Other common names: Mini-Nubian; MiniNubian; Miniature Nubian Dairy Goat
The Miniature Nubian Goat is a developing breed which originated as a cross between a Nubian Goat doe and a Nigerian Dwarf Goat buck. This initial crossbreeding is considered the first generation (F1), and subsequent breedings typically are done between Miniature Nubians. By the 6th generation (F6), the kids are eligible for purebred status if they meet breed standards.
The Miniature Nubian retains the desirable characteristics of both foundation goat breeds, making it a popular breed, not just for its good-tasting milk and quality meat, but also as a pet and farm animal companion. It is still an experimental breed but is registered with the International Dairy Goat Registry (IDGR) and the Miniature Dairy Goat Association (MDGA).
Appearance / health:
The Mini-Nubian is a medium-sized goat, weighing an average of 100 lbs. mMost does are 24-26" in height, and bucks are usually an inch or two taller. True to its Nubian origins, the Mini-Nubian is attractive with its slightly Roman nose and long pendulous ears. The body is long, the back is straight, and the ribcage is wide. Body color and coloration patterns vary.
Although relatively small, the Mini-Nubian produces about 2 quarts of milk per day. The milk has rich butterfat content and a mild tasty flavor.
Goats are sensitive animals that can suffer from various infectious and chronic diseases that are sometimes undetected until too late. Vaccinations, as well as de-worming and de-lousing applications must be conducted as needed. Milking goats should be checked regularly using prescribed mastitis tests for udder health. Milking areas should always be clean and the goat’s teats treated with teat dip after milking to prevent mastitis.
Goats must be inspected frequently to detect any signs of poor health, infections, or other ailments. Signs include cloudy or teary eyes, dull or fluffed up coat, droopy tail, hunched back, or poor appetite. A veterinarian should always be on call to address health concerns.
Behavior / temperament:
Goats are inherently curious, active, intelligent, and social. They are known to have the ability to overcome enclosures by unraveling the gate, climbing over the mesh, or pushing and ramming the fence down. Goats have good coordination and balance and can manage to climb low trees, ledges, and overhangs. Their curiosity leads them to constantly investigate items with their mouths; most items get chewed and swallowed. With a little patience, goats can be taught to carry or pull loads, respond to calls, and lead a herd. As social animals, they easily get along with other farm animals.
Miniature Nubian diary goats are also popular as pets, farm companions, and 4-H projects because of their very friendly and docile temperament. They are also hardy and excellent for weed and brush control.
Housing / diet:
As herd animals, goats are best kept in pairs or groups. As grazers, they require an outdoor habitat that is securely fenced to prevent escape or foraging in restricted areas. The area should be large enough to allow the goat to roam. The recommended habitat per goat is 200 sq. ft. of yard or pasture plus a sheltered or indoor area of about 15 sq. ft. In the case of Mini-Nubians, the recommended habitat per goat is about 30-50% less. The sheltered area should be adequately built to keep the goats safe from rain and strong winds.
Keeping goats inside the house is not recommended because of the pet’s tendency to gnaw and chew on furniture and furnishings. Goats are also not known to adhere to toilet training.
The ideal food for domesticated goats is alfalfa hay and grass hay. This should be available daily in quantities of at least 3% of the goat’s body weight. Small quantities of feed grain and concentrates (often protein-enriched) like goat show or goat grain can also be given to add nutrition. Supplements are often used to address deficiencies inherent to local habitats.
Clean water is essential to a goat’s daily diet. It should always be available and provided where it cannot be soiled. Dirty and moldy water is hazardous to the goat’s health. Milking goats should be kept away from aromatic or strong-tasting foliage like garlic, onions, mint, and cabbage, which could taint the flavor of the milk.
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Tasha - The Wonder Miniature Nubian Goat
I can honestly tell you I never, ever in my life wanted or expected to own a goat. I grew up in NJ, and we just didn't have goats as pets. At least it wasn't a very common occurence. I moved down to West Virginia and everything seemed to change. We moved to a new property that had some acerage and the property came with a goat! That was a new one for me. The landlord told me she pretty much lives on her own and doesn't need anything. She can be milded though on a daily basis.
I will be honest, I did not know you could milk a goat. Why would you, when we have cows. The whole thought of it reminds me of that scene with Ben Stiller and Robert DenIro in the Meet The Parents. "I have nipples are you going to milk me?" Anyway, I soon found out that goats are the multipurpose farm aniaml including being edible. Well we have no desire to eat Tasha, in fact she has become very close to the family.
We do milk her and I have to saw that it is very, very good. The milk has a a beautiful sweet taste to it. I have so many friends that are surpised at how it tastes. For some reason, you expect this "goaty" kind of flavor. It is just something you have to taste to enjoy.
We buy food for our goat in addition to all the grazing she does. I think it is less than $20 a bag and will last at least two weeks. In fact if only she ate it, I think we could get a full month per bag, but the critters help themselves to it as well. Other than that, she does an incredible job of keeping the back yard clean.
For a pet, I would recommend a Miniature Nubian Goat. I know she will wait by the fence for the kids to come home. When that bus comes down the street she is yelling and screaming, just filled with joy. You can look at her and know she is excited to see the kids and get the treats they are inevitably going to give her. So of you are living in a rural area and having a little extra land, try a Miniature Nubian Goat. They are really quite functional and enjoyable to have around. I think in the future we may actually get a second for the backyard..
From vilnwv Aug 20 2014 11:50AM
Goats can be good pets
I grew up on a mini-farm. My father had a few goats. They multiplied quickly.
They were semi-tame. They would follow at a safe distance if they thought you had food for them. There was a period of time in which they had a "leader" who would find a way to escape the fenced enclosure and seemed to encourage the rest of the herd to do the same. This led to destruction of rosebushes and other shrubbery and much anger from my mom.
We raised at least one on a bottle. He was very sweet until he reached maturity, then became a little aggressive, especially since he was not intimidated by humans.
Goats can make good pets. If you want one that is tame, you will need to get it as a baby and bottle feed it. They are ideal for cleaning up a fence row or yard that has been neglected. They will eat anything green and seem to have a ravenous appetite.
They are very agile and love to climb. If there is a way to climb atop your house, they will find it!.
From XenaJada Jul 29 2014 9:35AM