These are some of the most commonly asked questions about the goats here at Oak View. If you have a question that is not addressed here, feel free to call or email us!
Which goat is which?
Boyd is mostly black, but does have a white patch on his side and brown on his ears. Walt is almost completely brown, with just a black stripe down his back.
Levi is brown with a black chest and stripe down his back. Elliot is spotted with brown and white patches.
How old are they?
Boyd came to Oak View on November 30, 2005, at 6 months of age, so in May 2016, he'll be 11 years old. Walt was almost 9 years old when we adopted him in March 2014. Levi and Elliot arrived at 5 and 4 months old in August 2015. Each year, we throw them a birthday party (the Barnyard Birthday Bash), an event that is open to the public!
Are they friendly?
Yes! Boyd, Elliot and Levi have been here since they were just a few months old, and Walt was a family pet, so they're all very used to people, including children. They interact well with the elementary school children that visit Oak View for field trips. These goats love attention!
Can I feed them?
Sure! All four love appropriate food treats from visitors, but please check with park staff before you feed them in case they've had a lot of treats already that day. We ask that you only feed them apples (cut into small pieces) or baby carrots.
What are they chewing on?
Goats are ruminant animals, which means they have multiple chambers in their stomach, and they must regurgitate their cud (partially broken-down food) in order to chew it again to help them digest it. Fun fact: Nubian goats only have teeth on the bottom in the front of their mouth, but have molars on the top and bottom in the back of their mouth.
They're so large! What breed are they?
These goats are Nubian goats, which originated in England and is a milk goat breed. They are a very large breed, with most males weighing around 175 pounds and being a minimum of 35 inches tall. Because of the high butterfat content, Nubian milk is often used to make cheese.
Did Oak View have goats when it was a working farm?
Not that we can tell. We know they raised cattle and swine, and had horses or mules for work; however, when staff at Historic Oak View County Park decided to get animals, it was important to make sure they were very social animals who would interact well with the public, particularly children, so Nubian goats were a perfect fit!
Are Nubian Goats common in North Carolina?
Nubian goats are a very popular breed, and there are a number of Nubian breeders in North Carolina. The Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site, also called Connemara, still operates a dairy goat farm. The original goat dairy was started by Mrs. Sandburg in 1935, and remained in operation for 30 years. The first four of Oak View's goats had a connection to the herd at Connemara.