Our Nubians goats were born January 2011 and we brought them home in June when they were 6 months old. The plan was to use them for milk but we need to wait one more season before that happens. We had thought about getting one that was “in milk” and ready to go however being new to goats we figured instead of learning how to care for them and milk them all at once maybe it would be smarter to take it slow and learn the care part first then add in the milking in later, this method has worked out well. The forums over at BackYardHerds and The Goat Spot have also helped immensely when looking for an answer to a question with feeding or some other aspect of caring for our girls.
As for selection the Nubians were picked for the breeds temperament, milk quality, amount of milk they produce, tolerance to hot summer heat and of course last but not least we loved the way they look with the long floppy ears!
Goats are great! They are very entertaining to watch, always jumping, running and playing around our kids love them too they are always playing with them as well usually a dusty version of follow the leader! Soon enough the milk will come along with some new babies that will expand the herd and fill our fridge with fresh milk and cheese…good times!
Enjoy the picture of one of our dogs Buster getting a better look at JaJa and Brownie. BTW they have been very well mannered with each other once the initial ‘new’ wore off the dogs could care less about sharing space with the goats.