Sheep & Goats
Domestic Breed: Africa, India and Egypt
Height: Male: 35 inches at shoulder / Females: at least 30 inches at shoulder
Weight: Males: 175 lbs. or over / Females: 135 lbs. or over
Gestation: 151 days
The Nubian goat is named for Nubia, in Northeastern Africa. The head is the distinctive breed characteristic with the facial profile between the eyes and the muzzle being strongly convex. Their ears are droopy, wide and long, extending at least one inch beyond the nose when held flat along the face. These goats have adapted to habitats including savanna, desert, scrub, and mountains. They have an efficient four-chambered stomach that allows them to survive on a low-quality plant diet. Nubian goats are also known for their high-quality, high butterfat milk production.
African Pygmy Goat
Domestic Breed: West Africa
Height: 16-23 inches at shoulder
Weight: Males: avg. 90lbs. / Females: avg. 70 lbs.
Young: One to Four
Both sexes of the African Pygmy Goat have horns. They are vegetarians that prefer to browse to pasture. To reach high branches they stand on their hind legs. They are agile climbers due in part to the hair that grows between their hooves and gives them traction on smooth surfaces. When threatened, the herd will form a ring with the pregnant females and young in the center. Single births are common the first time, but after that twins or triplets are not uncommon. Their hair is short and fine during the summer, but that can adapt to colder climates by producing a thick, woolly undercoat.
Range: India: Kashmir (Pir Pamjal Mountains) Punjab; Nepal; Sikkim
Height: 24-42 inches
Weight: 79-789 lbs.Life Span: 17-20 Years
This is the only species of the Bovidae family that is related to both sheep and goats. Adult males travel alone or in small groups, except during the breeding season. Females and young live in herds of 5 to 50. Tahr goats graze early in the morning and late in the afternoon. During the heat of the day they prefer to seek shelter in the woods. They are quick, sharp-sighted, active, and sure-footed on rocky ground. One or more stands guard during hours of rest, and if they sense danger, they whistle an alarm to head for safety.
Himalayan Tahr Goat
Range: northern Algeria to central Mauritania, east to west Egypt and west Sudan
Height: 30-40 inches
Weight: Males: 220-308 lbs. Females: 88-121 lbs.
Life Span: 20 years in captivity
On a stump, fallen tree, or running up a steep rocky slope is where you are most likely to see our Aoudad. Aoudad are expert climbers and are often seen running at “top gun” speeds up very steep slopes. Where you are least likely to see Aoudad at The Lazy 5 is at the creek or pond. Aoudad can survive up to five days without access to fresh water. When you see an Aoudad there are likely to be many more nearby, as they are herd animals and usually travel in groups compromised of old and young animals of both sexes. Although Aoudad are called sheep, they are more closely related to goats. Unlike the young of sheep which are called lambs, Aoudad young are called kids. Because they have excellent sight, hearing and sense of smell, it’s almost impossible to sneak up on one of these animals.
Height: up to 44 inches at shoulder
Weight: Males: 250-350 lbs. Females: 180-250 lbs.
Mating Season: August through Fall
The Suffolk sheep were developed in southeastern England. The original Suffolk breed was the result of crossing Southdown Rams (male sheep) with Norfolk horned ewes. The Suffolk sheep was recognized as its own breed as early as 1810. The first Suffolk were brought into this country in 1888 by Mr. G. B. Streeter of Chazy, NY. Like the Southdown, Suffolk sheep are naturally hornless.
Domestic Breed: The Dorset breed was developed in England and was imported to the United States in 1885
Weight: Males (Rams): 210-250 lbs. Females (Ewes): 140-175 lbs.
Life Span: 10-12
Dorset sheep have little wool on the face, legs and belly. Their wool (fleece) is lightweight and is good for hand spinning. The horns of the ram are large and angular and spiral downward and forward. The horns of the ewe are smaller and flatter and curve down and forward but don’t spiral. Sheep are followers by nature and will instinctively flock and move together. The gestation period is about 21 weeks, with twins or triplets being common occurrence. Most ewes need no help lambing (giving birth). Lambs are born feet first and delivery takes about 2 hours. Lambs nurse for about 16 weeks. Ewes are good mothers and good milkers.