Use of Saanen Goats: Saanens are the Holsteins of the goat world. Saanen average 1,975 to 2,000 pounds of 3 percent to 4 percent butterfat milk per year. However, the American Dairy Goat Association's top milk producer for 2007 was Caprikorn Krug's Stargate, a Saanen doe who gave 5,140 pounds of milk! Tall, big-boned, strong and gentle Saanen wethers make superlative harness- and packgoats. When properly conditioned, Saanen wethers are capable of packing up to 60 pounds over steep, rocky terrain. Photo by Gerry Bucsis & Barbara Somerville.