About us

The history behind our goat passion

Julie has basically grown up with goats, as you might also know our herd as Caprix Nubians, from Ste-Edwidge, QC. Caprix is the purebred herd Julie and her mother Celine Martineau started back in the late 1990s, however Celine has have owned goats since the mid-70s.

Below are pictures of Julie with some of their goats owned back in the 1980's.

Julie always loved the goats and in her teen years, would rather do the chores than clean the dishes. Eventually, Julie bought her own goats and in 1998, started registering the goats. Celine has always loved the Nubians for their personality and since she always loved making some farmstead goat cheese, Nubians was the breed to have!  Julie also fell for the Nubians but preferred the genetic aspect of raising goats. So, in the spring of 2001 Julie convinced Celine to sell all of the unrecorded/grades and Canadian animals and purchased 9 purebred animals from Western Canada that was then the foundation of their herd. That year they showed for the first time and of course Julie had the "bug", Celine, not so much. The goats were also classified for the first time with 1 EX, and most of the herd in the high VG. In the fall of 2001, Julie tried out the Judge training conference in hopes to learn more about dairy goats conformation as they were pretty new to showing. It was quite the challenge, as at the time, Julie was not speaking much English and the whole training and exam was in English. To her surprise, Julie ended up with a full licence and started judging the next year!  The years after, the does were shown at the CGS Nationals and the Royal and did very well, having the 2002 & 2003 GCH& BUOB and 2004 RGCH & BUOB with a homebred doe.

All of our goats are purebred and registered with the Canadian Goat Society. We will try to show the goats to the local shows and the Nationals and Royal when possible, and depending on a few factors, we would like to get our animals classified and milk tested.

The goats are fed the best available forages, have free choice of fresh water, minerals and receive a balanced ration depending on their stage of growth or lactation. The herd is vaccinated and wormed on a need to basis and is CL free.

Breeding philosophy

We strive to remain competitive in the show ring and have does that milk very well and live long healthy & productive lives through strict selection and herd management. We really believe in performing in all the aspects evaluated by the Canadian Goat Society, that is why we participate to as many programs as we can as often as it is possible. The key in a profitable herd is to have a balance between production and conformation aiming for a long living productive dairy goat.

When selecting our herd sires, we take great considerations on the strength of the overall family and how well it's going to cross with our does. We also feel that a touch of line breeding in the Nubians has to be done to a certain degree to maintain the consistency in the style and type.

I always wanted to share my top guidelines as a Nubian breeder. Since the first day I had an internet connection, I remember searching "nubians" all over the place visiting the first few websites available. I was looking at pictures, pedigrees, performances, and memorizing it all finding out that such and such goat was somewhat related to one of mine.

These are my advise, to those who wants to read it;

1. Cull, cull & cull. Constantly evaluate your herd on hard facts, sometimes hard decisions have to be made. It's very unlikely that you will get top offspring from a horrible doe or that she'll turn into a swan. Keep in mind that some traits improve with age, so you might need to be patient. But some trait gets worse with age, so that why Rule # 3 is important too.
2. Manage your herd with the best standards - Practice the best herd management possible. If you want your investment to thrive you need to cherish it too!
3. Educate yourself - Before you can breed a good goat, you need to know and understand what is a good goat. Participate to genetic clinics, go out and watch National shows, ask questions to other breeders, classifier or the judge.
4. Use the genetic evaluation tools available - Use the available tools to evaluate your herd such as classification, sanctioned shows and/or milk test.
5. Depth of pedigree & Line breeding - Base your culling and purchasing decisions on hard facts such as performance, pedigree, classification, milk record, show wins, strength of family and progeny. Nubians need some line breeding otherwise you won't see too much consistency in your herd.
6. Balance  Don't select animals on only one trait such as breed character or colour, you need to look at the whole animal.
7. Breeding goats is not a perfect science - Don't beat yourself up if something does not turn out as well as you expected! You might have a doe with a perfect pedigree and she does not turn out, well refer to rule #1.
 
Once again thanks for visiting, don't hesitate to contact us if you have any question or if you just to "chat" Nubians! We are trying to keep this website as up to date as possible and hopefully you will have an informal and pleasant visit! 

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