We are new to Nubian goats and find them quite different from our Oberhasli goats. They are a matriarchial goat with very distinct characteristics.
Miss Ruby is the leader of the social society. She is big, she is vocal and she is in charge. She eats first and often. She likes things done right on schedule, and if we are late, she lets us know…loudly! When we take our walks, she walks primly down the center of the road. No cavorting on the hillsides for her. She would wear a big hat to church if she could.
Her daughter, Miss Jewel, on the other hand, is the society girl. Growing up in luxury at Easter Egg Acres, she spent her days socializing and doing lunch with the girls. When she finally started a family, she did it with drama…visits to the vet, vets running out to the farm, and plenty of pampering when she finally did have her babies. Two weeks later, she dusted off her hooves, weaned her baby, and svelte as ever, went back on the social scene, leaving baby Pearl to fend for herself.
Pearl, however, wasn’t one to stand around and feel sorry for herself. When the stall door opens to let the girls out to milk, she is out like a streak…shooting through all the legs straight for the alfalfa pile. There she buries her head and eats like a machine. In fact, most of her day is spent single-mindedly focused on food. She is never without a piece of grass or alfalfa hanging out of her mouth…even when she is baaing, which, like the rest of the girls, if often.
Our newest Nubian, Miss Opal, is still trying to find her place in the Stone Creek Farmstead Society.