Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goats

for people who love the littlest dairy goats

Deborah Niemann-Boehle
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Deborah Niemann-Boehle left a comment for Deena Dunham
"Welcome to the group! Hope you'll take a moment to introduce yourself and your goats in the forum!"
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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Glenna Rose's discussion Our Australian Friends
"I heard from Michael Garwood privately that they are okay and so are their goats! "
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"It would be better if you posted a question in the forum rather than in the personal conversation space because it's very hard to follow this format. Click on the "Forum" button above and then click to start a new discussion. There…"
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"Deborah, My goats are not coming into heat,  neither yearlings. Anything I can do to start a heat? Their mother has just had a short heat last month"
Jan 6
Deborah Niemann-Boehle left a comment for Holly
"Hi Holly! Welcome to the group! I'm so sorry you lost your first kids. They may have died from hypothermia, which is very common when kids are born unattended when it's cold out. They could have also died from suffocation if the bag did…"
Dec 24, 2019
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Maggie's discussion Udder Development
"OK -- I understand your question now. Most people ask that question because they have a doe that they think is past due and she has no udder.  I don't think I've really felt for an udder any earlier than six weeks prior to due date,…"
Dec 7, 2019
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Maggie's discussion Udder Development
"Maybe one out of 100 will fill up around the time they freshen. However, you should feel something at least a couple of weeks before they kid. I never say anything is impossible, but if if her udder area is flat as a pancake, she wouldn't…"
Dec 6, 2019
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Driver's discussion 5000 sqft pen
"It would probably be better to split it into three or four pens. You want them to stay out of each pen for at least a month, but six weeks would be better. If it's raining a lot, that allows the larvae to survive longer on the pasture, so they…"
Nov 22, 2019
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Shirlene's discussion Hello
"Years ago when we started to have a few too many kids and didn't give them enough attention, we got a crash course in this subject! I'd suggest putting them in the smallest space you have in your barn. Our smallest stalls back then were 10…"
Nov 22, 2019
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Driver's discussion 5000 sqft pen
"Here's a post that someone did a few years ago about how she did rotational grazing with four livestock panels and four goats. And she has photos, which are super helpful in this case."
Nov 21, 2019
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Driver's discussion 5000 sqft pen
"Welcome to the group! It's great to have you here. A pen that is about 70 x 70 is fine if it is part of a rotational grazing pattern, but if you put them in a pen that size and leave there, they will eat down the grass fairly quickly. Once the…"
Nov 21, 2019
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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Shirlene's discussion Hello
"Welcome to the group! Ning totally failed in emailing that you'd posted, so I'm just now seeing this. How old are your does?  I realize that you probably picked them up last Friday. We love photos on here! How is it going?"
Nov 19, 2019
Deborah Niemann-Boehle left a comment for Driver
"Welcome to the group! I hope you'll introduce yourself and tell us about your goats or your plans for goats! "
Nov 19, 2019
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Amalia Young's discussion Lost back teeth
"Interesting thought! Well, if you figure out who is missing those teeth, and you see massive swelling on their cheek within the next few months, you'll know why. At least that's what happened with my son. He woke up one morning and his…"
Nov 6, 2019
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Heather L's discussion Chronic cough
"You're welcome! A vet professor told me many years ago that she had a hard time getting too excited about a goat if it was still eating, drinking, chewing its cud, and walking around. So, that's usually in the back of my mind when I see my…"
Nov 6, 2019

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At 5:31pm on January 6, 2020, Barbara Jean Rondine said…


My goats are not coming into heat,  neither yearlings. Anything I can do to start a heat? Their mother has just had a short heat last month

At 8:58pm on November 25, 2018, Barbara Jean Rondine said…

Another concern is that the mom has developed bumps,  like hives,  on the right side of her udder. She still milks nicely and is eating well.  I walk them in the snow and wonder if this could be an irritant,  but why on half of the udder? The twins are separated from her at night and then i milk the next morning and the kids are with her during the day.  Any ideas here?  We're pretty much without a goat vet here in Fairbanks,  AK.         Thanks,  Barb Rondine

At 8:51pm on November 25, 2018, Barbara Jean Rondine said…


Remember the quints born this summer ? I kept the two doelings and they are 6 months old now. For the past two weeks, or so, one of them has started mounting and vocalizing and nipping at the others and pesters them almost all the time.  She developed a beard and shaggy eyebrows by four months and is very dominant.

  1. Her mother is polled, as is she, and her father is horned. Any ideas to stop this behavior?  Thanks,  Barb Rondine
At 7:31pm on November 25, 2018, Barbara Jean Rondine said…
I've got problems with my kid and mom but can't figure out how to get to the forum page and you. Thanks for the info,
Barbara Rondine
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

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