Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goats

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Deborah Niemann-Boehle
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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Susan Peach's discussion Hay - free choice or ration?
"Gotcha! Sounds like goat feed here. And I agree with Rachel that free choice is fine for hay."
15 hours ago
Deborah Niemann-Boehle commented on Freddy wright's blog post milk
"Hi Freddy! The best thing for a goat is goat's milk, but if you don't have any, you can use goat milk replacer or cow's milk from the store. When you have a question like this, it's best to post in the "Forum."…"
19 hours ago
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Susan Peach's discussion Hello from BC
"Welcome to the group! Great to have another person from Canada!"
19 hours ago
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Susan Peach's discussion Hay - free choice or ration?
"What is goat text?"
19 hours ago
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Judy H's discussion Assistance needed on How to do fecals with microscope
"I can't remember where I bought the supplies, but if you search for "fecals" on here, you will find some old discussions on this exact topic. We originally "made do" with a syringe holder for flotation and made saline…"
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Glenna Rose's discussion Breeding memo practices
"There are "Doe Only" service memos that are given at the time of breeding, so the registry is actually the one that enforces it. They won't register a buck if you send in a "Doe Only" service memo. Both AGS and ADGA have…"
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Myra Isaac's discussion Drying off doe that has a problem with copper deficiency
"Morantel tartrate is the dewormer that is solid, so it's sold as a feed additive or as a feed. It's basically pellets. If you can get the feed additive, that's probably better because you can add it to their regular feed, so…"
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Glenna Rose's discussion Breeding memo practices
"I really couldn't say how common it is, but I'd guess that it isn't terribly common. However, I'm sure it is much more common with people who have high performing herds. Then again, most people with really high value goats…"
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Rachel Whetzel at MigMog Acres's discussion Pink Eye Q
"This is especially interesting to me since you were importing embryos. How were the herds tested? And I assume they were all asymptomatic? "
Oct 12
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Rosemary Petersen's discussion New to Nigerian Dwarfs...
"I'd wait to see how big they get before deciding whether to breed them to your fainter buck."
Oct 10
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Rosemary Petersen's discussion New to Nigerian Dwarfs...
"Welcome to the group! Checked out the pics of your goats, and oh my, they are cute!!! They are definitely not purebred Nigerians though. I googled "silky goats" and it appears to be a type of fainter. Maybe they are 50/50, which is why…"
Oct 10
Diane Kennedy replied to Deborah Niemann-Boehle's discussion Top dressing or bolusing COWP
"I mix it in with a few raisins. My goats would rob a bank to get raisins - they love them so much. The COWP sticks to the raisins and they clean it all up. "
Oct 10
Shana Henry replied to Deborah Niemann-Boehle's discussion Top dressing or bolusing COWP
"Awesome, thank you Deborah and Julia for your assurance and confirmation, AND for doing the research Deborah! I do love your book and have recommended to everyone who buys my kids. Have a great day"
Oct 9
Julia @Woody Glen Farm replied to Deborah Niemann-Boehle's discussion Top dressing or bolusing COWP
"Just open the caps and pour it on a SMALL amount of grain so they are licking it all up! Then as Deb said, you can check to see if they ate it all and can add a little more grain to get them to lick up the rest. I like the idea of putting a tiny bit…"
Oct 9
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Deborah Niemann-Boehle's discussion Top dressing or bolusing COWP
"That is correct that you can top-dress it on grain or peanut butter or whatever. I actually contacted Santa Cruz because they specifically state that it must be administered as a bolus, and I asked them if they had any research to back up that…"
Oct 8
Shana Henry replied to Deborah Niemann-Boehle's discussion Top dressing or bolusing COWP
"So Ive got my COWP, Ive never used it before, and had read I need to administer with a balling gun. It sounds like you are saying this is unnecessary and I can safely sprinkle it on their grain? DO i just open up the capsule and pour it on? Im sure…"
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Can goats balance their nutrient needs?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Julia @Woody Glen Farm Aug 28. 1 Reply

Can animals intuitively balance their diets? Earlier studies in this area said no, even though many organic and grassfed cattle producers have sworn by cafeteria-style minerals for a very long time.…Continue

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Using DE as a dewormer

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Here is an article that summarizes many of the studies done on the use of diatomaceous earth (DE) as a dewormer:…Continue

Tags: DE, parasites, worms

Week one weight gain

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People have asked about newborn weight gain in the past, and I've said multiple times that I want to keep track of a kids' weights at some point, but I never got around to it ... until now! Actually…Continue

Nutrients in weeds

Started this discussion. Last reply by Chaverah Farm Dec 4, 2013. 1 Reply

Next time a new member talks about ripping up the weeds in their pasture and planting grass, we need to point them to this study:…Continue

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At 7:42pm on September 27, 2014, M. K. said…

Rabbits are definately happier in a larger pen, although, my angoras never seemed particularly athletic.  Compared with other breeds, they sat around a lot.  I keep my rabbits in 4 foot by 8 foot wire pens set on the ground.   The walk-in pens look like little houses.  They  have tarps over the pitched roofs, and  wire floors.   The pens are all kept within the perimeter of a solar charged electronet fence for predator protection.  My charger and fence are from Premier. They are usually a good company to work with.

At 6:44pm on September 27, 2014, Myra Isaac said…
Thanks! Wow that's really sad! I recently got a Great Pyr LGD puppy to hopefully help with our predator issues. He comes from working bloodlines and both parents are guardian dogs as well as grandparents so hopefully he'll be up to the job. I want to build a hutch for my rabbits that has access to some dirt and grass. Completely enclosed with wire buried underneath it or else really deep around the edges. What did you use? I hate having her in that tiny cage even tho I know other people do it. It just seems So tiny and I don't want her to be miserable!
At 2:45pm on September 27, 2014, Myra Isaac said…
Thanks! My new girl was under the weather the other day and I was really worried about wool block. I'm making sure she has some good Timothy hay to much on if she wants now and she seems to be fine. What kind of cages or hutches did you use when you had them? I currently have a wire cage that I put a piece of ply wood in for her to sit on so it's not so hard on her feet. She really likes that board! What did you feed yours?
At 6:50pm on September 22, 2014, Myra Isaac said…
Hi Deborah, I recently purchased an angora rabbit for wool. I have your Homesteading book already but was wondering if you knew of a good Angora care/raising book? Seems like I can't find much online but I probably don't know where to look. Do you know of any good websites? I'd like to have a book with some in depth care/health info for angoras.
At 6:25pm on June 11, 2014, Dave Marschang said…

yeah I have a hell of a time on here knowing when someones replied to something

At 8:56pm on June 9, 2014, Dave Marschang said…

the lamancha doe is very gentle with ginny, and ginny actually seems to enjoy the attention. she appears to be a very gentle giant and even against the other lamancha does her threats seem pathetically gentle. and yes we do want a buck, I don't know that as beginners we need a $600 buck to start. your worst quality buck is 100 times better than the barnyard mutts we have around here so something on the cheaper side will work for us. what do you have available? you website gave me the impression all bucks were sold.


At 7:38pm on June 3, 2014, Dave Marschang said…

well a 6 yr old Lamancha has apparently taking a likin to Ginny, she follows her around pushing her across the stall with her head, then she will stick her head under Ginnys backend and lift her in the air. Not sure what any of that means but Ginny just stands there patiently and takes it. everyone is still doing good and Ginnys diarrhea appears to have gotten better. we have plenty of room at this farm for a buck and will be seriously looking to purchase one soon, not sure if you have any available or not but, will probably be calling soon.

At 10:00am on June 1, 2014, Dave Marschang said…

oh my god! Gertrude never shuts up! typical female......anyway thought I would let you know the girls are fitting in just fine, they get to meet the lamanchas today. Ginny has a little bit of diarrhea. we gave her probios yesterday so we will see what happens. while neither will take treats from us yet, Ginny is much more skittish than Gertrude so it makes sense to us that she would be the one with diarrhea. we don't think its anything to worry about yet.

At 8:01pm on May 17, 2014, Lyn Adams said…
Hey Deborah, I'd think your opinion on this, a member needs to find a home for her two withers. Do you think it would be a problem if I took them in, right now I have 4 , I was just concerned about them all being together . Can you help?
At 7:55pm on May 7, 2014, Dave Marschang said…

sorry deb just seen the message about reporting the spam to you, but cant find it anymore.

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