Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goats

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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Maggie's discussion Udder Development
"OK -- I understand your question now. Most people ask that question because they have a doe that they think is past due and she has no udder.  I don't think I've really felt for an udder any earlier than six weeks prior to due date,…"
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Maggie replied to Maggie's discussion Udder Development
"I was mostly just curious because I had a doe this year that started to develop her udder latter than my other does have. She’s currently 15 weeks along and just started to show some udder growth. Usually my does start to develop an udder in…"
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Aimelyn Trasmonte Pael left a comment for Tammy Grace
"Welcome to the group! I hope you'll introduce yourself and tell us about your goats or your plans for goats! "
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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Maggie's discussion Udder Development
"Maybe one out of 100 will fill up around the time they freshen. However, you should feel something at least a couple of weeks before they kid. I never say anything is impossible, but if if her udder area is flat as a pancake, she wouldn't…"
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Udder Development

What is the latest that anyone has seen an udder start to develop on a first freshener?See More
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Aimelyn Trasmonte Pael left a comment for Laura
"Welcome to the group!  I hope you'll introduce yourself and tell us your plans for your first ever goats! "
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Aimelyn Trasmonte Pael left a comment for Karen Quick
"Welcome to the group! I hope you'll introduce yourself and tell us about your goats or your plans for goats! "
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Shirlene replied to Shirlene's discussion Hello
"Very helpful. Thank you."
Nov 22
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Driver's discussion 5000 sqft pen
"It would probably be better to split it into three or four pens. You want them to stay out of each pen for at least a month, but six weeks would be better. If it's raining a lot, that allows the larvae to survive longer on the pasture, so they…"
Nov 22
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Shirlene's discussion Hello
"Years ago when we started to have a few too many kids and didn't give them enough attention, we got a crash course in this subject! I'd suggest putting them in the smallest space you have in your barn. Our smallest stalls back then were 10…"
Nov 22
Shirlene replied to Shirlene's discussion Hello
"Two months old . I'm wondering what is the best way to get them friendly. They are rather skidish. Not sure how to put pics on here."
Nov 22
Aimelyn Trasmonte Pael replied to Driver's discussion 5000 sqft pen
Nov 22
Driver replied to Driver's discussion 5000 sqft pen
"Can I split my 50'×100ft pen into 2 pasture and rotate the 2 pastures?  If so what is length of time I need in each??  On weekends and evenings i have separate fenced area where I can let them free range at will.  Just not…"
Nov 21
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Driver's discussion 5000 sqft pen
"Here's a post that someone did a few years ago about how she did rotational grazing with four livestock panels and four goats. http://nigeriandwarfgoats.ning.com/forum/topics/movable-pens And she has photos, which are super helpful in this case."
Nov 21
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Driver's discussion 5000 sqft pen
"Welcome to the group! It's great to have you here. A pen that is about 70 x 70 is fine if it is part of a rotational grazing pattern, but if you put them in a pen that size and leave there, they will eat down the grass fairly quickly. Once the…"
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Udder Development

Started by Maggie in Kidding. Last reply by Deborah Niemann-Boehle on Saturday. 3 Replies

What is the latest that anyone has seen an udder start to develop on a first freshener?Continue

Hello

Started by Shirlene in Introductions. Last reply by Shirlene Nov 22. 4 Replies

Hello, my name is Shirlene. I will be receiving  my first two little does Friday. I am busy making them a play area and can't wait for them to arrive. I look forward to meeting you all. I live in TX not too far from Waco. This is our first year her…Continue

5000 sqft pen

Started by Driver in Introductions. Last reply by Deborah Niemann-Boehle Nov 22. 5 Replies

Hi all love the site and look foward to contributing. I have a small 3 acre hobby farm here in the Pacific Northwest (WA).I have about a 5000sqft fenced goat pen, for being a small area it has hill small gully and trees.What are some good ways to…Continue

Lost back teeth

Started by Amalia Young in Goats 101. Last reply by Deborah Niemann-Boehle Nov 6. 3 Replies

This morning my husband found what looks like a string of the back teeth from one of our 8 NDs. Their front teeth are much taller than the ones he found on the ground, when he was cleaning their area. So we suspect they came from the back of one's…Continue

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Chronic cough

Started by Heather L in Introductions. Last reply by Deborah Niemann-Boehle Nov 6. 5 Replies

I bought a new doe in milk back in July. She started coughing a few days after I got her and at fist I just thought it was because of the stress of joining a new herd. Unfortunately it kept up and got worse. Sometimes it is a dry cough and sometimes…Continue

Teff Hay for Wethers

Started by Naomi D'Andrea in Goats 101. Last reply by Deborah Niemann-Boehle Oct 29. 1 Reply

Does anyone have experience using Teff hay?I got my hands on some and stocked up for the winter--mainly because that's what was available by the time I got around to stocking up for the winter. A friendly acquaintance had grown it experimentally for…Continue

Tags: chloride, wether, ammonium, calcium, hay

Hello

Started by Heather in Introductions. Last reply by Janie Hynson Oct 29. 2 Replies

Hello all.I am fairly new to the goat raising experiance. We have had goats now for about a year and half.  We have 7 ND does (2 are 4, 1 is 3, 2 are 2 and 2 were born in March.  We also have 2 pygmy does.  We have one pigmy buck and 3 ND withers…Continue

need help on dehorning paste on thick scur if possible?

Started by Trish in Goats 101. Last reply by Deborah Niemann-Boehle Oct 24. 5 Replies

Hi,I'm not using dehorning paste on a young goat, but what I would like to do is put it on the top of a nigerian duck's thick scur.I've been trying to find information on using dehorning paste without success. I have some dehorning paste I wanted to…Continue

How old is too old for a buck to breed

Started by Maggie in Introductions. Last reply by Deborah Niemann-Boehle Sep 27. 5 Replies

Would it be worth adding a buck to my herd that is 7 years old? It’s his blood lines that I’m really after and I have a unique opportunity to get him at a great price from a herd dispersal but at 7, I’m hesitating. How many years can I realistically…Continue

What are YOU feeding your milking does?

Started by Jabe Thomas in Goats 101. Last reply by Maggie Sep 26. 6 Replies

I seem to always be going back and forth on what to feed our milkers. For several years, I have been feeding DuMor sweet feed, mixing in BOSS, sometimes alfalfa pellets. Our goats always have access to Sweetlix Meat Maker loose mineral, Thorvin…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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