a good weight. They also are more susceptible to worms. My favorite goat was a alpine. She was stubborn, but she loved us and we loved her. She produced 2 gallons a day. We now have mini nubians and mini mancha goats. They give between a gallon to a gallon and a half of creamy, sweet milk.
Thank you Folks, I was thinking a mix breed goat would be best. Years ago we had Alpines and they were very easy to care for. I will probably start with a couple Alpines then breed them with a lamancha.