Out of my does April, Hope, Sunshine,Pixy Kate and Dollie are all Full blooded Nubian's. Not all registered but I have family history that is from Registered Nubian's. Ethel is 3/4 Boer and1/4 Nubian, Abby is 3/4 Lamancha and 1/4 Nubian and Mariah is 1/2 Nubian and 1/2 Lamancha. She could be registered as an Experimental with ADGA. The only goat I have that doesn't have Nubian in her is Sasha. She is 3/4 Lamancha and 1/4 Alpine. I had one other goat that had Alpine in her and she found a new home! We had major personality differences. Thankfully Sasha doesn't seem to have that problem. She is sweet heart if a little ornery occasionally.
The Nubians are a dual Purpose breed. They are for both meat and milk. We butchered a Nubian wether and a Boer buckling both right at a year old same food and everything. The Nubian wether gave us one more pound of meat than the Boer buck.
Cross bred goats have what they call a Hybrid Vigor. They tend to be more resistant to parasites and diseases. I have found that to be true in a lot of mine. They can take after either side of the cross. A 3 way cross is best which is taking say a Nubian/Lamancha cross Doe and breeding her to a Purebred Saanen(Just for example). Which should make one heck of a milk goat if you did a 3 way cross with those breeds!
I have seen the Nigerian Dwarf and they are absolutely adorable! I think they are great addition for family milk supply and very small hobby farms. They don't produce enough milk for our family. Even though I could have more goats that way!lol Alot of people are crossing a Nigerian buck on full size dairy does of various breeds and getting minis of each breed. Cute little things!
Pygmies are supposed to be a dual purpose dwarf goat. You can cross a Pygmy buck on a Nubian doe and get a Kinder goat.They are a smaller breed technically a cross breed
As to which breed is most friendly?? Well that's like asking whose kid is the cutest!Haha If I sit down in the goat pen they will eventually get so close that they are practically hanging over and sitting next to me and some may even be in my lap! That's not just the littles!
If I am out in the pen Hope, Sunshine and Mariah make pest out of themselves.. They are either rubbing their heads up and down your leg, sticking their heads under your hand or stealing your tools! And Lord help you if you make any sound that sounds like plastic wrapping or grain rattling. Poor things are starving and will rush you for it! Sunshine adores Kyle!Lol If we have visitors and Sunshine is not sure of them she stays either behind me watching or on the other side of the pen. Then if she decides they are okay she will walk up... But if she decides she really likes them she will ease up next to them and start rubbing her head on them. The only one that is not friendly right now is Dollie but she had a rough start here and wasn't handled much before we got her.
This is Sunshine at the head of the herd.
Her indisputable place despite being a scrawny goat!
She is full blooded Nubian. She is my baby.
She is also an excellent milker who hates to dry up.
She doesn't have great attachments but its not passed on to any of her doelings.
This is April,she is a registered Purebred Nubian.
She milks at almost 2 gallons a day at peak leveling out
to about 1-1 1/2 gallons once a day milking.
Is easy to handle goes just about anywhere I want her too.
Ethel-3/4 Boer and 1/4 Nubian
She raises Awesome babies! Unfortunately all but one have been bucks.
She is extremely easy to keep though.
Hope, April's Daughter
Despite not having papers she is purebred Nubian.
She has won Grand Champion Locally 3 years in a row.
Milks really well and is an excellent momma.
Mariah, 1/2 Nubian/1/2 Lamancha
Registered on both sides.
She was a first freshener this year and milked so easy and gave plenty of milk.
We argue over who is going to milk her!Lol
Sasha is 3/4 Lamancha and1/4 Alpine.
She didn't settle last year so she hasn't had babies yet.
I am hoping she has settled now.
I cant wait to see what her babies look like.
Abby is 3/4 Lamancha and 1/4 Nubian.
She had a single buck this last spring.
She has dealt with a serious Copper deficiency and
hasn't grown like I thought she should have.
With having a single kid her udder kept trying to go lopsided.When it came time to wean him off i let her dry up. It dried up even looking so hopefully it will be twins this next year to keep it even.
She is also kind of hard to milk. The orifices seem to be small and its hard to get the milk out.
I am hoping that will easy up with having more than one kid on her.
She was an excellent momma though and I am giving her another chance.
Then there are the youngers... They are Full Blooded Nubians
Starting with Pixy(One of Sunshine's girls from this year) and Kate(Hope's Girl from this year)
Pixy is the light colored and Kate is darker. If they are still coming in heat at a year old (which is in March) I am going to go ahead and breed them otherwise I am going to wait till next August/September.
Then we have Dollie! She is a registered Purebred Nubian.
She is slowly making a place for herself here.
She actually is not running to hard or fast from us now.
She wont be bred till next fall.
Here are some links that show Breed standards. But it doesn't tell much about personalities. The only way to find that out is to visit the fairs, Local Goat shows or farms.Most good goat people would be Happy to talk your ear off about goats especially their own! As you can see from this post and all the others I have posted on my goats.Lol
Click Here for American Dairy Goat Breed Standards
4H Dairy Goat Breed Descriptions
Dairy Goat Breed Fact Sheets From Purdue.edu
I promise I am working on a post about chickens and some of the things I do for them.. I just get distracted by goats.......