Raising Nubian Goats for Beginners
 

Raising Nubian Goats for Beginners


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Raising Nubian Goats for Beginners

Nubian goats (Anglo-Nubians) are originally from North Africa and the Middle East. However, they were developed in England. They like to live in hot regions and can be used for meat and milk.

Nubian goats are large for both females and males. The females weigh about 135 lbs. and the males weigh about 175 lbs.

You won’t have many issues about taking care of these kinds of goats on your farm. However, you will still need to know what to do if you plan to take care of them.

Nubian goats should always have lots of clean water. The container that the water is in should always be clean as well. You can use a bucket or a trough to keep the water in. These goats can take in two to five gallons of water daily. If they are in a warm area they can probably drink more. Or if they are larger, they can also drink more water than what’s recommended.

Nubian goats eat alfalfa and clover hay. Make sure that the hay is of good quality. They also consume goat feed that is concentrated. With this food, they should also have a loose mineral or salt mix.

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Nubian goats need to have shelter, so you will have to build one for them. Make sure that this shelter has a roof to keep them from getting wet. They don’t like to get wet and they can get sick if they have to stand in the rain. If you paint the shelter a certain color, use non-toxic paint. Goats like to chew on the material. So if you use non-toxic paint, it won’t bother them.

The area where the Nubian goats are sheltered should be secured. This can help to keep them from leaving the premises and to keep away animals such as coyotes that can get in and harm them. The fencing should at least be four feet in length and use solid posts that won’t easily come out of the ground.

Raising Nubian Goats for Beginners

Maintain the yard and shelter where the goat(s) reside. You must remove the manure and used bedding to change it out for clean ones. Keeping their area clean and healthy will help the goats from contracting illness or diseases. The old manure can also be used for fertilizer.

Nubian goats should have their hooves trimmed every three months to keep their feet from rotting. You can use a hoof trimmer and hoof file to do this.

Get your Nubian goat vaccinated every year. Continuously be on the lookout for lice and worms that can make them ill.

Nubian goats don’t like to be alone so you will need to have more than one goat for them. During the winter season, give your goat warm water so that they will drink more of it.

In order to keep the flies away, use flytraps and fly strips that are not toxic. This is so that you can keep their area free of flies as much as possible. If flies come in contact with the goats, they can cause harm to them by way of illness.

Keep in mind that you may have to do the majority of the routine maintenance on the Nubian goats instead of the veterinarian.

Mountain Goats and Angora Goats

There are various types of goats and mountain goats are one among them. Mountain goats found exclusively in North America are renowned with the name Rocky Mountain goat.

Mountain goats have large hoofs and are from different genus and renowned as the goat antelopes.

You can find them resting at the rocky cliffs. They are amazing climbers with surety and reside mainly at higher elevations of rocky mountain.

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In one bound, they can jump up to twelve feet's that shows how powerful they are! Their balance depends on the two-toed cloven hooves.

Mountain goats have unique beards. Their long white coats are warmer and protect them in a big way from mountain winds as well as severe cold temperatures. They shed their coats during summer season. Both nannies and female goats have scintillating pointed horns.

Males use their horns to fight with opponents during mating season. Billies' stays alone or with other counterparts. Nannies, for the most part of a year stay with the herds having strength of around twenty, including their kids. During spring, nannies give birth to kids.

Billies are around 175 centimetres long, and have height of 122 centimetres. The nannies have length of around 145 centimetres and height of around 92 centimetres. Billies weigh around forty-six kilograms to hundred and two kilograms. Nannies weigh ten to thirty percentages lighter than Billies do.

Mountain goats survives in rocky mountain by consuming grasses, plants, mosses as well as other vegetations seen in alpine valley. Mountain goats have a lifespan of around twelve to fifteen years.

Angora goat is a Turkish goat from the region of Angora. Historians found the mentioning about this goat during Moses era. Around 1554, Roman emperor, Charles fifth, took Angora goat to the Europe. Mohair is the fleece taken from angora goats.

Every year an individual angora goat produces hair of around five to eight kilo grams. Due to the hair density, they are greatly susceptible to various external parasites. Sales of mohair account for majority of income from the Angora goats herds.

Angora goats are not that active like other dairy goats. They, with their browsing abilities feed on food from branches as well as leaves of trees. Angoras are suitable for clearing bushes as well as weed, as they feed on those stuffs.

Billies weighs around eighty-five to hundred and twenty-five pounds, while nannies weigh around seventy-five to hundred pounds.

Angoras need nutritional food, as major part of it is required for the growth of mohair. Proper sheltering is required for these goats to counter the cold after shaving of mohair.

In olden days, there where only white Angoras, now they are available in colour shades like brown, red, black etc. The breeding period of Angoras is between fall and winter. Angoras have life expectancy of around 12 years or more. People raise Angoras for their mohair as there are industries based on mohair. Due to the mohair requirement, this breed has its presence across the world now.

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Resources:

- Mental Floss

- SPCA

 

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