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Mini-Nubians in Upper East Tennessee

Mini Nubians

While searching for a friend for Aurora, I stumbled across Michael's Mini-Nubians in Fall Branch, Tennessee. This mom-and-pop operation actually has a two-year-old, pregnant doe available that we could have taken home right away and Baby was definitely a sweetheart. But I was a bit leery of adding a horned goat back into our herd...and I really don't think I could handle the angst of a pregnancy right away. So, instead, we put down a deposit on one of the herd's unborn kids.

Old goat

We can't be sure who will throw girls, but our first choice as mother is Pixie, aka Green Gables Prancing Pixie. Pixie is a venerable old lady at nine years of age and her teats were rather tremendous for a mini (a good thing for ease of milking). But her major selling point is that she's a sweetheart --- I think she would have stood there and let me pet her for as long as I felt able.

Mini-Nubian buck

The father of most of Michael's upcoming herdlings this year is Green Gables Indian War Song. As you can tell from their official names, both parents are bred by probably the premier Mini-Nubian operation in the U.S., so it seemed like a very good deal to be able buy one of their offspring for $250 weaned.


Michael doesn't have a website yet, but I'd be glad to pass along your contact information if you live in the area and are interested in Baby (shown above) or in any of this year's kids. The latter are slated to be born in late March and will be ready for new homes in late June (or much earlier if you'd prefer to go the bottle route for $50 off the purchase price). Just email me and I'll email him.

For everyone else --- stay tuned for baby shots in about a month. No one will ever be able to replace Artemesia in our hearts, but I have a feeling Pixie's daughter could come close. Perhaps we'll name her Pixel?

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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Nice to see there are still some goat people here in Washington Co. There used to be a group called the Tennessee Goat Association back around 12 years ago, but they apparently fell apart years ago. Met them at the Appalachian Fair.

Good luck with goat hunting!

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