Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goats

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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Emily Scherer's discussion Preparing kids and doe for their new homes
"I quit vaccinating about ten years ago, but if you are going to do it, you're really too late to get started and advertise the kids as fully vaccinated because you should do two shots, four weeks apart. If you want to vaccinate the does, the…"
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Cindy Prentice is now a member of Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goats
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Emily Scherer replied to Emily Scherer's discussion Preparing kids and doe for their new homes
"Any suggestions?  What do you do when kids leave home?"
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Kristi Stone replied to Kristi Stone's discussion Feeding alfalfa exclusively
"Thanks Deborah. When you say milkers, do you mean does in milk, or do you mean dairy does?  Also, how does one vary a goat's diet without using grain or alfalfa pellets? We don't really have pasture here, but my does do get some time…"
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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Kristi Stone's discussion Feeding alfalfa exclusively
"Too much calcium can cause zinc deficiency, but that doesn't usually happen with milkers. Our milkers get mostly alfalfa in the winter. A varied diet is always better because of the wide variety of nutrients."
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Kristi Stone posted a discussion

Feeding alfalfa exclusively

Is there any issue with feeding alfalfa exclusively? I heard somewhere that alfalfa is too rich and would cause liver issues in goats. I am aware of the issues with feeding too much alfalfa to male goats because of urinary calculi, but I'm not able to confirm anything regarding the liver. Has anyone else heard this? If so, is there some information online that you can refer me to that speaks to this?Thanks!See More
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Julieanne Cook posted a discussion

Millet Hay?

I saw that we have some available in our area, and I was curious about it. It's hard to find good info online about its use in goats, so I was wondering if anyone had any experience with it.See More
Monday
Patty Meyer replied to Patty Meyer's discussion Our babies this year
"Julia, it sure is not a fun time when you realize something is wrong, and you're so unsure of the course to take.  This was absolutely the strangest kidding.  It started out perfectly normal, proceeded to hard pushing, and a huge…"
Monday
Patty Meyer replied to Patty Meyer's discussion Our babies this year
"Yes, it is nice. :)  However, I'm working hard not to take advantage, because she's mainly a dog and cat vet and is hoping to retire in 5 years.  She turns 60 this year.  I know she really doesn't want to be or feel…"
Monday
Emily Scherer posted a discussion

Preparing kids and doe for their new homes

I have two kids and a doe that I have sold.  I want to make sure I do everything I can to make the transition easiest for them.  The kids (soon to be wethers) will be leaving a week after they are banded and the doe won't be leaving until September.I have not given anyone a CD&T shot.  My does were vaccinated when they were kids but I have not given them a booster since then (they are 2 yrs old).  What do I need to do for the kids and does?I wormed the does after they kidded and then again…See More
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Julia @Woody Glen Farm replied to Patty Meyer's discussion Our babies this year
"Oh SO adorable! The brand new ones are especially cuties! Glad you kept a cool head and got Donald safely into this world! That birth might have sent me over the edge! Congrats!"
Monday
Trish replied to Trish's discussion Question yearly breeding.
"ok thank you"
Sunday
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Trish's discussion Question yearly breeding.
"You just don't want the doe to give birth more than once a year. She only needs to be dried off for the last two months of pregnancy."
Sunday
Trish posted a discussion

Question yearly breeding.

When one breeds one a year, do most people do it:1) once year from conception or2) once year from birth?See More
Sunday
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Patty Meyer's discussion Our babies this year
"Congratulations! How cool that you have a vet that you know so well!"
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Julieanne Cook liked Patty Meyer's discussion Our babies this year
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Emily replied to Patty Meyer's discussion Our babies this year
"Congrats! They are all so cute! Doeling #1 totally stole my heart :) Sorry to hear about the difficult labor with Moon and Donald, but I'm glad you got everything worked out and they are both okay!"
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Emily liked Patty Meyer's discussion Our babies this year
Saturday
Patty Meyer posted a discussion

Our babies this year

Introducing Ginger's triplets!  Every year I think the kids are "The cutest ever!"  Baby #2, buck, blue eyes 4# 2 oz.Baby #3, doe, blue eyes 2# 11 oz.…See More
Saturday
Patty Meyer replied to Deborah Niemann-Boehle's discussion Week one weight gain
" Thanks, Deborah, and yes, I'll do that. :) "
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Preparing kids and doe for their new homes

Started by Emily Scherer in Health. Last reply by Deborah Niemann-Boehle 1 hour ago. 2 Replies

I have two kids and a doe that I have sold.  I want to make sure I do everything I can to make the transition easiest for them.  The kids (soon to be wethers) will be leaving a week after they are banded and the doe won't be leaving until…Continue

Feeding alfalfa exclusively

Started by Kristi Stone in Goats 101. Last reply by Kristi Stone 23 hours ago. 2 Replies

Is there any issue with feeding alfalfa exclusively? I heard somewhere that alfalfa is too rich and would cause liver issues in goats. I am aware of the issues with feeding too much alfalfa to male goats because of urinary calculi, but I'm not able…Continue

Millet Hay?

Started by Julieanne Cook in Goats 101 on Monday. 0 Replies

I saw that we have some available in our area, and I was curious about it. It's hard to find good info online about its use in goats, so I was wondering if anyone had any experience with it.Continue

Our babies this year

Started by Patty Meyer in Birth Announcements!. Last reply by Patty Meyer on Monday. 5 Replies

Introducing Ginger's triplets!  Every year I think the kids are "The cutest ever!"…Continue

Question yearly breeding.

Started by Trish in Breeding. Last reply by Trish on Sunday. 2 Replies

When one breeds one a year, do most people do it:1) once year from conception or2) once year from birth?Continue

Week one weight gain

Started by Deborah Niemann-Boehle in Kidding. Last reply by Patty Meyer on Saturday. 16 Replies

People have asked about newborn weight gain in the past, and I've said multiple times that I want to keep track of a kids' weights at some point, but I never got around to it ... until now! Actually my husband deserves the credit, and this is due to…Continue

Thin goat

Started by Tiffani Wilson in Health. Last reply by Julieanne Cook on Friday. 27 Replies

I'm concerned about one of my goats.  She is 2 years old, was a first freshener this year and is pretty thin. She was small when we bought her in April, but I assumed she would start gaining by now.  I was looking at a link (can't remember where I…Continue

Sore mouth/orf/ecthyma

Started by Katharine Norton in Health. Last reply by Deborah Niemann-Boehle on Friday. 1 Reply

Me again in Nigeria with another weird and wonderful! Just back from 3 weeks away to find my male kid, 7 months old, with bad sores around the mouth, and his mother starting.  Most sores at the back of the mouth, they are both still eating, although…Continue

bucks influence on udder

Started by James Tinker in Breeding. Last reply by James Tinker Jul 23. 2 Replies

I was reading a post today elsewhere that commented on an ff udder and said something to the effect of the buck was doing what he should with the udder development. I can understand how the buck would influence the kids, but how the developing udder…Continue

Brands of cowp.

Started by becca kaisner in Health. Last reply by Deborah Niemann-Boehle Jul 23. 1 Reply

I am looking to get some copper oxide wire particles.  I found the brand "ultracruz" for $19.99 with free shipping on amazon.  At Jeffers, Caprice, and Valley Vet, it appears the brands are all "copasure".  If anyone has used the Ultracruz brands,…Continue

Blog Posts

Fungus?

Posted by Emily Howe on June 5, 2015 at 2:49pm 1 Comment

My 4h goat has something on her bottom that looks like fungus. At first, we used vetricine product that made it shrink a bit but now it is back. Has anyone else experienced this or knows what it…

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7 week old agouti pygmys

Posted by Dion Walters on April 28, 2015 at 12:40am 0 Comments

they are 7 weeks old today

Feeding Kids

Posted by Laura Nicklas on April 26, 2015 at 9:30am 5 Comments

We have 2 kid bucks. Trouble is 15 days old and lost his mama at 4 days old. He takes his bottle well. Little Bit is 10 days old and fights the bottle. We use a syringe for the most part. He bites at it rather than sucks. We have tried different nipples, different milk, and dipped it in honey/molasses. He is a hand full at feeding time. Any suggestions?

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