Anglo-Nubian, or simply Nubian in the United States, was developed in
Great Britian of native milking stock and goats from the Middle East
and North Africa. Its distinguishing characteristics include large,
pendulous ears and a "Roman" nose. Due to their Middle-Eastern
heritage, Anglo-Nubians can live in very hot climates and have a longer
breeding season than other dairy goats. Considered a dairy or
dual-purpose breed, Anglo-Nubians are known for the high butterfat
content of their milk, although on average, the breed produces less
volume of milk than other dairy breeds. Anglo-Nubians are large, with
does weighing at least 141 pounds. The average height of the breed,
measured at the withers, is 31.89 inches for does and 37 inches for
bucks. Like most dairy goats, they are normally kept hornless by
disbudding within approximately two weeks of birth.
Anglo-Nubian breed originated in England as a cross between the Old
English Milch Goat and the Zariby and Nubian bucks imported from India,
Russia, and Egypt. They have been exported to most countries from
England and in the United States are refered to simply as Nubians.
Nubian breed standard specifies large size, markings can be any color,
the ears are long, pendulous, and the nose is Roman. The Nubian
temperment is sociable, outgoing and vocal.
According to the
Amerian Dairy Goat Association, the Nubian goat should be a relatively
large, proud, and graceful dairy goat of mixed Asian, African, and
European origin, known for high quality, high butterfat, milk
The head is the distinctive breed characteristic,
with the facial profile between the eyes and the muzzle being strongly
convex (Roman nose). The ears are long (extending at least one inch
beyond the muzzle when held flat along the face), wide and pendulous.
They lie close to the head at the temple and flare slightly out and
well forward at the rounded tip, forming a "bell" shape. The ears are
not thick, with the cartilage well defined. The hair is short, fine and
Any color or colors, solid or patterned, is acceptable.
Nubian's size makes it a very useful dual-purpose animal. The Nubian
breed leads the way for the diary breeds in butterfat production: it
produces on average, 5% or more butterfat content. This is surpassed
only by the Nigerian Dwarf, Pygmy goat and Boer goat breeds, which are
less likely to be used for large scale milk production, as for a dairy
or cheese making. Because of the higher fat content, the Nubian milk
has more flavor than lower fat milks. Milk production is lower than
other dairy breeds on average.
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