Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goats

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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Maggie's discussion How old is too old for a buck to breed
"You're welcome. It's worth mentioning that the 8 year old was probably having trouble producing enough milk because she had lost most of her teeth. I noticed she started losing some of her front teeth by the time she was 6. I've never…"
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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Maggie's discussion How old is too old for a buck to breed
"Most does can be bred until they are 10 years old. I've only had one that wouldn't get bred when she was 9 -- and thats is with breeding 15 or so does on average every year for 15 years or so. I don't normally breed them after…"
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Maggie replied to Maggie's discussion How old is too old for a buck to breed
"That’s kind of what I figured. Thanks! Is it about the same for does or can does be bred longer assuming they’re in good condition? "
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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Maggie's discussion How old is too old for a buck to breed
"I hate to say it but I wouldn't do it. In 17 years of owning goats and being on Yahoo groups back in the day and then other social media and knowing thousands of goat owners, I have known one buck who lived past the age of 10. And they…"
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Maggie replied to Jabe Thomas's discussion What are YOU feeding your milking does?
"My milkers and pregnant does get alfalfa and some Bermuda plus access to pasture and browse. They get Purina dairy parlor feed on the milk stand only. All of my goats have access to free choice mineral all the time. My bucks, dry does, and wethers…"
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How old is too old for a buck to breed

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 expect from him?
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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

signs of pain

Started by Judy H in Health. Last reply by Judy H Sep 22. 2 Replies

I have an 8 year doe, Clover, she is one of my first two goats and has a special spot in my heart.3.5 years ago she contracted meningeal worm, the parasite attacked her spinal cord.  At her worst her back legs were paralyzed, but with an outstanding…Continue

Introduction

Started by Annette in Introductions. Last reply by Deborah Niemann-Boehle Aug 24. 1 Reply

Hello all, Thank you for allowing me to join the group!My name is Annette and I live in Sacramento Ca.i am new to goats, have had my 3 for about 3 months now. Two doe kids and the  mother to one of the kids. I hoping to be able to learn as much as I…Continue

HELP! Leg stiffness and weakness

Started by Aaron White in Health. Last reply by GINGER K BRAUN Aug 22. 20 Replies

I have a 15 week old doeling who has been exhibiting a stiff gait for several weeks.  I unfortunately, being new to this, did not pay it enough attention just figuring it was something strange about her.  But the stiffness in the rear legs has…Continue

Introducing my newest online course! And it's FREE!

Started by Deborah Niemann-Boehle in Breeding Aug 12. 0 Replies

Did you know that what you do now can have a big impact on your kidding success in the spring? Mineral deficiencies, not recognizing the signs of a doe in heat, and holding a doe for breeding can all result in failure. I receive lots of emails and…Continue

Breeding age

Started by Maggie in Breeding. Last reply by Maggie Aug 9. 4 Replies

What’s the earliest that you guys will breed a doe age wise? I have a doe that is 6 mo old but she’s already over 60lbs and 18inches tall. I usually wait until my does are 10mo but it usually takes them that long to be that size. I have access to a…Continue

Wether drooling and not swallowing food

Started by Jess Johnson in Health. Last reply by Deborah Niemann-Boehle Jul 31. 21 Replies

Yesterday morning, my five month old wether had foamy green drool coming out of his open mouth.  His mouth was stuffed with chewed hay/leaves.I dug it all out and felt his throat and there didn’t appear to be any blockage.  When I let him loose, he…Continue

Barn Ventilation

Started by Naomi D'Andrea in Goats 101. Last reply by Deborah Niemann-Boehle Jul 21. 7 Replies

Anyone out there have a favorite fan for under $300? Looking for recommendations. We have a pretty tiny barn (8x12) for only 3 goats. Half of one side of the barn is open all the time, but it gets very stuffy nonetheless.TIA!Continue

Hi fellow herders!

Started by GINGER K BRAUN in Introductions. Last reply by Deborah Niemann-Boehle Jul 20. 7 Replies

Im in Central Texas trying to milk my way to riches. HA HA HA. I make cheese, fudge, soap and lotion with the milk. Love my little Nigerians and have been breeding them since 2013. Each year teaches something else or another way to do it. I have…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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