Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goats

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Working Goats

A place for people who have workings goats, as well as for people who'd like to begin training!!

Members: 45
Latest Activity: Apr 27, 2020


Welcome to the Working Goats Group! People wanted a site to learn, so I created this group. Below are a few bits of info to get you started! Also, be sure to check out the training forum, done in a weekly format!!

The book I use for training is "Training Your Goat To Pull A Cart" from Caprine Supply


Training Journal

Follow my training journal to learn even more!

Magazine Articles
I have written two articles for Ruminations magazine on this topic. Check out issue number 67 for equipment, and then 68 for training!

Harnesses are available from Hoegger Goat Supply. You can also make your own with the correct instructions or buy one harness and use it to pattern off of.

Making a Harness
Harness too expensive in this enconimic crisis? Say no more....check out this link I found on making one!

Ideal Gender?
Wethers are said to be ideal because males can pull twice thier own weight and they don't stink like bucks. However, don't rules out your does. They can only pull their own weight, but sometimes have a more working personality than the males!

Because you start out with collar training, kids can be trained as early as 6 weeks. However, that is not to say that any adult goat can't be trained. My goats were not trained until they were 2. My other doe was 3, and my little wether will also be trained as a two year old. As long as you are willing to put in the time, any goat can be trained at any age.

Important Rules
An important rule to remember is that you should NEVER drive a doe in milk. And always remember the weight rules: A mature, full grown (2-3yrs.) male can pull twice it's own weight and a mature, full grown (2-3 yrs.) female can pull it's own weight!

Thanks for stopping by!

Discussion Forum

Working Goats Blogging Series Now Online!

Started by Elyse Nicholson Oct 25, 2013. 0 Replies

Hey All!Just wanted to let everyone know I've been doing a series of guest-blog-posts on the Thrifty Homesteader (Deborah Niemann's site) on Working Goats. All the posts can be found here: Enjoy! -WG4Continue

Training Updates

Started by Elyse Nicholson Jun 9, 2011. 0 Replies

Hello! I have created a new collection of "journal entries" off to the left which documents my training this summer, as well as give insightful tips for your training. So, if you'd like to know how I do it, feel free to follow along. I'll be adding new pages as often as I can. But I also want to hear from you. Post here and tell us how your training is coming! I'd love to hear about it!Continue

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Comment by Elyse Nicholson on April 4, 2011 at 9:29am
Congrats! And welcome to the group! Working goats is a lot of fun ---- please let me know if you have any questions!
Comment by Kare on April 4, 2011 at 9:19am
I just got my first little wether, so my first step is completed =)  I'm excited!
Comment by Elyse Nicholson on December 1, 2009 at 10:01pm
Hey Thanks!!! I've been thinking about doing it for awhile --- finally got caught up in college classes, so I decided to spend the day here!! Quite fun!
Comment by Patricia Stewart on December 1, 2009 at 9:53pm
Nice job! This is really helpful.
Comment by Elyse Nicholson on December 1, 2009 at 8:47pm
Thanks Deborah!! And there is more to come!!
Comment by Deborah Niemann-Boehle on December 1, 2009 at 8:39pm
Wow! Love the new forums you created. You make it look so easy!
Comment by Donna M Rasmussen on October 27, 2009 at 8:41am my barn is big enough...LOL!!! I took um for a drive in my Jeep yesterday, they sure do like that...LOL
Comment by Elyse Nicholson on October 27, 2009 at 8:30am
Yes. Wethers will be biggest overall, then bucks, and then does. Does grow faster than wethers, but wethers are supposed to be bigger.
Comment by Donna M Rasmussen on October 27, 2009 at 8:08am
speaking of males/does/ any of them grow bigger in size than the others normally? My wethers are still pretty small just wondering if they'll be bigger than my daughters does or smaller? or the same size? Inquirying minds want to know..:) Thanks!

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