We have a small herd of nanny goats that live in our open yard in the centre of the Farm. Our goats are all pregnant and due to kid in May.
A male goat is called a billy, a female is called a nanny, and baby goats are called kids. All the adult goats at Surrey Docks Farm are nannies. Both females and males have horns, but often these have been removed for safety reasons. In bearded breeds, both sexes can also have beards.
We have two different breeds of goat in our herd: Toggenburgs and Anglo Nubians. It is easy to distinguish between them: the Toggenburgs have small upright ears and a slightly concave facial profile, while the Anglo Nubians have a curved ‘Roman’ nose and long drooping ears.
Goats are reared mainly for meat and milk (from which goats cheese is also made) and sometimes also their hides and hair are used.
Here at Surrey Docks Farm, they are bred mainly for meat, which is sold in our farm shop when available. Most importantly however, the goats provide some of the best animal interaction and entertainment!
Goats are wonderfully curious and mischievous – they will nibble at anything they can reach, and have an insatiable interest in eating, which is why it’s not safe to go inside the yard with food! Our goats eat special goat food, hay and plants. In the wild, goats are mostly mountain animals; they all love climbing and are experts at steep slopes, dangerous jumps, balancing on ledges and scaling summits, and are keen escapists in the pursuit of food, so shut those gates carefully behind you…