Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goats

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Rose Stuart replied to Dawn Kenneda's discussion Where to advertize
"I hsve used the same websites u mentioned; you can also try 4H and FFA. "
yesterday
Marin Waddell replied to Emily Puentes's discussion Questions about Goat Pens
"As a heads-up not all wethers are good heat detectors. We have one who is. In fact if it weren't for the lack of testicles you'd have no idea he can't do the job as he looks and acts completely like a buck, just less smelly. If we…"
yesterday
Emily Puentes replied to Emily Puentes's discussion Questions about Goat Pens
"The 8 month old weighed 48 pounds yesterday and the 5 month old only weighed 29 pounds :( I really hope she isn't pregnant, for her sake. Yes the 8 month old and the 5 month old both came from the hoarder. she had about 30 goats on an acre of…"
yesterday
Astrud F. Wheeles replied to Glenna Rose's discussion Overweight issues
"As a side note, this week we visited a local breeder since we wanted to observe her doing the milk testing.  Anyway, I notice that all her does (she milked 4) were eating noticeably less that what my does eat (I also have 4 in milk), but they…"
yesterday
Rachel Whetzel at MigMog Acres replied to Emily Puentes's discussion Questions about Goat Pens
"Oh! OK. I misunderstood. Good that they aren't still in with a buck! Were those two from the hoarder, then?  If they were in with a 2 year old buck, they may very well be pregnant. Probably too young. Weigh them now, so you know if they…"
yesterday
Rachel Whetzel at MigMog Acres replied to Dawn Kenneda's discussion Where to advertize
"You've tried all the places I would have suggested... Here on FB, there is a livestock buy/sell/trade group for my state. You might try finding something like that? "
yesterday
Myra Isaac replied to Glenna Rose's discussion Overweight issues
"Keep us posted how it goes, Glenna. I just recently added two girls to my herd and the younger one is Quite the sausage. Her tail is horribly fat. I'm putting her on a diet of weed and grass pasture and we'll see how she does. I'm…"
yesterday
Myra Isaac replied to Dawn Kenneda's discussion Where to advertize
"What are you asking for him? What kind of bloodlines does he have? I have had ok success with selling animals on CL but it hasn't been anything spectacular, sadly. No hits whatsoever on the buckling/wether that I listed. Thankfully I found a…"
yesterday
Dawn Kenneda posted a discussion

Where to advertize

For the first time, I haven't been able to sell my goats, word of mouth.  So where do you advertise to sell your prize bucks and does?  I tried my local paper with no luck.  I have also tried Craigslist, and my Facebook classified page.  Anyone have any good ideas.  I live in Wyoming and Nigerians are just starting to become known. I currently have a 2yr old beautiful blue eyed buck, who was a great performer last season and now I have new does from him so I need to trade him out.  He is very…See More
yesterday
Emily Puentes replied to Emily Puentes's discussion Questions about Goat Pens
"I don't have a buck yet, so I know they didn't get pregnant here. I wanted to wait to breed anyone until they are 9 months old so I can get them CAE tested before breeding them. The lady who had the older two had them in with 2 different…"
yesterday
Katie Spring replied to Emily Puentes's discussion Questions about Goat Pens
"The older ones may very well be pregnant, you can do a pregnancy test through biotracking at least a month after they were exposed to the buck. Do you know the age of the buck they were with? If he was younger then 5 months then I think the chances…"
yesterday
Katie Spring replied to Emily Puentes's discussion Questions about Goat Pens
"When I first got my does it was a year before I got a buck and I never saw them go into heat once. Of course it was my first time having goats ever so I could of not known what I was looking at. Now though some of my does I can tell but some have…"
Friday
Rachel Whetzel at MigMog Acres replied to Emily Puentes's discussion Questions about Goat Pens
"Cattle panels with wire will keep your bucks in, but if they share a fence line with your girls, they can still nail them through the fence. I had to add electric wire to the inside of the boy's pen on our shared line after I learned that the…"
Friday
Beverley Sieminski replied to Glenna Rose's discussion Overweight issues
"If there is no medical problem - a walk would be good.  We have lots of banks and stumps, hill side -a goat heaven.   I bought a new little girl and she was kind of a chunky little girl.   The running up the banks and…"
Friday
Emily Puentes posted a discussion

Questions about Goat Pens

We live on just over an acre in NE Florida. Here is a little bit of info to start with.We currently have two pens set up for our goats, one is 1/4 acre and the other is 1/2 acre.We currently have 4 young does and 1 whether.  The grass is excellent, even in the middle of winter (Keep in mind this is FL winter so that usually entails 2-3 months of "cool" weather. The coldest it ever gets is about 25 degrees and that's usually for a few hours right before the sun comes up, and only about 5 days a…See More
Friday
Astrud F. Wheeles replied to Glenna Rose's discussion Overweight issues
"Yes, I blood test will let you know if there is a thyroid issue.  One of our dogs has a thyroid issue and every year she has to have a blood test to make sure that the medication is working properly and if any changes need to be made."
Thursday
Julia @Woody Glen Farm replied to Glenna Rose's discussion Overweight issues
"Glenna, I posted a similar thread a couple of months ago and Deborah posted an article about thyroid issues in goats. Here is the…"
Thursday
Glenna Rose posted a discussion

Overweight issues

Okay, I am at wits end with my two-year-old (and first born here).  She is very overweight and has been on the same diet as the older does (her mom and half-sister a year younger).  A month ago, I started withholding alfalfa pellets which I had been giving all of them morning and night.  So all she is getting is grass hay and browse with browse not being much in my yard though I do give them blackberry clippings and fir boughs after a wind storm.  She has never gotten grain except a tablespoon…See More
Thursday
Myra Isaac replied to Michael Garwood's discussion We have started....
"Very interesting indeed!! I don't know much about dwarf genetics but I do know from personal experience that NDs look pretty much identical to the goat herds I was familiar with in Africa. Altho they didn't breed for milk like we do here.…"
Wednesday
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Michael Garwood's discussion We have started....
"Oh, my goodness! That dwarfism argument is interesting! I do have a little extra insight on this because we had Irish dexter cattle for about 10 years. There are dwarf Irish dexters and some that are not dwarfs, and the difference is not in their…"
Wednesday
 

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Where to advertize

Started by Dawn Kenneda in For Sale. Last reply by Rose Stuart yesterday. 3 Replies

For the first time, I haven't been able to sell my goats, word of mouth.  So where do you advertise to sell your prize bucks and does?  I tried my local paper with no luck.  I have also tried Craigslist, and my Facebook classified page.  Anyone have…Continue

Questions about Goat Pens

Started by Emily Puentes in Goats 101. Last reply by Marin Waddell yesterday. 7 Replies

We live on just over an acre in NE Florida. Here is a little bit of info to start with.We currently have two pens set up for our goats, one is 1/4 acre and the other is 1/2 acre.We currently have 4 young does and 1 whether.  The grass is excellent,…Continue

Overweight issues

Started by Glenna Rose in Health. Last reply by Astrud F. Wheeles yesterday. 5 Replies

Okay, I am at wits end with my two-year-old (and first born here).  She is very overweight and has been on the same diet as the older does (her mom and half-sister a year younger).  A month ago, I started withholding alfalfa pellets which I had been…Continue

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We have started....

Started by Michael Garwood in Goat Friends. Last reply by Myra Isaac on Wednesday. 11 Replies

Well, we are on the way: the first nigerians in Australia....We cycled 21 does for surrogate work, but on the day, only 16 were ready and "willing." Sixteen embryos were implanted. We only did one per doe (I had thought to do 2 embryos per doe) but…Continue

Hello from NC

Started by Faith Foster in Introductions. Last reply by Myra Isaac on Wednesday. 24 Replies

I just wanted to introduce myself and say how very glad I am I found this site. I was sitting on the back porch one day and told my husband, its such a shame to have land and no animals, I would love to have some goats. He replied what kind do you…Continue

Milk Replacer

Started by Sophia A. Heimberg in Kidding. Last reply by Beverley Sieminski on Wednesday. 16 Replies

I want to be ready for anything, so if I end up having to bottle feed the kids, what is the best milk/milk replacer to give the kids, if regular goat milk is not available. Continue

Hello, I'd like to introduce myself

Started by Sarah Boussuge in Introductions. Last reply by Myra Isaac on Wednesday. 9 Replies

Hello,My name is Sarah Boussuge. I live outside Cheyenne, Wyoming. I have 9 Nigerian Dwarf goats. They are used as milkers, breeders, show animals and most importantly, my babies!!! Here are the  girls names in order of age: Abby, Savannah, Chelsea,…Continue

Selenium Deficiency in Northern California

Started by Sophia A. Heimberg in Health. Last reply by Deborah Niemann-Boehle on Tuesday. 7 Replies

I heard that where I live their is a Selenium deficiency. I heard this from  someone that has horses. I was just wondering if the commercial mineral I buy is enough, they seem to be healthy, I just wanted to make sure. Can I just do it as a…Continue

When is a buck generally able to mount and successfully mate

Started by Sarah Boussuge in Breeding. Last reply by Sarah Boussuge on Monday. 4 Replies

I have two bucklings. One born June 19, 2014 and the other born May 11, 2014. And I was wondering if one or both of them will be able to successfully impregnate my does???? If not, when will they be able to mate????  Continue

Tags: mating, breeding

Opinions on my doeling

Started by Katie Spring in Showing. Last reply by Katie Spring on Monday. 2 Replies

What are your opinions on my doeling? Good and bad. She's about 5 months old. I know the pictures are not the greatest ( Its very difficult to take good pictures by yourself lol) I'm still fairly new to goats and still have a hard time judging…Continue

Tags: Critique

Blog Posts

Looking for stud service

Posted by Audrey on August 21, 2014 at 6:42pm 1 Comment

Looking for stud service in January for healthy young doe. Promised land related buck in central n.c.

I have a question about milk production please help me..

Posted by Kara Agoston on August 10, 2014 at 10:51am 8 Comments

Hi I am posting not knowing if this is the right way to do it as it's my first time posting. My question is that I am milking for the first time and I have a first freshener and I have only been milking her in the morning. I take the two doelings away from Mom at night as I have a stall separator that allows them to be beside mom but separate. I only milk her in the am and return her to her babies for the whole day. I noticed the amount I have been getting from her is decreasing. Should I be…

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Re-growth after disbudding

Posted by Ralph Paterno on June 12, 2014 at 3:59pm 3 Comments

We have an 8 week old buckling who we neutered this morning using a Ritchey Nipper!  It went smoothly relatively speaking.  About a week ago though I noticed a different issue - a scur coming up.  Now they are in 3 places, about 1/2 inch tall and pretty thin (so they are kind of sharp).  What should I do?  I'm concerned about him hurting someone else when headbutting.  Do I have him re-burned by the vet? (I'm doing the burning next year)!   cut them myself somehow (how?)?  Any ideas.…

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Cutting back

Posted by Lyn Adams on June 10, 2014 at 9:47am 1 Comment

Recently a friend asked how much I feed my goats and how often. Well as of Monday I have cut back from twice a day to only am feeding. They have all the second cut they want and fresh water, minerals and baking soda . We built a 3 sided shelter for them as well, I now lock them out of the barn durning the day. This really will help to keep the barn cleaner longer. Hope this doesn't sound cruel . Curious to know what other people do.

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