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
Social butterfly, great escape artist and top notch milk producer
My 2 dairy goats Betty and Shirley surprised me with how much they crave the company of people. As soon as they would see one of us leave the house they made themselves heard, but not only because they connect us with feeding time, no, they simply enjoy being around people and are more like a pet and not just a farm animal. Although vocal when wanting company, they are not very noisy otherwise, which definitely keeps the neighbors happy. I found them to be very sturdy and hardy animals. They are not bothered by hot or cold weather and are great foragers. Rose bushes? No problem. Prickly weeds? No big deal. These goats can also be used to clear land, or to keep hard to reach places such as steep hills or pond edges mowed down. Both goats were great mothers and gave birth without any problems and took great care of their offspring. Milking dairy goats is not for the faint of heart, at least if you have never done it before. I would recommend finding an experienced farmer and getting some hands on lessons. That being said, once you get the hang of milking, it is quite enjoyable. If all fails, goat milking machines are available to purchase or if you're feeling up to the challenge you can even build one yourself, I did. A milking stand is a great tool to use for milking a goat. Nubian Goats can easily be trained to hop up onto a milking stand, their head gets locked in and they munch on some grain while being milked. The stand itself can be purchased or self made. Be sure to wash the udder and teats with warm soapy water and dry it off before you get to milking, this will keep the milk clean and reduce the risk of bacteria. It also helps stimulate the milk flow. Clean hands as well as a clean container to milk into are essential. In the summer I would recommend chilling the milk as soon as you are done milking to keep the milk from spoiling. Nubian milk is absolutely excellent and also plentiful . There's no funky taste and the milk is extremely creamy. If you want to invest in a cream separator, goat milk can be separated into skim milk and cream. The skim milk is great for cooking and drinking but the cream can be used to make butter, cheeses and ice cream or gelato. One important consideration when buying Nubian dairy goats is your fencing. These goats will take any chance they get to come "visit" you if your fence is not up to par. Tight mesh, sufficient height and possibly even electrified fencing might be necessary to keep your Nubian buddies in their pasture. There are many great products out there for your goat ownership needs. Some of the ones i found most useful are: A stiff bristle brush for brushing your goats (they love it) stainless steel milking bucket, milking stand, milking stool, hanging feeder, fly spray, fly traps, heated water buckets and salt mineral licks to name a few. I highly recommend Nubian Dairy Goats if you want a hardy goat that has a great temperament and produces large amounts of great quality milk or if you want a smart and fun animal you can train to do tricks, which is easily done with the help of some treats and a tennis ball on a stick. Educate yourself on this breed and you will be surprised about the possibilities. .
From SonjaM Jan 13 2019 1:50AM
Straw, a simple, cost effective and user friendly bedding choice
The bedding of choice I use for my Nubian goats is straw. I see several benefits to using straw as bedding. -I have not had a problem with availability. -It's fairly simple to move, even for a non-Hulk like myself. -The cost of straw is reasonable. -It is easy to remove/muck. -For birthing season straw is ideal for the ewes to build "nests" in. As always make sure you buy high quality, dry straw for your bedding so you don't end up with mold or other problems. Another point to remember is that straw works best if you put it down in a fairly dry environment. At least as dry as possible, it will do it's job unless you just keep putting it on top of previously soaked bedding. Some farmers will let the straw get layered during the winter, the thought behind this is that the growing bacteria will create heat to keep the animals warm. I think this can work,as long as there is plenty of ventilation and ammonia levels don't build up too high, but you must judge for yourself if this is appropriate for your farm. There are many other bedding options available. Straw is an easy material to work with to ensure your animals bedding needs are met. .
From SonjaM 65 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