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Animal columnist Amy Engle lives in New Mexico, where she writes poetry and contributes to various niche magazines.

Farm Animal: Nigerian Dwarf Goat

The breed’s small stature belies big benefits for cheesemaking

Awassi Sheep

Meet the popular thick-tailed dairy breed of the Middle East

Farm Animal: Holstein Cows

Meet the most popular bovine breed in America’s dairyland.

A Border Collie rounds up some sheep in an open pasture.

Border Collie

This popular shepherding dog loves to go to work

A dark-brown Murciana goat with sizeable udders.

Murciana Goats

These impressive Spanish grazers are bred for great milk and low maintenance

A small herd of Friesian sheep stand sheltered beneath a drooping tree in a lush meadow.

Friesian Sheep

The Friesian ewe boasts great milk and good behavior

Farm Animal: Water Buffalo

The mighty water buffalo is a mild-mannered dairy animal

An illustration of a Randall cow, noting its colorsided lineback coat, curved horns, dark feet, and shapely udders.

Randall Cattle

They’re able, smart, tough, and make a mean cheddar