The LGS works on two pedigree programs:
- Milk goat breeds (Latvian Local goats, Saanen goats from France and Holland, Alpine goats, Anglo Nubian, Thuringian goat)
- Boer goats
There are about 14,000 goats in Latvia which are held mostly in biological farms. Around 70% are Latvian local goats which are selected specifically for Latvia and its weather. Latvian goats are productive (milk yield averages 400-500 liters a year), durable and comparatively modest. They also produce milk with a high level of fat (4.2%) and proteins (3.1%). There are several other breeds in Latvia, e.g. Saanens from France and Holland are the second most popular breed in Latvia (about 20%), Alpine goats (3%), Boers (2%), and Anglo Nubians (British and German) (1%).
Mostly goats are used for milk. There are three small milk processing companies in Latvia. They use milk for producing fresh cheese and medium-hard cheese. These products are sold in the local market. Meat processing is developing.
There is a project this year which will test goat DNA for diseases such scrapie and Caprine arthritis encephalitis virus (CAEV). We have plans to create a recovery program for ill animals after the tests and results are known.
We are currently organizing an association website. It will be ready in April. I will inform you individually.
Head of the Latvijas Kazkopības Biedrība