Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goats

for people who love the littlest dairy goats

Deborah Niemann-Boehle
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  • Cornell, IL
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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Jabe Thomas's discussion Penning pregnant does together
"Yes, that's fine. When we had our first three does, all due within a week of each other, we had them in a stall together, and it worked fine. Since goats are herd animals, they'd be freaked out if you separated them."
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Reed Carringer's discussion Copper Deficiency?
"Welcome! I think this is the first time I've ever heard of a goat eating a bolus like that. Some people hide them in marshmallows or bananas. I just open the capsules and sprinkle the COWP on a little grain. The featured video on my Facebook…"
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Judy H's discussion Trembling kid
"Glad he's doing well!"
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Judy H's discussion Trembling kid
"It's a balancing act. The shivering is somewhat worrisome, but you also don't want him to stay away from mom for too long. But if he's not nursing, you'll have to get milk into him with a bottle, which usually takes a ton of…"
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Rachelle Hough's discussion question about milk
"You would have to have a cream separator, which is a machine that you can buy through a few different places online. Most sources say that goat milk is naturally homogenized because it does NOT separate like cow milk. A little cream rises to the top…"
Mar 17
Deborah Niemann-Boehle left a comment for Dennis Tarsey
"Welcome to the group! How are your kids doing?"
Mar 17
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Judy Metcalf's discussion Specific mineral requirements for ND's
"Copper in feed should be 35 to 40 ppm, according to a researcher at Texas A&M I spoke with several years ago. In minerals, copper sulfate should be around 1500 ppm +/- 300 ppm. If you have sulfur, calcium, or iron in your well water, however,…"
Mar 17
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Tiffani Wilson's discussion Tiny weak kid
"Just now saw your post before last. We used to do exactly what you're doing, but the transition to goat life was usually too hard for us and the goat, so now I do my very best to get the kid back outside and with goats ASAP. They eventually…"
Mar 17
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Tiffani Wilson's discussion Tiny weak kid
"My daughter used to take bottle babies to church all the time. People loved it! Glad your little one is doing better."
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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Judy H's discussion Need source of Selenium/Vit E powder
"We just got some in December. I didn't even look for it on their website. I just looked for a dealer, emailed him, and told him I wanted the selenium-E supplement, and he ordered it for me."
Mar 11
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Maggie's discussion New kids
"Some of them take a couple of days to get their land legs. Sometimes they were bent funny while inside mom, but within a few days, they should be looking and acting normal."
Mar 10
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Jabe Thomas's discussion Bottle Baby Routines
"Goat milk is best. Beyond that, you'll hear people argue all day long about what to feed. We've used milk replacer, and we've used whole milk from the store, and we had equally OK results with both. Without mom's antibodies in…"
Mar 10
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Maggie's discussion Castration
"We've done both banding and burdizzo, as well as surgical. Here is an excerpt from my book, Raising Goats Naturally, on castration options:"
Mar 9
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Jason Crawford's discussion Where and how do you store your alfalfa and hay
"I love your use of the bunk bed. I bet the goats love being able to climb up there! Ditto on what Naomi said about the goats soiling the hay if they can walk on it. It's fine to leave some in a hay feeder in the evening."
Mar 9
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Rachelle Hough's discussion Hello
"I tried three of the most popular herbal dewormers and none of them worked when a goat had a a heavy case of worms. I personally use wormwood that I grow on my farm when one of my goats has a problem. I originally was buying wormwood, but it worked…"
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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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