Miniature Nubian goats are a new breed; so new, in fact, that they are not yet recognized as a registered breed in Canada. When I first decided I needed to add goats to my farm I did a lot of research to determine which breed would be the right one for me. The pygmy and dwarf goats were appealing because they didn’t require a lot of room and ate a relatively small amount when compared with a full-sized goat. My first farm was only 4 acres, some of which was swap and woodland, so space was at a premium.
I knew I wanted a dairy type of goat because despite the fact that I’ve never been a fan of milk I DO love cheese and the thought of making my own was all too tempting. I scanned the internet, thoroughly weighing the pros and cons of different breeds, and when I finally landed on a site dedicated to Miniature Nubians I was sold.
Unfortunately FINDING Miniature Nubians turned out to be a much larger chore than I anticipated. I scoured the country and found two does in New Brunswick which we carted back to Nova Scotia in the back of my Matrix. I almost resorted to flying a buck in from Kansas but when a beautiful little guy showed up locally on Kijiji I jumped at the opportunity.
Miniature Nubians result from crossing a Nubian doe with a Nigerian Dwarf buck. This first crossing produces first generation Mini Nubians and 6 generations in they’re considered full Mini Nubians. In the first generation or two the Nigerian characteristics may remain fairly prominent, in particular the “airplane” ears. As the generations are further bred and improved however, the goats take on full nubian characteristics but maintain the smaller stature of the Nigerian Dwarf.
A Miniature Nubian can still stand up to 30″ at the shoulder, small compared to a standard nubian but much larger than the goats most people think of as minis. Although the Mini Nubian is petite and eats significantly less than its full-sized counterpart, it still produces up to 2/3 the milk that a standard nubian would give. This milk is very high in milkfat and makes excellent cheese and ice cream, we are discovering! The goats themselves are affectionate and friendly, even my buck is a gentle soul.
I had no idea when I got into goats that they’d be anything other than livestock, but they’ve proven to be pets just like our dogs.
Unfortunately it’s hard to housetrain a goat though, so for now they remain in the barn.
Looking for a goat?
We usually have kids for sale late winter to early spring. We won’t let them go until they are at 12 weeks old. All our kids are disbudded shortly after birth, and males can be castrated upon request.
Because goats are happiest when they have at least one other goat buddy to hang out with, we won’t sell a single kid unless it’s going to a home that already has goats. We require that your new goat will have a dry, draft free shelter and a fenced area to graze and play.
If you’d like more information about our goats, please email Sue@TipsyToadGrove.com.