Hubby and I have a growing list of animals we want to have on our little homestead – chickens, ducks, turkeys, rabbits, sheep and a pig from time-to-time. But there is one I’m most excited about having on our little farm . . . . . GOATS!!!
I’m a bit obsessed with goats, but they will serve several purposes on our little farm.
– Weed control
I’ve spent a fair amount of time learning about goats and the different breeds. For quite some time, my top choice has been Nubians.
They are a good dual-breed goat and while they provide less milk then some other breeds, their milk is known for its high butter-fat content. They are also meaty, providing a good source of lean meat.
Nubians are of Middle-Eastern heritage and a very popular breed here in the U.S. They have long floppy ears, a Roman nose and can be found in several colors and patterns. They a very sociable, outgoing and love human contact. They can also be very vocal, but when provided good food, plenty of water and shelter, they are relatively quiet.
My only problem with Nubians is their size. They are large goats, which isn’t bad at all, except I think a smaller goat on our farm would be good for several personal reasons. I just hadn’t found another breed that I was as excited about as a Nubian, until I discovered this breed.
This is a Mini Nubian.
The breed is developed by crossing a Nigerian Dwarf buck with a Nubian doe. They are bigger than a Nigerian Dwarf, but smaller than a Nubian making them a medium-sized goat. A Mini Nubian retains most of the traits of the Nubian breed – looks, butter-fat content, taste of the milk, and temperament. While their size won’t provide as much meat, they still provide good lean meat. And unlike a Nigerian Dwarf, who can be difficult to milk because of teat size, Mini Nubians have teats long enough to milk easily.
Mini Nubians can provide anywhere from 1/2 a quart up to a gallon of milk a day. The high butterfat content of their milk means I will have just what I need for making my own cheese, yogurt and butter.
I still have a lot to learn about goats, specifically the Mini Nubian, but they are my top choice of goat breed right now.