We have kept Nubian Goats for the past four years and are herd size is usually around 10. We began with 3 does: Emilie, Devora and Avigail and bred them in the Fall of 2010. They produced several offspring including Patty, Lucy and Marcie who were born on the farm in March and April of 2011. We bred Emilie and Devora as well as Lily and Reece in the Fall of 2011 and they produced Annabelle, Clarabelle and Daisybelle in April of 2012.
In the Spring of 2013 Patty had 2 bucks: Blackie 1 and Black 2; Marcie had a doe and a buck: April May and Cletus. Reece had 3 does and a buck: May-June, Silverina, Reece Junior and Silverado the buck.
In the Spring of 2014 we had a total of 7 new kids. Patty had 2 bucks again: Patrick and Paul; Daisybelle had 2 bucks: Darryl and his brother Darrell; Clarabelle had two does: Chloe and Czoe; Annabelle had one doe: Angelina. We kept the two does from Clarabelle and one of the bucks from Patty, Patrick, who is now a wether.
For Spring 2015 we had 5 does bred: Patty, Annabelle, Clarabelle, May-June and Delilah. We had 8 kids in total, 4 of each. Patty had triplets: Prince (our wonderful bottle baby), Percy and Priscilla. Annabelle had a doe and a buck: April-May and Atlas. Clarabelle had a single buck Charles. May-June had a single doe: May-Belle and Delilah also had a single doe: Daisy-May.
As far as the Nubian breed of goats, it originates from a historic area of Africa known as Nubia. They are known to have a high butterfat content in their milk but a lesser volume compared to some of the other breeds. They are also one of the more affectionate breeds and demand a lot of attention.
We use the milk for goat milk soap, fudge and soft goat cheeses as well as for personal consumption. Goat milk is known to be more easily digested than cow’s milk for many people.
Some good reference books and sites of interest:
Goats Produce Too! The Udder Real Thing by Mary Jane Toth. An excellent book that covers the basics of goat milk, goat meat and some of the ways to use both. Available from Hoegger Supply, on Amazon but so far in in Canada I have only spotted it at Glengarry Cheesemaking under Kits, Videos and Books.
Hoegger Supply Company. An American company with web store that has almost anything you need if you keep goats.
Canadian Goat Society: dedicated to maintaining the integrity of its herdbooks, providing accurate evaluation programs for performance and type, and promoting the responsible and humane treatment of goats.
Canadian Livestock Records. Non profit organization that provides a national pedigree service for purebred and non-purebred livestock in Canada.
Goatkeeper Magazine: Canada’s Goat Magazine.
Glenngarry Cheesemaking and Dairy Supply: an Ontario company that supplies cheesemaking equipment, dairy supplies and accessories for making cheese.