Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goats

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Rachel Griebenow replied to Rachel Griebenow's discussion How do you all do marketing?
"I'm sort of there too. I would love to show just for the enjoyment of it, but there's no way I could afford to travel far enough to get to a show. There's nothing around here. I want to get into milk testing, but even that seems to be…"
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Rachel Griebenow replied to Rachel Griebenow's discussion How do you all do marketing?
"Ok...let me see if I understand correctly. That is something I have been wondering about but I haven't been able to figure it out. So having your key words in there would look like (for example): "NigerianDwarfGoatsInTennessee"? And…"
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Diane Kennedy replied to Julieanne Cook's discussion Milking stools
"My very fancy and fashionable milk stool is a heavy plastic milk crate turned on its side. I've always kind of wanted a lovely antique wooden milk stool, but haven't found one the right height or sturdiness (I was skinny before I started…"
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Diane Kennedy replied to Julieanne Cook's discussion Milking Through?
"I'm glad to see this post, because I have a doe who freshened in July of 2013 with twin bucklings and is still producing pretty well (about a quart a day). In fact, I haven't been able to dry her off! I went to milking only once per day in…"
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Julieanne Cook replied to Julieanne Cook's discussion Milking Through?
"Well, I'm new so I didn't know it wasn't new. The woman made it sound that way. I just found the practice to be quite interesting. "
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Elaine Caton, Madeline and Iris replied to Elaine Caton, Madeline and Iris's discussion FF Quads
"Okay, thanks, I'll keep at it. Yes, it was definitely accidental (our 5-month-old buck got to her before we had him wethered, although we thought we separated him in time).  I was hoping for twins or triplets at least! And he was from…"
16 hours ago
Kathie Branam replied to Kathie Branam's discussion New To Goats. second time freshener acting strange, Can she be going into labor?
"Yes it is! I am finding much like horses, but still slightly different. I have sat with her for 3 or 4 hours a day the last week and will continue to do so as long as it isn't going to stop labor and cause trouble! Thank you so much!"
18 hours ago
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Julieanne Cook's discussion Milking Through?
"I thought of a couple more things to add ... one thing I don't like about milking through is that it is so NOT stressful on the doe's body that they usually get a little overweight, and then it usually takes multiple heat cycles and…"
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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Kathie Branam's discussion New To Goats. second time freshener acting strange, Can she be going into labor?
"Big Goo is usually a good sign that she is actually going to give birth within the next few hours. Going into the stall with her is probably not enough of a stress to stop her labor, and usually, it's not stopped forever. The only thing that…"
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Kathie Branam replied to Kathie Branam's discussion New To Goats. second time freshener acting strange, Can she be going into labor?
"Thank you so much for your reply. I have read that if a doe is nervous, she can stop her labor. To prevent this, what sign should I watch for to know when to go and sit with her? The "Big Goo"?"
19 hours ago
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Kathie Branam's discussion New To Goats. second time freshener acting strange, Can she be going into labor?
"I wouldn't necessarily say she is in labor, but she is getting closer. When a doe isn't very friendly, I just go in there and sit down on the straw, and she can come up to me as much or as little as she wants. When the kids are born, I…"
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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Julieanne Cook's discussion Milking Through?
"It's not a new concept at all. We milk through here. I have one doe that's been in milk now for two years, and I had another one that finished a two year lactation last year. I've had some others than milked for a year and a half,…"
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Milking Through?

Yesterday I took a tour of a Grade A dairy goat operation called Round Mountain Creamery. It was fascinating, and the owner was full of knowledge, although she has full-size goats. She told me about a new concept introduced by Australian goat keeper by the name of Pat Coleby. Apparently the gist of it is that you don't dry your does off every year, you just keep milking them through the winter even though you just get a small yield. When spring comes, the doe's production goes back up again…See More
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New To Goats. second time freshener acting strange, Can she be going into labor?

Hi all,I could really use some help. I purchased a pregnant doe and a doeling from a 4-her who went to college. She had put this doe with a buck before she realized that she couldn't take them to college, and took her out. When I agreed to purchase her, back in with the buck she went, so possible due date? Who knows, she could have been covered anytime from Sept 1st to Oct 15th! That leaves a long window. No one ever saw the buck mount her, but LORD SHE IS PREGNANT! she is huge and you could…See More
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Rachel Payne replied to Rachel Payne's discussion How Old is TOO Old to be a FF?
"How strange! I thought there would be a possibility to increase the risk of kidding complications, but I would not have expected mastitis to be connected to age at first freshening. That's definitely not a risk I want to take. She will just be…"
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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Rachel Payne's discussion How Old is TOO Old to be a FF?
"I wouldn't breed her. The oldest I've ever heard of people breeding is for the doe to kid at age 4. I did that once, and it didn't work out well. The doe wound up with raging mastitis the first time I separated her from her kids at…"
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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Elaine Caton, Madeline and Iris's discussion FF Quads
"That's completely normal. A bottle is not natural for them, so you have to teach them. You basically have to pry open their mouth, stick the nipple in there and hold their mouth shut until they learn. In the beginning you might just be waiting…"
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How do you all do marketing?

Started by Rachel Griebenow in Goats 101. Last reply by Rachel Griebenow 1 hour ago. 27 Replies

For those of you who sell kids for breeding stock or milking - talking registered goats and not just yard pets - what are ways you go about finding the best homes possible?Up to now, Craigslist has been the only option for us in our location, and we…Continue

Milking stools

Started by Julieanne Cook in Goats 101. Last reply by Diane Kennedy 1 hour ago. 4 Replies

It's getting to be about time that I think about purchasing milking equipment. I think I've found what I need for buckets, strip cup, etc., but I'm not at all sure what would be the best milking stool to have. Does anyone have any…Continue

Milking Through?

Started by Julieanne Cook in Home Dairy. Last reply by Diane Kennedy 1 hour ago. 4 Replies

Yesterday I took a tour of a Grade A dairy goat operation called Round Mountain Creamery. It was fascinating, and the owner was full of knowledge, although she has full-size goats. She told me about a new concept introduced by Australian goat keeper…Continue

FF Quads

Started by Elaine Caton, Madeline and Iris in Birth Announcements!. Last reply by Elaine Caton, Madeline and Iris 16 hours ago. 8 Replies

Our FF doe had quads 5 days ago--only our second batch of kids ever, so quite exciting!  She's a little doe and the sire is half la Mancha, so I was worried ahead of time about the birth, but all went really well.  The littlest one was breech but…Continue

New To Goats. second time freshener acting strange, Can she be going into labor?

Started by Kathie Branam in Kidding. Last reply by Kathie Branam 18 hours ago. 4 Replies

Hi all,I could really use some help. I purchased a pregnant doe and a doeling from a 4-her who went to college. She had put this doe with a buck before she realized that she couldn't take them to college, and took her out. When I agreed to purchase…Continue

How Old is TOO Old to be a FF?

Started by Rachel Payne in Breeding. Last reply by Rachel Payne 20 hours ago. 2 Replies

To make a long story short (which I am not particularly good at...haha) I have a doe who is now six years old and has not freshened yet.There are a few reasons for this:First, when I originally purchased her, she couldn't be bred to my buck. I don't…Continue

Nigerian babies and adults in SW Oregon, good quality

Started by Karen in For Sale yesterday. 0 Replies

Show, milk, pets and moreI just updated the web site. It does not have a complete list of who is for sale, but many of them are listed. Take a look at the pedigrees and some…Continue

Whole family cleaning 1st of quads

Started by Karen in Birth Announcements! yesterday. 0 Replies

ADGA Nigerian dwarf goat started kidding and others wanted to help. She had some nice kids.Cupcake has 1st of 4    You'll have to scroll down to see that…Continue

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Triplet Baby Pics

Started by Rachel Payne in Birth Announcements!. Last reply by Rachel Payne yesterday. 11 Replies

Our first kids of the year were born 1/13. We won't have more until May (that's a long story), but these are being bottle raised so I have my hands full anyway! Unfortunately, we lost their dam a few short days after she kidded to gangrene mastitis…Continue

mucous before kidding

Started by Deborah Niemann-Boehle in Kidding. Last reply by Deborah Niemann-Boehle yesterday. 11 Replies

I can't find the discussion where this came up before, but having so many goats kidding in rapid succession this year has been an interesting learning experience, as I've spent far more time in the barn than ever before, because on any given day,…Continue

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milk

Posted by Freddy wright on October 20, 2014 at 11:19am 1 Comment

Can a goat drink vitamin D milk ??

Registered Nigerian Doe For Sale

Posted by Little Branch Farms on October 6, 2014 at 11:37am 0 Comments

Deer Ridge Farm Sweet Pea is for sale. She kids easy. This is her 2nd time kidding. 1st time had a single buckling. This time had a doeling and buckling. Gives alot of milk. Does good on milking stand getting better each day. Has a nice full udder. We have been milking her she is in milk but is starting to dry up. Have been milking her once a day. Was still working on shaving her in picture so not…

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Dry dog food

Posted by Freddy wright on October 5, 2014 at 9:36am 2 Comments

For some reason my boat wants to eat dog food
But I don't let him
How bad is it for goats??

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.

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