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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Naomi D'Andrea's discussion Mesh Hay Feeder
"If you're signed up for the kidding course, you can see them multiple times in the videos because they're in the kidding barn, and I think I talk about them when doing the kidding barn tour early on. Unfortunately I couldn't find any…"
21 hours ago
Naomi D'Andrea replied to Naomi D'Andrea's discussion Mesh Hay Feeder
"Thank you for your reply, Deborah!I can't seem to find a photo of the feeder you're referencing. Is it in a book?Particularly interested in waste reduction, and as one of my driving forces is a desire to reduce consumption of goods as…"
Sunday
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Naomi D'Andrea's discussion Mesh Hay Feeder
"If a goat's head or hooves can fit through the mesh, it will, and at some point you will wind up with a broken leg or broken neck. It's just what goats do. I've had three kids hang themselves in a horse hay feeder that had V-shaped…"
Thursday
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Winding River Farm (Bev)'s discussion Hello from Lorane, Oregon
"Welcome back! I remember you. Sounds like things are going good for you. Your goats look great! We also create log climbing places for our goats. They love it so much. "
Thursday
Naomi D'Andrea posted a discussion

Mesh Hay Feeder

Does anyone have experience using a mesh hay feeder for their goats?I'd appreciate feedback on waste reduction, size of holes in feeder, and unintended consequences (goats injured or stuck). Also usability--how annoying is it to load? How durable?Thanks in advance!See More
Wednesday
Denise Kurtz is now a member of Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goats
Aug 2
Winding River Farm (Bev) posted a discussion

Hello from Lorane, Oregon

I have been gone from this forum for a few years and missed it.   Been busy with our herd of goats.   We have far too many but keeps us busy in our older years.   We take them for walks in the woods and around our pond area as much as possible where they can get a lot of browse.   They love it.  Always an interesting day with this many little ones.    I only bred 5 girls this year as I am not doing linear appraisal the last few years and I don't need all the milk.   Our girls are pretty much…See More
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Jul 24
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Kiley Tomjack's discussion We only want to keep 2 or 3 goats . .
"If I could sell kids for $1000 each, I'd be breeding my goats every year. That's why big breeders do not keep milking beyond a year. The money for them is in selling kids. There is no financial incentive for them to do extended lactations.…"
Jul 23
Cadybug Farm replied to Kiley Tomjack's discussion We only want to keep 2 or 3 goats . .
"So what are some of the breeding lines that have this level of production? There are many breeders who strive for quality, yet I've never before heard that NDG can produce milk for over 305 (ish) days. I would think renowned farms like Old…"
Jul 21
Glenna Rose replied to Theresa B's discussion Milk Production Expectations
"I've not seen it mentioned, but an important fact is how will you can milk.  The best producer is going to go "downhill" quickly if she is not milked out at each milking.  Also, how relaxed both the goat and you are is a…"
Jul 21
Glenna Rose replied to Kiley Tomjack's discussion We only want to keep 2 or 3 goats . .
"If you want goats for milk, buy only registered does from proven dairy lines.Regarding length of time milking, that will vary from goat to goat.  For first fresheners, I suggest breeding them again in the fall and drying them up early.…"
Jul 21
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Jul 20
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Kiley Tomjack's discussion We only want to keep 2 or 3 goats . .
"We have been able to milk NDs for two or three years. We had one doe that only ever kidded three times in her entire life. We are now milking all of our does on extended lactations to basically prove it can be done.  The only does we ever had…"
Jul 20
Cadybug Farm replied to Kiley Tomjack's discussion We only want to keep 2 or 3 goats . .
"Our experience and understanding is that for Nigerian Dwarf goats, they are only in milk for around 300 days, so slightly less than a year. Some of the standard breeds can be in milk for a couple of years and so maybe something like the mini-nubians…"
Jul 20
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Deborah Niemann-Boehle commented on polly jackson's photo
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"I'd call it a red gold. Some people might just say red. "
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Kiley Tomjack commented on polly jackson's photo
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"What color is this goat?  I'm new to NGD and want to use the right term.  I love this color!"
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Mesh Hay Feeder

Started by Naomi D'Andrea in Goats 101. Last reply by Deborah Niemann-Boehle 21 hours ago. 3 Replies

Does anyone have experience using a mesh hay feeder for their goats?I'd appreciate feedback on waste reduction, size of holes in feeder, and unintended consequences (goats injured or stuck). Also usability--how annoying is it to load? How…Continue

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Hello from Lorane, Oregon

Started by Winding River Farm (Bev) in Introductions. Last reply by Deborah Niemann-Boehle on Thursday. 1 Reply

I have been gone from this forum for a few years and missed it.   Been busy with our herd of goats.   We have far too many but keeps us busy in our older years.   We take them for walks in the woods and around our pond area as much as possible where…Continue

We only want to keep 2 or 3 goats . .

Started by Kiley Tomjack in Goats 101. Last reply by Deborah Niemann-Boehle Jul 23. 7 Replies

My husband and I live on an acreage and are going to be starting our first NDG verture. I have done a lot of reading up on them and am learning all I can.  We will be getting them for their milk to drink and make soap and such with.  We only want 2…Continue

Milk Production Expectations

Started by Theresa B in Goats 101. Last reply by Glenna Rose Jul 21. 65 Replies

I am looking into purchasing a ND doe and I am primarily interested in milk production capabilities and this would be the foundational doe for my herd. I want to know how much milk is considered a good amount for a ND? I know there are a lot of…Continue

Kids with big bellies

Started by GINGER K BRAUN in Health. Last reply by Deborah Niemann-Boehle Jul 12. 15 Replies

I have 3 or 4 kids I purchased that have the round bellies like a watermelon. Fecals are clean. I don't want them to be smaller than normal. What can I do to correct this?The buckling is 6 months old and the doelings are 4-6 months. Im in Texas so…Continue

Questions about copper bolusing

Started by Lil in Health. Last reply by Deborah Niemann-Boehle Jul 11. 7 Replies

I'm getting ready to give my goats their first dose of COWP... I'm seeing some signs of deficiency. My black goat is turning reddish, and some of them have rough coats, and there is a bit of fishtail.Anyways... I purchased the UltraCruz COWP for kid…Continue

Nebraska Newbie

Started by Mary Cox in Introductions. Last reply by Kiley Tomjack Jul 9. 2 Replies

Hello from Nebraska and thanks for adding me to your group. I purchased my first 4 ND does in August of 2019. They were already in milk and I was able to get them bred fairly quickly. Just had my first kid 2 weeks ago, and am expecting the other 3…Continue

Tattooing

Started by Lil in Goats 101. Last reply by Lil Jul 8. 2 Replies

Is this a fine tattoo kit for the nigerian dwarfs? I didn't add a link, but here is the description.Special 3/8" letters & numbers fit right into the instrumentUse on pigs, sheep, goats, cattle and livestockHolds up to 4 letters or numbers at a…Continue

LGD questions.

Started by Lil in Goats 101. Last reply by Deborah Niemann-Boehle Jun 24. 5 Replies

I've been thinking a lot about getting a livestock guardian dog, and I'd really like to. I currently have just two doelings that live in a nice big pen, with a little barn. Right now I'm locking them in the barn at night (for about 8-9 hours) and…Continue

Should my goats have grain?

Started by Lil in Health. Last reply by Lil Jun 20. 2 Replies

I have five goats -2 wethers, 2 does, 1 buck - they are all between three and four months old, and I've owned them all since they were 8 wks. I have never given them grain... should I be? If so, I feel terrible that I never gave it to them. Here are…Continue

Blog Posts

My ND goats

Posted by Julia M Willams on January 2, 2017 at 2:26pm 3 Comments

Hi everyone! I thought maybe you all might want to see some pictures of my goats. So here they are, I hope you enjoy them...

I'm glad they don't mind the snow, because we're sure getting a lot this year!…

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A Year (and a half) in Review

Posted by Naomi D'Andrea on December 11, 2016 at 9:29pm 3 Comments

Bought the kids July 2015. Bred Mira January, first travel and goat-sitters March, babies June, learned how to milk, sold babies August, started playing with chevre and cheddar, built cheese press, rigged a sort of cheese cave, expanded goat yard, added more play structures for the goats...

...and I keep putting off the eternal question from Willow, "Can I keep another doe next year?" I keep waiting for the proverbial bloom to fall. I waited to see if she'd get tired of the constant…

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Old Haunt Blog Announcement!

Posted by Old Haunt Farm on May 21, 2016 at 6:41am 2 Comments

Hi Folks!

I'm announcing my new (still being edited and added to, but published) farm website complete with blog! I wanted to put the blog link here, since it's about my recent (and first) kidding experience. I've gotten a TON of support here over the past few weeks, and I thought I'd share this story with you as a sort of thank you! I hope you enjoy it! Here's the link...…

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When can goat kids go out on pasture?

Posted by Sophie on May 20, 2016 at 4:28pm 1 Comment

Hey! I have a question for anyone who'd be kind enough to answer! :) I'm new to goat, we just got 3 NG last week. One 7 year old milking doe, a 15 week old and a 8 week old doeling. When can the babies start going out to pasture? (we have a very safe and "kid" proof pasture) They haven't been in the pasture yet so I'm thinking I have to work them up to it like horses? How would I exactly do that? Also, the doe hasn't been in the pasture for a week but that's fine to put her in it all day…

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