This is Cammille, one of my nubian dairy goats. Her milk plays a big part in the goat milk soap that is made on my farm.
Cammille is a smart doe. As with most of my dairy goats, Cammille arrives at the milk room door twice a day, following the same pattern. This season the order is Iris, Bonnie, Cammille, and Carmella. Goats love patterns, in fact, some become rather upset when a normal routine is not followed. They also know their own names. They have individual personalities. Cammille, for example, will not allow the milk inflations to be placed on her teats without first having access to the grain in her dish. With Cammille, everything has to be pre-planned, in perfect order, before she arrives on the stand. If not, a person had better hurry! She has a gentle nature, she does not kick, she more or less shifts from hoof to hoof, dancing, and the impatience quickens when food is not at her lips!
Athena is a young dairy doe. She has not “freshened,” meaning, she has not given birth and gone “into milk” yet. Athena is a 2nd generation snubian (cross between a saanan and a nubian). I love snubian dairy goats. They produce a nice volume of milk, and they retain the wonderful rich fat-laden nubian qualities in the milk they produce.
Snubians are generally very laid back goats, easy to lead and train to the milk stand. Athena does not fall short of those abilities. Goats love to nibble with their lips (no teeth involved). Athena has a habit of nibbling with her teeth, and it certainly can hurt! I am trying to break her of that wonderful practice! She loves to follow behind, and ouch, nibble!!!
Have you ever seen a goat bury their head in a huge pile of hay to find just the one morsel they were searching for? They cannot see through the hay, but they can smell, and amazingly their lips can feel better than most any other animal! Try to hold a young bottle-fed goat kid. Try it without a bottle in your hand. What you will get are nibbles. Little nibbles to your neck, chin, earlobes, and they love to target the nose!