nubian goat

Nubian Goat

Capra hircus


Description

The Nubian is a large breed of dairy goat. Nubians have long, bell-shaped ears that extend an inch beyond the face, and small upturned tails. Their fur is short and glossy and can come in a variety of colors including black, tan and red.

Size

Mature Nubians weigh between 100 and 250 pounds and can stand up to 30 inches high at the withers (shoulders).

Adaptations

Diet

At Cosley Zoo, the goats are fed a diet of commercial livestock grain and hay.

Reproduction

Goats can become sexually mature as early as 6 months of age. Male goats produce a very potent musk-like odor during the breeding season to attract females. Female goats are pregnant for 140-160 days. Goats give birth once a year during late winter or spring. Twins are common, but single and triplet births are not rare.

Shelter and Space Needs

At Cosley Zoo, the goats inhabit a stall in the barn. The back of the stall has a door that opens during the day into the goats' outdoor yard. The yard contains a large wooden structure for the goats to climb on.

Life Expectancy

The life expectancy of a Nubian goat is 10-15 years.

Importance to Man

Nubian Goats produce a high-quality, high-butterfat milk, which can be drunk or used to make ice cream, yogurt, cheese and butter. Many people who are allergic to cows' milk can better tolerate the milk of a goat. Goats can also be raised for their meat and their hides.

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