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Monday, September 22, 2008

New Residents Of The Goat Kind


Aren't they pretty? Nubian goats! They arrived here yesterday and now reside in the quarantine pen. These are the 'cheese goats'...we talked for years about getting a Mini Jersey for cheese making milk, but there is a certain instability in the Mini's right now.....some might/may/could have Dexter in them, there seems to be 2 registration bodies that don't like each other, there's infighting and also some questionable folks involved for money rather than milk production. We got tired of trying to figure it all out and who's going to spend $2,000 to $4,000 on a heifer calf with doubts like that. So we gave up. I told Rick we already have the setup for goats so might as well add some nice Nubians to our herd of Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goats for his cheese making milk supply. That's fine with me, I have always loved the Nubians, I like goat hugs and slightly needy girls that can bellow a morning welcome and 'hum' their content when they're full and happy. So here they are! Sunshine on the left is 7 months old and Flower on the right is a year and a half and recently bred so we'll have milk and little Nubian kids in another 4 months.

6 comments:

Nancy K. said...

They're beautiful! I love Nubians. I actually like most all goats but found them way too much work to keep. I bet you're going to enjoy these two....

Wrensong Farm said...

Congrats! Love those Nubians....a forewarning they HATE getting wet! :)
They have to be one of the most expressive goats. Your two are beauties!

Kara said...

Beautiful Suzanne! We just got a bred Nubian doe too to go with our new Saanen, my husband wants to make cheese. I think that is why he let me buy so many sheep this summer, then I couldn't argue about his goats. "Glory" is due Dec/Jan. I do like the Dairy goats but don't tell my husband. I find them easier than the Angoras Nancy. Although my DH does most the milking.

Can't wait to see Peyton's lambs!

Alaska Shetland Shepherd said...

LOL! Well these two are characters no doubt. They are in their quarantine quarters for a while until their test results come back. I keep a CAE, CL, and Johne's free ND dairy herd here, hand milk twice a day and am quite competitive in the show ring too (one of my kids took Best in Show Junior Champion under David Considine this August). These 2 were last tested in May, so we're just retesting to make sure all is still negative as well as the young one who was too young to test back then. As far as getting wet, yes, goats HATE getting wet! All of their outdoor areas have a big portion covered with the barn's wings. I'll go post a pic of our barn. They are happy under the dry wings no doubt - LOL!

Deborah said...

I hope you're not disappointed in their milk. After having ND milk for four years, my family was not very happy with la mancha milk, and I was not very happy with the cheese yield -- half of what ND milk makes. I'm looking forward to hearing what you think of them.

Cary at Serenity Farms said...

Sweet faces on those goats ;) It sounds to me like you make a wise decision to go with the goats rather than the cattle.