Other common names: Anglo-Nubian Goat; Anglo-Nubians; Lop-Eared Goat
Have you ever daydreamed about having your own dairy goat? Whether you're interested in milk for the table, or a steady supply for crafting into cheese, yogurt, soap, and other useful goodies, the Nubian may just be everything you could ever want in a goat.
So what makes the Nubian (also known as the Anglo-Nubian) Goat so great? Well, it was developed in England by crossing native British milking goats (Old English Milch and Zariby) with Nubian breeds supposedly from the Middle East, Northeastern Africa, Egypt, Russia, or India. This resulted in a very unique-looking goat renowned for its rich, creamy, and sweet-tasting milk. And, since they originally came from a warmer climate than their popular Swiss cousins, the Nubian also has a longer breeding season which is ideal for milk production.
Plus, unlike other breeds, ask the average Nubian owner and they'll tell you that their goat has never given them that weird, 'goaty' flavored milk that some people complain about. So what are you waiting for? Go find your goat!
Appearance / Health:
Nubians are large-sized goats with long, wide, pendulous ears and a roman nose (cheeks are deep and concave). The body is sleek with short, glossy, and fine hair. They are born horned but are usually disbudded (dehorned) within two weeks of birth. Nubian goats also come in many different colors and patterns. Although typically not as productive as Swiss dairy breeds, the Nubian is the most popular dairy goat in the US for its ability to produce a delicious year-round supply of high-butterfat milk perfect for personal consumption and/or home crafts.
When considering any goat, remember that 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 antiseptic 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:
All 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.
Nubian goats in particular are favored for their resilience, environmental adapability, affinity to human interaction, and intelligence. They are also known to be easy to train (for a goat), which is a plus if you intend to take your goat through the show ring. If you're looking for a quiet goat, though, you'll have to look elsewhere because Nubian goats are famous for bleating up a storm.
Housing / Diet:
As herd animals, goats are best kept in pairs or groups. As browsers, 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. 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 animal’s tendency to gnaw and chew on furniture and furnishings. Goats also aren't famous for being easy to potty train.
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 chow or goat grain can also be given to add nutrition. Supplements are often used to address nutritional 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. Also, don't forget that 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. Also, male goats! If you keep a stud for breeding, remember to separate him from the ladies because his musky goat odor can ruin the milk.
intelligent, dual purpose goat, Amazing milkers, gentle goats, high butterfat content, sweet temperament
great escape artists, mastitis, regular worming, urinary calculi bladder, CL Caseous Lymphadenitis
4H project goat, long pendulous ears, long breeding season, goat milk soaps, super jumping abilities
Nubians - the drama queens of the goat world!
I have been raising goats since the mid 80's and have had several breeds. In that time, I have had Nubians and Nubian /Nigerian crosses. Nubians are the drama queens of the goat world. They are very vocal and have at least three crisis each day. Picture a Victorian lady swooning with her hand on her forehead and you have the daily look of my Nubian, Star. Stars life was tragic. Not really. Star just felt that each day was worthy of non stop complaining. She began early in the am to inform me that she needed breakfast. After breakfast she needed out. And then the weather did not suite her so she went back in.... On the rare occasions Star was quiet, it was worrisome. Always possible that Light, my Alpine goat, had told her to hush so she could escape. Light escaped frequently, and to Stars credit she just watched. So if the goat barn was quiet, I came running. For all of Stars hystronics, she was a fabulous milk goat. Her milk was creamy and delicious and made fabulous cheese and soap. Star passed last year at the age of ten. I miss her and occasionally pause sadly because the goat barn is quiet. .
From Ame Vanorio Sep 3 2018 7:51PM
With the split hooves that goats have, it can be a great habit to check their feet. You won't necessarily "pick" them as you would a horse hoof, but you can check for any kind of injury, infection, or object stuck between the hooves. .
From DrHill 111 days ago
The sweetest dairy goats!
We have owned quite a few Nubian dairy goats over the years. At one point we had a mixed herd, but mostly Nubians or Nubian crosses, of 30+ goats! We got dairy goats as we wanted a milk supply for our family on our hobby farm. Nubians were recommended because of their engaging personalities, their overall sturdiness, and milk production. Of all the varieties of goats we had over the years, Nubians were our favorites! They loved to see us come, were cooperative for milking once we trained them and got them comfortable, the kids showed them in 4H, and they were just such amazing personalities! Their milk output was great - one of ours gave up to a gallon a day at her peak! Sweet milk, nice taste. Their floppy ears are so soft, their body structure is just so wonderful for milkers. I have very little negative to say about these goats. In fact, after not having goats on our hobby farm for a few years (the kids are grown) I would nearly consider another just for the enjoyment! The negatives: Goats - all goats - are escape artists! Fencing is a serious undertaking or your goats will become Houdinis and eat all your lilac bushes, landscaping and weeds. They are smart animals, particularly Nubians. These animals are no dummies! They climb on stuff, they love to see what you are doing. They need to have entertainment in their pens, may people will make some sort of structure for them to climb on as this is a natural instinct for them. Don't get me going on the babies!!!!! They are so adorable you will want to sleep in the barn with them! They follow you anywhere you will let them, lip your pants, shirts, anything they can reach. They will bounce around and look like they have little springs on their legs as they bound and contort all over in their play. Did you know that you can put baby diapers on them? Yep. Don't ask me how I know, but size 3-5 is best, depending upon the age of said baby goat. This way, you can let them follow you anywhere. Or even put one in your laundry room if it is a snowstorm and the baby is pretty young, and it is really cold and you are just worried about the baby. Don't ask me how I know. I just do..
From christyoz Sep 15 2016 2:17AM