Nubian Dairy Goats
Breeding and health
I have had goats since 2010 so most would consider me new to goats. Even though I am
new to goats I have a goal. Knowing that I must breed my goats in order to keep me in milk
would also mean having babies that would need homes.
I did not want to breed back yard hobby goats. The cost is the same to feed a hobby goat
as it would a goat from well known genetics.
I set out to start the foundation of my herd with kids from well known breeders. I started
saving and purchased my first (Isabella) from Wingwood Farm in California out of a first
freshener. So waiting for Isabella to come of age for breeding. I made a huge decision to
purchase a buck (Mist).
Back to my goal, I wanted does that are tall, correct and elegant. But that wasn't all they
also had to produce and have long lactation with ease of milking. Isabella's first freshen
gave me just that and two does what more could I ask for.
Then thinking if I ever kept a daughter from Isabella I needed more bucks. As time went on
I found myself having favorite genetic lines. Breeders of these lines spent many years
breeding to get what I wanted. Again, I started saving to purchase my first junior buck
(Dezi). I purchased Dezi from Lynnhaven Farm (Lynn Fleming). Dezi having Kastdemur's
genetics going back to Kastdemur's Time in a bottle and tooTemerity this was a good
As I did further research I became a big fan of Six M Galaxy and Goldthwaite genetics.
These breeders spent many years carefully breeding to develop heavy milking genetics
that run deep within the nubian breed. So again I set out to obtain these genetics and I feel
very lucky to have a great collection of bucks and does with superior genetics behind
them. Enough about breeding lets move on
Diet and health:
I am a strong believer of a healthy diet for my goats, you only get out what you put in. I
hate GMO's (round-up ready) and soy more then ever. I have found over the years that it is
easier to find feeds without all the junk.
I mix my own grains and feed a rich alfalfa grass mix. I mix a large bucket every couple of
days. This includes timothy grass pellets, whole oats, corn, wheat, barley and Scratch and
Peck brand goat feed all grains are non-gmo. I include in this feed a herbal wormer, kelp,
sunflower oil, milk thistle seed powder and molasses.
I herd test yearly for CL and CAE even though my herd is as closed as it can be. There is
no such thing as a closed herd. Pathogens are carried in by many ways, visitors, flies,
mosquito's, birds and further more they can live in the soil for several years.