We were delighted to add Mini Nubian goats to our farm in early 2019. In my opinion, this is the *perfect* homestead goat breed. They blend all the best traits of their Nigerian Dwarf and Standard Nubian ancestors: they’re easy to handle, but with udders and teats that are large and easy to hand milk, lots of (delicious!) milk production, and of course… those floopy ears.
This is Green Gables Moon Flower (Luna), our oldest doe (and the herd queen!). This girl comes from fantastic milking lines (Green Gables EHJ Daisy *P x VMCH Green Gables SS Moonbeam +*B). She has large, easy-to-milk teats, terrific udder capacity and production, a lot of color and a LOT of personality. Top udder pic here is just before Luna kidded in 2021. Bottom udder pics are from when she was 6+ months fresh in 2020.
This is Gramercy Farm Molly. Molly is a sweet and gentle girl, and smiles when you give her cheek scritches. She is also my favorite to milk. Her teats are a perfect size and she has a super soft udder with awesome orifices, so she milks out SO fast! Both udder pics below are from Molly’s 2021 kidding, 5 weeks fresh with about an 11 hour fill.
Our newest addition is Whitehouse Farms Siena Breeze, who we call Sunny because she is a ray of sunshine! We were so lucky to add her to our herd early in 2022. She has a beautiful udder and was milking a gallon a day when she came to us. I prefer once-a-day milking so I had to work to slow her down! Sunny is my “snuggle goat,” always the first to come see me for scratches. I can’t wait to see kids out of her this spring!
Turtle House Farm Astrid is our “baby,” a doe who we retained out of Luna in 2021. Astrid had a really traumatic birth and then suffered a freak injury (possibly a hawk attack!) when she was only a couple months old. Suffice it to say, after all of that I just couldn’t bear to sell her. I still thought she was too small to breed for 2022 kids, so this year will be her first freshening. She has gorgeous and capacious udders on both sides of her lineage, so I have high hopes for her and can’t wait to see how she develops!