Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goats

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Katharine Norton posted discussions
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Judy Asarkof replied to Juliana Goodwin's discussion When to worry about nursing?
"I have to jump in as a relative newbie- I think good to watch the doeling. My queen clearly preferred her buckling to her doeling and allowed him to drink more. The doeling grew fine but if I had babies in this horrible cold weather- I'd also…"
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Katharine Norton replied to Katharine Norton's discussion Nigerians in Nigeria
"Hi Michael, I hope you got to see the links ok, I can't post photos as they don't use them here that I have seen (Nigeria)."
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Izzy Kosice replied to Juliana Goodwin's discussion When to worry about nursing?
"thank you so much for the reassurance!! we are learning so much from the friendly folks on this terrific website!!! "
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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Judy Asarkof's discussion With First Fresheners - when to mingle does and their kids?
"A good LGD should be fine with newborns."
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Rose Stuart replied to Rose Stuart's discussion I am so sad and ticked off
"Well Tuesday nite another doe gave birth to triplets, just got home from work and went to feed. The 3rd one had come out very recently and was quite wet. checked her over and she started shivering, dried her off but she didn't respond well so I…"
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Julia @Woody Glen Farm replied to Juliana Goodwin's discussion When to worry about nursing?
"Izzy, when they are little they nurse often and for very brief amounts of time. As they get older they will nurse for longer. Your doe knows when they need to stop so she walks away (this is my understanding) because they can only digest a small…"
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Izzy Kosice replied to Juliana Goodwin's discussion When to worry about nursing?
"We have two kids -- the little boy is nursing well.  The little girl seems to 'strike' at the nipple and have trouble nursing; then when she gets onto a teat, mom often walks away within 1 minute.  I am really worried that she is…"
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Izzy Kosice replied to Judy Asarkof's discussion how much to feed a new mother?
"We have been using alfalfa as our grain -- and then bought DuMor sweet feed 16% protein for the lactation -- do we give the sweet feed instead of the alfalfa at this time?  or do we give 50% of each?  and I am embarrassed to admit:…"
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Izzy Kosice replied to Judy Asarkof's discussion Disbudding - tips or rounded areas
"oh this worries me! we are first timers, and our mobile vet is going to do the first disbudding for us, so we can watch once, then feel better about doing it ourselves in the future... however, he said he wanted to disband at 2weeks old, because of…"
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Dion Walters replied to Deborah Niemann-Boehle's discussion Hay prices
"in michigan good legumes/clover alfalfa mix square bale 2nd cutting is 6.00 from neighbor. straw is 4-5.00 abale. at tsc a bale i 19.00 on't have enough acreage to grow my own. "
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Izzy Kosice replied to Judy Asarkof's discussion With First Fresheners - when to mingle does and their kids?
"Related question: we have Great Pyrenees livestock guardian dogs with our herd, 24hr a day they are together...  right now we have the FF and her two babies in a stall created in our garage (because of the freezing weather) - they are doing…"
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Izzy Kosice replied to Rose Stuart's discussion I am so sad and ticked off
"o sad! we had our first kidding about 10 days ago, luckily Canela went into labor while my husband was still doing evening chores at the barn, so we were right there; Canela is a FF (I'm still learning: that means her first babies, right?) --…"
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Izzy Kosice replied to Rose Stuart's discussion I am so sad and ticked off
"so sad! we had our first kidding about 10 days ago, luckily Canela went into labor while my husband was still doing evening chores at the barn, so we were right there; Canela is a FF (I'm still learning: that means her first babies, right?) --…"
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Patty Meyer replied to Katharine Norton's discussion maximising milk production
"Awesome! Way to persevere!"
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Katharine Norton replied to Katharine Norton's discussion maximising milk production
"Aw, Myra, wow, I was so blessed by your message!  I'll inbox you, lets chat Africa!  BIG thanks to everyone for your comments, I have doubled my milk output to 3/4 of a cup, woohoo!  I feel it can still go up............. I am…"
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All year field for goats?

Started by Katharine Norton in Goats 101 6 minutes ago. 0 Replies

Hi, I would like some advice on fields and rotations for goats. Is it ok to keep goats in the same field all year?  I know the ideal is rotation due to parasite build up, but I have read that 130 square feet is good for a dwarf goat.  If I have one…Continue

When to worry about nursing?

Started by Juliana Goodwin in Kidding. Last reply by Judy Asarkof 1 hour ago. 13 Replies

Velvet just had twins that are now approaching 2 hrs old.  They are not latching on and nursing well.  I helped the boy get a good suckle but he has not on his own. Girl does not want to be helped thank you very much, but I believe I saw her get a…Continue

Apron for Doe to stop Kid from Drinking?

Started by Katharine Norton in Goats 101 12 hours ago. 0 Replies

Hi there,I have a feeling I've seen before that some farmers tie something around a doe to cover the udder to prevent a kid from drinking?  Is there such a thing, if so, what is it called and have you any experience of it? ThanksKatharineContinue

Nigerians in Nigeria

Started by Katharine Norton in Goats 101. Last reply by Katharine Norton 13 hours ago. 11 Replies

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With First Fresheners - when to mingle does and their kids?

Started by Judy Asarkof in Kidding. Last reply by Deborah Niemann-Boehle 21 hours ago. 4 Replies

I had all my first fresheners kids in stalls and have been trying to figure out when I can mingle the mothers without endangering the kids.There isn't a problem with the rest of the herd. It is with the other mothers!Each mother doesn't want the…Continue

I am so sad and ticked off

Started by Rose Stuart in Kidding. Last reply by Rose Stuart 21 hours ago. 22 Replies

One of my does was due within a week....this am I went out and found she had twins and both were dead......they were both perfectly formed and were cuddled up together.  They were cleaned off! I hate to say it but I think the doe just walked away…Continue

how much to feed a new mother?

Started by Judy Asarkof in Kidding. Last reply by Izzy Kosice 22 hours ago. 5 Replies

I'm at a loss as to how much to feed a new mother. I'd been feeding just a tad of grain but now she has her twins. What is the standard amount to start with. She looks perfect in weight right now but of course some is left-over from pregnancy and…Continue

Disbudding - tips or rounded areas

Started by Judy Asarkof in Kidding. Last reply by Izzy Kosice 22 hours ago. 10 Replies

OK - when people are talking about horn buds/points - how sharp are we talking? Are we talking like small bumps sticking up above the head? My buckling/wether to be just popped at 10 days and is due for disbudding. I'm sure the vet will be able to…Continue

Hay prices

Started by Deborah Niemann-Boehle in Goats 101. Last reply by Dion Walters 22 hours ago. 38 Replies

I always find it fascinating to see what people are paying for hay in different parts of the country. I'm in Central Illinois and am happy to report that prices are down this year! I paid $2.75 a bale for a grass/alfalfa mix and $4 for 100% alfalfa.…Continue

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maximising milk production

Started by Katharine Norton in Home Dairy. Last reply by Patty Meyer yesterday. 14 Replies

Hi,I'm a first timer milking an FF with a single kid here in Nigeria.  An American friend came yesterday - she was raised with goats so I was just thrilled to have her view, ideas, expertise on my situation, it was great!  Also she encouraged me…Continue

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New Milker

Posted by Ellie Weidenhammer on February 27, 2015 at 10:47am 0 Comments

Hello!!

I was wondering what was the normal amount of milk from a Nigerian? My parents had full size Saanen goats I would milk and I knew my ladies wouldn't milk as much but I am receiving a little over a pint each. Is this normal? They have plenty of food and water left over every night so I know they are getting enough as well as I have a nutrition goat block and individual feedings with goat minerals.  

new introduction

Posted by Dion Walters on February 17, 2015 at 8:51am 2 Comments

 hello, to all first off. I am new to this site , I have I full 3-4 yr old  nigi,whos's named pepper (my first,who's preg), then I bought her a friend Harley  , she's 1, who's 1/2 LaMancha, 1/2 Nubian, then I bought 2 preg pygmys pinky and the brain, who's about 3-4 yrs old. now I've had them a month or so now, i'm able to bring home my newest addition named sunny she is 6 weeks old mini nubi. I put her in with the nigi & the lamacha/Nubian and they keep butting her. I understand…

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milk

Posted by Freddy wright on October 20, 2014 at 11:19am 1 Comment

Can a goat drink vitamin D milk ??

Registered Nigerian Doe For Sale

Posted by Little Branch Farms on October 6, 2014 at 11:37am 1 Comment

Deer Ridge Farm Sweet Pea is for sale. She kids easy. This is her 2nd time kidding. 1st time had a single buckling. This time had a doeling and buckling. Gives alot of milk. Does good on milking stand getting better each day. Has a nice full udder. We have been milking her she is in milk but is starting to dry up. Have been milking her once a day. Was still working on shaving her in picture so not…

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