Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goats

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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Angela lesh's discussion Miscarriage of triplets five weeks early
"If the cat will be inside, it shouldn't be a problem. It's when cats poop in the goat bedding that they can transmit toxoplasmosis, which is why pregnant women are not supposed to change litter boxes. An older cat would be safer, but there…"
yesterday
Karen Espalin replied to Angela lesh's discussion Miscarriage of triplets five weeks early
"My son really wants a cat. Was thinking about getting him one for Christmas but our goats are pregnant. Is it safe to rescue a cat that is a year old or more? Or should we play it safe and wait until after kidding?"
yesterday
lisa Taylor replied to lisa Taylor's discussion Lymph Node swelling and abcess
" update. Swollen nodes have mostly resolved but 2 goats have a lingering cough , the buckling  has the cough for 4 months. Their was nothing on his chest x-ray. he tested CL and CEA negative. "
Sunday
Naomi D'Andrea replied to Joe Phillips's discussion Will this work as a milking parlor?
"I finally remembered to take the measuring tape out with me this evening.  I only have one doe, and I have no idea how her length stacks up against the average. She looks to be about 38" from nose to tail. The measurement from her…"
Saturday
Joe Phillips replied to Joe Phillips's discussion Will this work as a milking parlor?
"Hi Naomi,  Thanks for the reply. I like the option of standing, and/or sitting if we provide a taller stool. Good question about observation, since we have groups of students around. It isn't visible in my photo, but the goat house has…"
Dec 7
Naomi D'Andrea replied to Joe Phillips's discussion Will this work as a milking parlor?
"I'm similarly constrained, and am also using a former loafing ledge to milk our doe. I actually keep it high, as I prefer to stand while milking. (I built a step to help her up when she's really pregnant.) I really like it this way--I find…"
Dec 6
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Dec 6
Joe Phillips posted a discussion

Will this work as a milking parlor?

Howdy, I would love to get some expert opinions on whether or not this little goat house can be retrofitted to also serve as a milking parlor. We run a school farm and this is our first adventure in kidding & milking. I have been drawing up plans to build a separate milking parlor, but as we are very tight on space and money (we are a school after all!), I'm wondering if this space can serve multiple purposes. The added bonus of this idea is that it removes another step for our milking…See More
Dec 6
Janie Hynson left a comment for robin morris
"Welcome to the group, Robin! "
Nov 30
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Autumn left a comment for Janie Hynson
"Thank you for the add. Love my dwarf babies. Now that I have my own buck, lots of learning"
Nov 27
Janie Hynson left a comment for Cameron Beal
"Welcome to the group, Cameron! And happy birthday!"
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Janie Hynson left a comment for Autumn
"Welcome to the group, Autumn!"
Nov 27
Deb Blake-Satchel replied to Deb Blake-Satchel's discussion Hi from Robertson, South Africa
"always lived here. about fourth generation african on both sides of my family :-)"
Nov 26
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Maggie's discussion Castration
"Here's a blog post that I recently wrote about the Burdizzo. It also includes a video."
Nov 26
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Deb Blake-Satchel's discussion Hi from Robertson, South Africa
"Sorry, I wasn't clear. I was wondering if you're originally from South Africa. Have you always lived there? Or did you move there from somewhere else?"
Nov 26
Deb Blake-Satchel replied to Deb Blake-Satchel's discussion Buck with the herd
"Thank you :-) "
Nov 26
Deb Blake-Satchel replied to Deb Blake-Satchel's discussion Hi from Robertson, South Africa
"Thank you I am in South Africa - about 200km from Cape Town"
Nov 26
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Deb Blake-Satchel's discussion Hi from Robertson, South Africa
"Congratulations on your new herd! You're our second member in Africa that I know of. We have one from Ireland who lives in Nigeria. Are you from South Africa?"
Nov 25
 

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Miscarriage of triplets five weeks early

Started by Angela lesh in Kidding. Last reply by Deborah Niemann-Boehle yesterday. 7 Replies

One of my does miscarried triplets yesterday. Two boys and a girl. She appeared normal at morning feeding. I went out at 2 and she had dropped two babies and was working on her third. She has delivered one girl lady spring fine. All babies appeared…Continue

Lymph Node swelling and abcess

Started by lisa Taylor in Health. Last reply by lisa Taylor on Sunday. 3 Replies

Hi, I am new to the forum .    I am in PA and have 3 alpine/ sanaan cross does and a Nigerian/Boar cross Billy goat. They where all born march . About 3 weeks after vaccinations, I noticed the does had swollen lymph nodes on the left side and some…Continue

Will this work as a milking parlor?

Started by Joe Phillips in Introductions. Last reply by Naomi D'Andrea on Saturday. 3 Replies

Howdy, I would love to get some expert opinions on whether or not this little goat house can be retrofitted to also serve as a milking parlor. We run a school farm and this is our first adventure in kidding & milking. I have been drawing up…Continue

Hi from Robertson, South Africa

Started by Deb Blake-Satchel in Introductions. Last reply by Deb Blake-Satchel Nov 26. 4 Replies

Hi AllExcited to have found this group :-)& looking forward to the introductory series of emails!Brilliant idea We moved to a farm a year ago & Nigerian Dairy goats were on my list to achieve self suffieciencyNot so easy to come by in Sout…Continue

Castration

Started by Maggie in Goats 101. Last reply by Deborah Niemann-Boehle Nov 26. 3 Replies

Banding vs. burdizzo. Which is best? what are the pros and cons? At what age should they be used?

Buck with the herd

Started by Deb Blake-Satchel in Breeding. Last reply by Deb Blake-Satchel Nov 26. 2 Replies

Does anyone keep their buck with the herd fulltime?Will he stay permanantly in rut?Will he settle & be a gentleman??Continue

Soy beans for goats?

Started by Katharine Norton in Kidding. Last reply by Deborah Niemann-Boehle Nov 24. 1 Reply

Hi alllooking for some wisdom and advice on dry season goat feed.  I've found a new (to me) product that they are calling soy beans, but its mushed up crumbly bits so I'm guessing its the skins of the beans that have been soaked and put through a…Continue

The hardest week ever

Started by Judy Metcalf in Kidding. Last reply by Glenna Rose Nov 24. 14 Replies

We have had ND goats for several years which means with 10 does we have had many kiddings - all without any major issues.   Last Monday our 3 year old Hali delivered three beautiful doelings.  She did well for the first day, but by that night she…Continue

Kids available for reservations Edgerton, Wisconsin

Started by Bob Thomas in For Sale Nov 23. 0 Replies

Nigerian Dwarf Kids Available.Open to the public this Saturday 10-4 and Sunday 10-4                                                                                     Lake Koshkonong Fiber & Livestock W9626 State Rd 106 Edgerton, WI. 53534 4…Continue

Which buck?

Started by Glenna Rose in Breeding. Last reply by Glenna Rose Nov 21. 2 Replies

I looked at two bucks today.  Before I went out, I was sure which one I wanted to breed my girls to.  I have two to breed. However, when I went out there, the original one I went to see was very appealing but then I looked at her second buck and he…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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