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Thoughts on Nubian-Boer cross?  RSS feed

Em Kellner
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I had been considering Kinder goats (Nubian/Pygmy), but can't seem to find any in my region. Perhaps this means that they don't do well in my area, or just that they are a newer breed that hasn't caught on yet, I don't know.

But I have found some Nubian/Boer crosses and I'm wondering if this might be an appropriate direction to go. Our goats would be dual-purpose, and I only plan to need enough milk/meat for our family, not to sell. We live in CT -cold winters and moderate summers with some humidity, though nothing grueling, and the goats would basically live in the forest.

What is the size difference we're looking at here, and how does this translate to how much pasture/forage they will need? That is my main concern, because we don't have a huge space for them at the moment, about a half acre rich with forage. We would plan to have 2, and raise a couple kids each year to slaughter, probably selling the others.

My main "criteria" are needing little supplemental feeding (in the non-snowy months), hardy, and good track record of successful independent birthing. How do you think Nubian/Boers would hold up to this?

And additional question - if we do go with them, when it is time to breed, would you breed them with a Nubian/Boer cross, a full Nubian, or a Boer buck? What would be this advantages or disadvantages of each?
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