Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goats

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Rachel in Wonderland replied to Rachel in Wonderland's discussion Ways to Make a Farm Profitable?
"Thank you! These are wonderful! "
1 hour ago
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Rachel in Wonderland's discussion Ways to Make a Farm Profitable?
"I've attached my PowerPoint presentation on "Value-Added Goats" so you can get a few ideas about how your goats can make money for you. I've also attached my PowerPoint on "Marketing Your Homestead Business." To answer…"
1 hour ago
Rachel in Wonderland posted a discussion

Ways to Make a Farm Profitable?

This isn't directly related to goats, so I hope it's okay to post here.I am in search of ways to make my "farm" profitable. It's been my dream since I started in 2008 to one day have a profitable, fully-functioning, multifaceted farm (similar to Deborah's, for those are familiar with her setup). But I put making it profitable on the back-burner while I was obtaining my degree and had it be a hobby instead. I even took a couple of years off of kidding to focus on my education, and also to…See More
3 hours ago
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Judy Asarkof's discussion Tell me what you see with this udder
"That's a nice udder for a first freshener. I always love to get pictures of my babies from their new owners, so I can see how they've matured. Looks high and wide with a nice MSL, although I could see more if you provided two pics -- one…"
4 hours ago
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Jabe Thomas's discussion Treatment for lice on kids
"Oral or injectable ivermectin would only work for sucking lice, which are sucking the blood. If the goats have biting lice, you need to use a pour-on, such as ivermectin or Eprinex pour-on."
4 hours ago
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Glenna Rose's discussion Would you separate for an hour or two?
"Oh, if there is a favorite side issue, you need to keep a close eye on that. You don't usually see that with triplets, but I never say never when it comes to goat behavior. They really need to be nursing both sides evenly. Glad you caught that,…"
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Critique

Ali Udder day of birth (5 hours prior to birth)
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Julia @Woody Glen Farm replied to Randi Leister's discussion Disbudding help
"My first time was after watching videos on here and on youtube and it was two bucklings 6 days old. They both ended up with good sized scurs... here's what I learned from it: 1) Do it in the daylight so you can SEE really well.  2) Have…"
6 hours ago
Helen Setterfield replied to Paul Spear's discussion milker
"I'm glad the milker is working out for you.  When I emailed Mr. Henry about the problems (gasket, insert slipping, and, finally, broken plastic), I never received an email back or acknowledgement of any sort.   Still, it's a…"
8 hours ago
Rachel Whetzel at MigMog Acres replied to Paul Spear's discussion milker
"I have worked closely with the owner of the Henry Milker, and I cannot imagine that he would not have been happy to replace faulty parts. I have had my milker for three years now, and it's still going strong. All of the parts would be very easy…"
10 hours ago
Rachel Whetzel at MigMog Acres replied to Rachel Griebenow's discussion Milk taste
"Just a low grade systemic type... from the stress of her labor. She had a very large kid, that injured her back legs for a while. She still walks funny from it. Possibly low grade mastitis. She never had any signs of it other than her milk had a…"
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Rachel Griebenow replied to Rachel Griebenow's discussion Milk taste
"What kind of infection do you think that could have been? "
10 hours ago
Rachel Whetzel at MigMog Acres replied to Rachel Griebenow's discussion Milk taste
"I had a doe that did this the first set of babies I had here on my farm. She had a hard delivery, and I think my flavor issues came down to two things: I  did a test milking early (a bit before two months) and I think in hind sight, that she…"
10 hours ago
Rachel Whetzel at MigMog Acres replied to Randi Leister's discussion Disbudding help
"There is a good video shared here about disbduding. It might help you feel confident. Good luck to you! I was lucky enough to have someone that could come help me my first time. "
10 hours ago
Rachel Whetzel at MigMog Acres replied to Jabe Thomas's discussion Help with milking process for first-timers
"I totally agree with Glenna about the information that is "out there" and the difference between this group. I also love that Deb has studies she shares that back up information that isn't "take what you want, leave what you…"
10 hours ago
Rachel Whetzel at MigMog Acres replied to Judy Asarkof's discussion Chiro information for goats and what do you do with non-producers?
"There are so many factors that play into mothering... I had a FF reject one of her kids last year, but this year, she's been a great mom to her tripplets. If I stopped breeding her, it would actually be because she isn't very friendly, and…"
11 hours ago
Rachel Whetzel at MigMog Acres replied to Meagan's discussion My Teeny-Tiny Doeling
"I've been off line for most of the weekend, so I am late to the discussion, and you have obviously gotten good advice from those that were here to answer you! You can't go wrong with advice from Deb. :)  I'm just popping into the…"
11 hours ago
Patty Meyer replied to Jabe Thomas's discussion Treatment for lice on kids
"Be careful with the DE if you decide to use it.  Last summer I used it and it worked well.  I didn't notice any extremely dry skin from it.  However, I used it this winter, and they got SO dry.  One of them is still having a…"
12 hours ago
Rachel Whetzel at MigMog Acres replied to Jabe Thomas's discussion Treatment for lice on kids
"I use Eprinex for my goats, and since it doesn't have a withdrawl time for milk or meat, I feel like it's safe for kids. At 3 weeks, I would use it if I needed to. If you want to try something a little "safer", you could start…"
12 hours ago
 

Forum

Ways to Make a Farm Profitable?

Started by Rachel in Wonderland in Goat Friends. Last reply by Rachel in Wonderland 1 hour ago. 2 Replies

This isn't directly related to goats, so I hope it's okay to post here.I am in search of ways to make my "farm" profitable. It's been my dream since I started in 2008 to one day have a profitable, fully-functioning, multifaceted farm (similar to…Continue

Tell me what you see with this udder

Started by Judy Asarkof in Showing. Last reply by Deborah Niemann-Boehle 4 hours ago. 1 Reply

I know nothing about udders at this time - so what can anyone tell me…Continue

Treatment for lice on kids

Started by Jabe Thomas in Health. Last reply by Deborah Niemann-Boehle 4 hours ago. 3 Replies

We've just noticed lice on our 3 week old kids. It's worse on one in particular. I think it's the type that attaches onto the skin. I've sprinkled DE on the bedding, but that's more preventative than anything. What are your recommendations for…Continue

Would you separate for an hour or two?

Started by Glenna Rose in Goats 101. Last reply by Deborah Niemann-Boehle 4 hours ago. 7 Replies

Okay, I totally believe in leaving babies with moms all the time, until two months when we separate at night for morning milk.  However, I have one little piggie that is growing leaps and bounds ahead of her sisters. She has always been the biggest…Continue

Didn't quite do it

Started by Judy Asarkof in Showing 4 hours ago. 0 Replies

I tried to do the critique thing but failed - I have a picture of my goats udder in the show section and photo section with the word critique.I failed in my following directions I guess - blame it on waiting for 3rd doe to kid.Just curious what I…Continue

Disbudding help

Started by Randi Leister in Goats 101. Last reply by Julia @Woody Glen Farm 6 hours ago. 2 Replies

I don't know if this is the right place for this, but I'm looking for someone in/near the Wichita, KS area who has experience disbudding these tiny little babies?  Found a "nearby" vet who will do it but I'd rather have someone who regularly does…Continue

Tags: help, Disbudding

milker

Started by Paul Spear in Home Dairy. Last reply by Helen Setterfield 8 hours ago. 8 Replies

  I need more info on the Henery Miller milker, pleaseContinue

Milk taste

Started by Rachel Griebenow in Home Dairy. Last reply by Rachel Whetzel at MigMog Acres 10 hours ago. 4 Replies

I noticed something interesting. Last summer when I started milking Caramel, there were about 2 weeks right at the beginning when her milk tasted really twangy, almost too much for me to drink. But then it cleared up and tasted AMAZING, so I figured…Continue

Help with milking process for first-timers

Started by Jabe Thomas in Home Dairy. Last reply by Rachel Whetzel at MigMog Acres 10 hours ago. 14 Replies

Our doe recently had three kids, and we are wanting to milk her. We've done some research and asked some questions, and based on our family, we feel it'd be best to milk once a day. Our plan is to separate the doe and kids during the day, let her…Continue

Chiro information for goats and what do you do with non-producers?

Started by Judy Asarkof in Health. Last reply by Rachel Whetzel at MigMog Acres 11 hours ago. 2 Replies

You all know I'm obsessed already. This will add to the fodder!!  I have a chiropractor who sees ME, and she also happens to do horses, dogs and any other animal we patients own. I've used her for 15 years and love her. I use her with the goats -…Continue

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Riverdance Farm Facebook Fan Page

Posted by Margie McCoy at River Dance Farm on March 1, 2014 at 12:00pm 0 Comments

Riverdance farm Facebook Fan Page

We now have our Etsy store integrated with Facebook. Check it out and like and follow us! We are having to much fun!

New Born Kids For Sale in 3-4 weeks

Posted by Lake Sai Farm on February 3, 2014 at 9:30am 1 Comment

Hello, I have a small herd of 8 does.  They are all from Little Tots Estate in Georgia.  Their parents are having good records of showing…

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Goats!!

Posted by Myra Isaac on January 8, 2014 at 11:53pm 12 Comments

I've got my goats!!!! I'm posting this from my mobile device. Were on our way home right now. They're cute and funny and they've already won my hubby over - or at least the does have and he's open to liking the bucks eventually too! :D of course I'm already quite smitten! I'm super excited!!!
BTW do any do any of you ever feed orchard grass pellets? Just wondered if I could use it occasionally instead of hay?

Updated our website

Posted by Margie McCoy at River Dance Farm on December 11, 2013 at 3:05pm 4 Comments

http://www.riverdancefarm.com We have now integrated etsy for our store for easier navigation. Click on Etsy Store and there you will find not only handmade gifts from our farm but also from my friend Monica at Polka Dot World. We want to wish all of you happy holidays and hope everyone stays safe.

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