History of the Anglo Nubian Goat on the Isle of Wight

Did you know Anglo-Nubians have been sighted on the Isle of Wight. In fact they have been popular over there for many years. Way back in the early 1970’s, the breeder of the Medham Herd of goats took to the Isle of Wight, two Anglo-Nubian goats from the respected Wayward herd – Xanuli AN5950H (male) and Xasha AN6026P (female).

From these two animals the first Medham Anglo-Nubians were registered. Over the next twenty three years this herd produced many goats, a large majority of cross breeding and a few being pure Anglo-Nubians. In the mid 70’s the Roselle Herd started with a cross bred Medham goat. Towards the end of the 1970’s the Holiday’s herd began with a goat bred from the two original Waywards.

During the 1980’s five more Anglo-Nubian herds came on the scene. Hopcroft, Tamilands, Faithful, Bigbury and Quaytown. The Isle of Wight now had nine breeders, however only the Colemans and the Quaytown were registering just Anglo-Nubians, while a majority of the other prefix’s had goats grading up.

The 1990’s saw the heyday of Anglo-Nubian breeding on the Isle of Wight. The following herds sent males to the island for breeding. Abbotswell, Tyrrell, Northcourt, Gorsefield, Friarlea, Poplartime, Tyegronon, Ashdon, Celestine and more Wayward. Some of the best known stud male being used at this time were Colemans Aslan, Quaytown Picasso, Psalm, Hidigo and Hoy. Many of these were used with great success in some herds on the mainland as well.
It was during these years that the Isle of Wight lost its one big show but the dedication to the breed and showing was held high by the Colemans and Quaytown’s. Both breeders regularly came to the mainland with great success at many shows in the south of England, even up as far as Stoneleigh in Warwickshire and the Breed Shows held there.

By the end of the 90’s, seven of the nine Isle of Wight Anglo-Nubian breeders had retired and then in 2000 the Quaytown prefix was used for the last time to register goats. It was a sad loss, as the Anglo-Nubian breed has so much to thank for this prefix.

Today, the last remaining Anglo-Nubian herd, Coleman, are still competing at BGS shows and their goats are still winning BCC’s and Q*’s.

A number of very good Anglo-Nubians have been bred on the Isle of Wight and perhaps the one goat which most deserves to be mentioned is TUFTY. The three Sires of Merit males Quaytown Hoy, Quaytown Hidigo and Colemans Aslan go back to her. So does R127 Quaytown Haze * who left the island and joined the Valser Herd on the mainland, where she achieved her Dam of Excellence award. All of the Colemans Herd today have Tufty in their background, her pedigree being from one of the great founder breeders, Wayward.

We do hope the Isle of Wight finds new goat keeprs to carry on the great tradition of the breed on this island. If you have any stories to share about goat keeping history through the years, please let us know. We’d love to share it with our readers.

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