Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goats

for people who love the littlest dairy goats

Deborah Niemann-Boehle
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  • Cornell, IL
  • United States
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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Robin Martin's discussion Double heat cycle = ? Due date
"It's amazing how goats' ligaments change differently. One goat will have soft ligaments for two weeks while another had them as firm as concrete until 24 hours before she kids!  Good luck!"
13 hours ago
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Robin Martin's discussion Possible preterm delivery
"Congratulations! I'm so glad she held out to 144!"
14 hours ago
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Robin Martin's discussion Double heat cycle = ? Due date
"Most of the time when that happens, the second due date is the correct one. HOWEVER ... the way Murphy's Law of Goats works is that if you ignore that first due date, they'll surprise you with kids. So, I always write down all due dates…"
14 hours ago
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Naomi D'Andrea's discussion Just a funny milking question
"Goats give more milk to their babies because they love their babies, which triggers oxytocin release, which is why babies will always get more than any human milker. However, I'm not aware of any similar research done comparing human…"
14 hours ago
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Leslie A Barstow's discussion Newbie -extra new newbie
"The seller should have given you an application for registration. They can be registered in whatever registry their parents were registered in. They will have the herd name of the breeder in their name. When you breed goats, those kids will have…"
14 hours ago
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Sally Knight's discussion Hair Loss
"If she is eating alfalfa, just switch her to a grass hay."
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Joe Berryhill's discussion Question about kidding and separating
"They'll probably be fine together throughout everything, assuming he is not always beating up on her. They are herd animals, so they should not be alone -- as the goats have told you when you tried to separate them. "
Apr 12
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Faith Foster's discussion Breeding polled to polled
"Yeah, that sounds like what happened. I'm glad the info was helpful to you!"
Apr 10
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Judy H's discussion Need source of Selenium/Vit E powder
"It would be unusual to have a zinc deficiency with the Magnum Milk since it is low in calcium. It will be interesting to see how they respond when you switch back to grass hay."
Apr 9
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Sally Knight's discussion Hair Loss
"Yeah, that sounds more like zinc deficiency. Is she eating a diet of mostly alfalfa?"
Apr 9
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Faith Foster's discussion Breeding polled to polled
"There were studies done in the 1940s through the 1960s that showed a fairly high rate of hermaphrodites when polled goats were bred to polled goats. The 1963 study, which included more than 1000 Saanens resulted in 25% intersex when a homozygous…"
Apr 9
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Sally Knight's discussion Hair Loss
"Since there is another similar thread, I just thought I should clarify ... When I read that she was losing hair in large clumps, I assumed that meant there were large patches of bare skin. Is that the case?"
Apr 7
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Judy H's discussion Need source of Selenium/Vit E powder
"Which Sweetlix are you using? Meat Maker or Magnum Milk? Those names confuse a lot of people. Meat Maker is actually best for most goats because it has 2 to 1 calcium to phosphorus ratio, whereas Magnum Milk has 1 to 1. It is for goats eating a diet…"
Apr 6
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Kelsey A Klapperick's discussion goat shedding
"I just realized I didn't explain the injectable thoroughly. It stays in their system for months at a very low level. So, it's not enough to kill worms. The worms are being exposed to a very small amount of the dewormer, which allows them…"
Apr 6
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Judy H's discussion Need source of Selenium/Vit E powder
"I usually have about 20 milkers, so I just filled up the mineral feeder about half full. It's the black one pictured in the Amazon ad on the right. They take a fairly long time to go through it -- unless I run out of the Sweetlix. Then the…"
Apr 5
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Sally Knight's discussion Hair Loss
"I'm so sorry to hear that your friend was waiting to get approved. I have someone who helps me with the group by approving new members so that I just have to respond to questions. But if I knew someone had an urgent issue, I could easily…"
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At 1:35pm on November 3, 2016, Akinwale Atepe said…
Hello, Am Akinwale from Nigeria, we are planning on organizing an enlightenment program and training seminar on the first ever dairy goat farming in Nigeria. I wish to request for your partnership in terms of technical support since one of our choice animal is the Nigeria Dwarf Goat. We are expecting more than 200 prospective farmers to participate in the program. Hoping to hear from you soonest.
At 5:32pm on May 12, 2016, Curtis said…
Figure I'd give you an update on my doe. I've been using Solgar Chelated Zinc Tablets for almost 2 weeks and it seems to have made very fast difference in her hair and skin. Crust is gone! I've been dosing one 22mg tablet a day in milk stand feed. Though I was doing Eprinex pour-on before, that only seemed to work so much. I feel Zinc deficiency can be precursor to allow a mite attack and/or mimic it in ways. A lady I purchased a buck from had a doe with same condition for two winters we both had in our doe. She started using Zinpro Pro Care and saw great improvement.
This should be a help for future goat people looking for help and answers!
At 12:37pm on March 2, 2016, Curtis said…
Thanks Deborah for the fast response! I concur with your thoughts on it being mites. I've picked up the Eprinex pour-on today and was planning on doing it tomorrow. Wondering what exactly you did to your girl. I was was going to do around 3ml down her back. How fast did you see results?

Few notes have your girls experience this before or recur in the same doe? Did her milk also cut back from symptoms of mites?
At 12:09pm on February 9, 2016, Pam Honken said…

Hi Deborah, I'm the new member going to see my vet today. I seem to have two accounts on The Goat Spot. I signed up in October 2015 but when I revisited the site a few days ago I was informed that I didn't have an account and needed to sign up (again). How do I delete the first account I set up in October??


At 4:43pm on December 31, 2015, Jeremy Engel said…

Thanks Deborah!

I just found out yesterday that Nigerian Dwarf's made it to our shores, which I'm really excited about, so I'm here to learn everything I can before I get started.
 Thank you for making this place, its awesome.

Happy new year :)


At 3:44pm on December 21, 2015, Marin Waddell said…
Hi Deborah,
Just thought I'd let you know that we've decided to close our cheese business. In fact we're selling the goats and our farm. We're all healthy and fine, but we realized it wasn't something we were going to continue with.
We'd always planned for my husband to work less and less in the city and more and more on the farm, but his career took off in a way we never expected. Plus we had 3 kids in 4 years (now 6, 3 & 2) meaning I wasn't able to help out very much. We had a couple of employees, but really, we needed someone to run much of the farm side of things and that wasn't something we could afford to pay for. When our employee this year quit for a non-seasonal job and my husband returned to the twice a day milkings he found himself starting to doze off on his commute. We realized we had to choose between his career (which he really enjoys) and the cheese business. His career won. And then we decided that we don't want this whole farm with an hour commute to the city if we don't have a business.
We'll be moving into the city late winter. The plan is to be there for a couple of years to regroup and then we'll likely end up on an acreage possibly with a goat or two and some chickens.
It's a sucky decision, but at no point have we felt it was the wrong one. There were certainly a lot of tears as we said goodbye to favourite customers and certain goats.
I really appreciated this website as we were getting going, although I haven't been on it much in the past couple of years. Thank-you for all the information that you provided through it.

Marin Waddell
At 7:15am on December 8, 2015, Jenny Mansheim said…

Dear Deborah,

I just purchased and read your new book titled, "Just Kidding". I have to say, as I read your book, tears streamed down my face as I remembered all of the times I too have had uncommon births, other goat related problems or deaths.  

Your honesty about your emotions, your second guessing your self, talking to your self, wondering if you should have done any thing differently, feeling guilty, wanting to get rid of your animals to save your self heartache in the future, all these things hit home with me. I have had goats since 2007 and I can relate to all of those feelings. 

I find it comforting to know that others share the same emotions, thoughts and feelings. and that I am not alone in my thought process or how I have felt in times of a crisis.  I have never had any goat mentors or goat friends who lived close, but I have been severely blessed to find an awesome vet office who has two female vets who are two of the best vets I have had the pleasure of taking my animals too.  Every time I bring an animal their they are so encouraging, uplifting and reassuring of my care for my animals.  Having someone in a time of crisis or having someone to talk to is such a great help when it comes to animal care.  Sometimes we all need a sounding board or just reassurance that we have done all we know to do. 

Thank you for your new book. It was an honor to read.  I an grateful for your honesty, insight and willingness to sit down and take the time to write so that others can be blessed by your experiences and words. Thank you.

At 9:25pm on November 11, 2015, Ann Fuller said…

Well, I can't find the link to the webinar.  So I wasn't able to get it. So sorry I missed it.


Ann Fuller

At 9:12pm on November 11, 2015, Ann Fuller said…

Hello Deborah,   The webinar has been on for 11 minutes and I'm having trouble getting in.  I did pay and received my link to the webinar and left it on the screen and then my computer froze and I cannot find the link to the webinar anymore.  I know you are running the webinar now, but I would appreciate some help if you have someone who could send me the link again.  Thank you

Ann Fuller

At 4:33pm on November 11, 2015, Ann Fuller said…

I'm definitely attending, but can't figure out how I pay.  I've clicked around on everything and can't find a place to make my payment.

Ann Fuller

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