THE GOAT BARN
Our Nubian Goats
The breed was developed in Great Britain 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 milk than other dairy breeds.
Anglo-Nubians are large, with does weighing at least 135 pounds and 175 pounds for bucks. The minimum height of the breed, measured at the withers, is 30 inches for does and 35 inches for bucks. Like most dairy goats, they are normally kept hornless by disbudding within approximately two weeks of birth.
Our Myotonic (Fainting) Goats
According to the Fainting Goat Guild, the Fainting Goat can be traced back to the 1880s. A farm worker named John Tinsley who traveled from place to place came to central Tennessee to the farm of Dr. Mayberry with four unusual goats that got stiff and fell down. It is believed that John Tinsley came from Nova Scotia, Canada, but no one knows where he found his unusual goats.
After only a year, John Tinsley moved on and left his goats (one buck and three does) on Dr. Mayberry's farm. Dr. Mayberry began to breed the unusual goats and found that their babies got stiff and fell down too. He concluded that this must be a different kind of goat and called them Tennessee Fainting Goats.
Slightly smaller than standard breeds of the goat, fainting goats are generally 17 to 25 in. tall and can weigh anywhere from 60 to 174 lb.