The start of our dairy herd

When I first thought of having goats, I thought of milking and all of the wonderful dairy products we could make. Our first goat as you know was a Boer with traces of Nubian. From there I just jumped into the Boer breed because there is a market in our area for them. I still wanted to find some dairy goats though. Bonnie from my research is an Anglo Nubian. She may not be a good candidate for what we want because of her issues and possibly her age but I took her anyway. I have a soft spot for animals that can’t seem to find a forever home. We have the space and plenty of weeds to be eaten come spring. Plus, she’s such a doll. I mean, just look at her!

We believe Bonnie is pregnant and preparing for labor. All we know about Bonnie is that prior to the persons we got her from, she was with a herd of Nigerian Dwarfs. If and when she kids, we will have our vet look at her and give us an age estimate and make sure we are treating her iodine deficiency correctly.

I found a Nubian Doe with a Nubian Buckling for sale and jumped at the chance. She is obviously still in milk because of her buckling but is not trained to stand for milking. That’s ok though, because I have the time to train her. Even though I am not entirely ready for that just yet, I am doing all the research and gaining knowledge to prepare myself. I will want to add another doe or does to breed to this buck in the future. And I will have to find a buck for this doe so she doesn’t breed with her buckling.

The buckling is so beautiful!

This is so exciting for me! The possibilities are endless having dairy goats. I have been learning to make cheese and I cannot wait to use that skill with our own dairy! There are so many products you can use goat milk with. Im just over the moon with our goat prospects. Having the barn is going to give us many more possibilities and we are still working on that to be done.

So now we have our first Buck! I’m going to start handling him and getting him used to us. We will keep the herds separated to ensure no mixed breeding occurs, unless we plan to mix them intentionally. The Doe is very friendly, just like Bonnie!

Meeting Joy
Meeting Joy, Taco and Happy

We haven’t picked any names just yet. If you have name suggestions, drop them in the comments!

Bonnie is significantly larger!

With Bonnie possibly in the early stages of labor, I didn’t want her to be with the other goats and Mini Horse. They can be rough with each other during feeding time and the pony sometimes kicks too. I moved her to the new goats’ area instead and will keep an eye on her. When she gets closer to active labor I will move her back to the horse trailer where we have straw bedding and a heat lamp ready. She had been in there for the past two days with no progress. There’s no need to keep her completely isolated just yet. She’s safer with these two for now!

What do you guys think? Is Bonnie about to have kids? Let us know your opinion!

On the left is Bonnie when we first got her and on the right is Bonnie today! Her belly has dropped!
Her right side looks mighty lop sided 🤔

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Until next time, God Bless!

-Cristina

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