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 Hair loss around ears
"Did the hair loss just show up? Looks like she is losing her cashmere winter coat, so I'm wondering if this is just seasonal shedding, and she will look great in 2-3 weeks?"
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Melissa's discussion Preparing for bottle babies
"When we only had a few goats, we would get all of them accustomed to jumping up on the milk stand during pregnancy by giving them a handful of grain in the feed pan on there. That way they would happily jump up there after freshening. "
Mar 29
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Aaron White's discussion Doe with cough and fever
"It's been years since I used it because it's been years since I had a goat with a cough, but I'm pretty sure it's fine for pregnant does. As I recall you just put a drop on each nostril. It's Canada balsam, camphor, oil…"
Mar 29
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Barbara Jean Rondine's discussion Excessive butting
"Are they pregnant? Is the local hay alfalfa or grass? I'm afraid there's not much you can do about them fighting. Trying to get between fighting goats can wind up getting you injured. And you can't be with them 24/7, so that's a…"
Mar 26
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Melissa's discussion Preparing for bottle babies
"First I want to assure you that you probably won't have any bottle babies. Very few NDs reject their kids or die immediately after birth. Even if they have a c-section, which is < 1%, they can still nurse their kids. First fresheners rarely…"
Mar 26
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Melissa's discussion Hello!
"Welcome to the group! My daughters had so much fun with our goats. In fact, it's their fault that we wound up with so many! Then they grew up and left me with a couple dozen milkers! But it was a wonderful experience for them. And my youngest…"
Mar 26
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Barbara Jean Rondine's discussion Excessive butting
"It can be normal behavior. I have been amazed by how resilient kids can be in utero. I've been worried a few times about pregnant does being bullied, but it only caused a problem once. I had a doe go into labor at about day 136 or 137. The kids…"
Mar 23
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Trish's discussion doe kid disbudding
"Do you have the pygmy tip? If so, that's the problem. It's not big enough.  Do you turn the disbudding iron sideways so that you can burn the middle of the horn bud?  If this kid does NOT have a polled parent, there is no reason…"
Mar 19
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Madeline Novak's discussion Quintuplets - Yikes! How long do I have until they need supplemental milk?
"Forgot to mention this -- When a placenta takes more than a day to expel, the only concern is infection. Some people advocate starting the doe on penicillin. Others just check her temp regularly and watch for symptoms of infection before treating.…"
Mar 16
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Madeline Novak's discussion Quintuplets - Yikes! How long do I have until they need supplemental milk?
"Oh, my goodness! You had quite a night! If you have palpated (squeezed) Cypress's leg from foot to shoulder -- and I mean squeeze hard -- and she does not show any indication of it hurting in one particular spot, it's probably not a break…"
Mar 16
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Madeline Novak's discussion Quintuplets - Yikes! How long do I have until they need supplemental milk?
"For the first 24 hours they need colostrum. If you have some frozen, I would start now. If not, I would be weighing all five of them to be sure they are each getting as much as possible. Some will be more aggressive than others, and it is not always…"
Mar 11
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Maggie's discussion Extremely thin buck
"Dumor does not make a pelleted dewormer. Dumor medicated goat feed is a coccidiostat, which prevents coccidia. Adults don't normally have a problem with coccidia. Medicated feeds are really just useful for kids at weaning, which is when…"
Feb 20
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Maggie's discussion Extremely thin buck
"Other than a couple of diseases that you really don't want, it really sounds like worms. When you say he was dewormed, what do you mean? What dewormer was used? What strength? What was the dosage exactly? How often have you used that dewormer…"
Feb 20
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Maggie's discussion Fertility
"It does sound like it would be funny to watch! "
Feb 17
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Maggie's discussion Fertility
"Ambitious little guy!  If it makes you feel better ... a few years ago I was traveling for six weeks and when I got home I discovered that there was a 5-month-old and three 4-month-old bucks in with my does. In fact, I was in the pasture and…"
Feb 17
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Danny Villa's discussion Site hacked?
"I am so sorry! They have been suspended for spam, which means all of their content should have also been deleted."
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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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