This is Elsa and her new born son. I traded my aquaponics system for two young doelings. She is one of the two. Her parents are purebred Nubians goats. Nubians handle the heat of the desert very well. Her mother gives a gallon of milk everyday. Her father has sired little girls that grew up to give a gallon of milk everyday. So Elsa should do the same. Maybe not with her first freshening. But certainly by her second. We shall see.
Elsa was bred to a Nigerian Dwarf. So the baby that she had today is a hybrid that is called a mini-nubian. The reason that I did that is so that her first kidding would not be so difficult. The benefits of having a mini Nubian is that they are not as noisy as a Nubian, they are not as big as the Nubian, so they will not eat as much. But they give less milk than a Nubian. For the homesteader who does not need as much milk as a gallon per day; this is a very nice goat.
Cody has been out there with her today. He enjoys being with the goats. I just cannot let him in the pen at this moment; because Elsa still has after birth coming and does not need Cody sniffing her butt.
I will give updates both here, and on Facebook to let you know how Prince Von der Pepper
does. I will also let you know how Elsa does on the milk stand,
and how much milk she gives.
Bella and Bambi should kid the end of April or the beginning of May. There will definitely be a lot of goat milk around here. Say cheese!