INTO NEW ZEALAND....
Anglo-Nubian Dairy goats were
first brought into New Zealand from England in the 1930’s with a government
importation of several animals with the aim of setting up a goat milking
industry. This venture did not develop as hoped and eventually the
government participation was dropped. Many goats were liberated into the
bush, so it is not surprising to observe Anglo- Nubian features in our New
Zealand Feral goats.
In 1971 Anglo-Nubians were again imported into New Zealand by Mrs.
May Deane of Northland. Two kids, Kyeema Deidre and Kyeema Nigel,
unfortunately Nigel never bred as he died suddenly at the age of eight
months. In 1975 Mrs Deane imported three more Anglo– Nubians, Sarnia Siran,
Tannenbaum Mark and Tannenbaum Katherine. Waipuna Velvet was the progeny of
Siran out of Kathryn. No further pedigrees were registered although both
Siran and Mark were used extensively for cross—breeding programmes with
Saanens and Toggenburgs.
Mrs. Duna Monro from Keri Keri imported Arilla Lolita in 1975 but never
registered her in New Zealand, Mrs Munro later imported Tassiedale Tara and
Mr and Mrs Ward of Pakia Stud mated the Saanen doe Pakia Joy to Sarnia Siran,
the does Pakia Fatima and Pakia meg resulting.
Mrs Helen Asplech of Birchwood Stud mated the Saanen doe Pakia Joy to Sarnia
Sira, Birchwood Anna and Birchwood Ada resulting. Anna was mated back to
her sire and produced Birchwood Sarah who became the foundation doe for the
A group developed in the far north with Mrs E. Pickery(Pikari), Barry and
Wynn Ingham (Barwyn) and Ian and Bev Mc intyre (willowdale) joining the
converts to the Nubian Breed.
Mrs Lauris Peck (Windsong) of the Wairarapa purchased her first Appendix
Nubians from Mrs May Deane in 1978, later buying Thornmere Aurelia from
Lyndsay Innes and Clifton Logan from Gay Dodson of Nelson.
In 1975 Ruth Dawson (Opuha) imported Tognu Zhar into Nelson. He had four
Cross-bred daughters registered who were retrieved years later and by Mrs
Kay Slow (Khariba) and were bred to imported bucks. From these initial
importations, enthusiasm for the bred in Nelson spread. Ruth Dawson was
joined by Gay Dodson (Clifton), Kay Slow (Khariba), Glynis Buschl (Glynnubi),
Ruth Dalley (Yorkvalley), Beverley Handly (Smallfields) and Morry and Jean
In Auckland the McKerras Family caught on and bought Birchwood Sarah and her
daughter Birchwood Sage, then the importation of Keotong Cloe, Emma and
Emily Rama Leah, Leithmount Lara and Candice from Tasmania. The Bucks Rama
Levi and rama Cainaan cemented the enthusiasm. More to catch on in the
Auckland are were Heather and Bruce Neagle (Jaandir), Lorraine and Kelvin
Crann (Camelot), Dot and Don Goodall (Baramor), June Kelly (Kellylea) and
Phillip and Michelle Clague (Habbakkuk). In 1980 Lyndsay and Collette Innes
(Thornmere) imported twin sisters Brookfield Ilinga and Ikara who were both
Mated to Rama Levi, from these two matings the basis of the Thornmere Stud
developed, with the later addition of Georgefield Chief purchased from Mrs
In the Christchurch area avid enthusiasts Jim and Ailsa Watson already had
dairy goats when they were smitten with the Anglo– Nubian, they imported
Koetong Apollo, Maisie and Wanda and Tassiedale Seth.
Other Breeders in and around Christchurch to emerge were Ray and Gail
Messervy (Strontian), Terry and Linda Sullivan (Yellowstone), Helen
Chevallier (Kakahu) and Dave and Fran Goulden (Glendou).
Further south in Otago Mrs Jessie Kirk imported Balook Rajah, Brookfields
Elsa and Tassiedale Tina as the foundation of her Georgefield Stud. From
this are Nubians spread as far south as Invercargill to Bill and Gwen Milne.
These stud names along with Filleo, Riversleigh, Arilla, Donnalea to mention
a few can be found back in our Nubians pedigrees today. There have been
many Breeders to join in over the more recent years, all of these making a
part of the history of our Nubians today. These earlier breeders, breeders
now and those to follow, all play a very important part in History and the
future of the
Anglo-Nubian Breed in New Zealand.
The most recent import by Osment Dairy Goats in Cambridge
(2007)consists of 4 bucks and 10 does. These Anglo-Nubians have been sourced
carefully to ensure strength in the breed continues. These goats are the
first Anglo-Nubians to be imported in the last 16 years. A long overdue
addition to the NZ genepool. With the high cost of importing and long
quarantine periods for the goats in Australia the costs of bringing them in
is signifacantly higher than it was years ago which has contributed to the
lack of recent imports.