Greater use is made of milk goats in many European countries than in the United States. Italy, France, Germany and some of the Balkan countries have from 20 to 75 percent as many milk goats as dairy cows. In the United States census of 1920 milk goats were classified with common American goats under the heading of goats not kept for fleece. As the number included in this classification was 6 percent as great as the number of dairy cows in this country, it is obvious that the relative number of strictly milk goats is small.
Matthews, C. A. and Weaver, Earl, "Milk Goats" (1928). Circular. Paper 111.