Maggie is our newest addition to the farm! She is a miniature Nubian who hails from of Greensboro, NC and reared by Kristen Morgan. We have talked about adding another doe to our herd over the last year to keep up the supply for our goat milk soap, which has exploded!
We love our Nigerian Dwarfs for many reasons, not the least of which is their small stature (or “pick-up-ability”) and their milk’s highest of all dairy goat breed’s butter fat content. Kristen started working with the experimental breed as a high school project (killer country academics if you ask me!). The breed is part Nubian (a standard sized, high milk production breed) and part Nigerian Dwarf (the awesome bearded lady gene). With some luck, Miniature Nubians are reputed to produce approximately 1/2 gallon of milk a day at peak season (twice that of a mature Nigerian from Blue Ribbon lines). Maggie is just a bit taller than knee height, has no beard (will she forever change the bearded lady reputation of our girls?), and the floppy ears which are just so darn cute!
Kristen is part of a new breeding program to blend Nigerian Dwarf and Nubian goats to create this new breed. She was accepted into the agricultural program at NC state and has downsized her herd to dedicate more time to her studies. Smart girl! We wish Kirsten well and are so excited to welcome Maggie to the herd. If the stars align, she is bred for her first freshening December/January. So look out for cute floppy eared baby goat updates!