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 Lil's discussion Should I take my goats when/if I move?
"I have never moved with goats, but people who show their goats take them all over the country. People who show at the national ADGA show, for example, may drive 3000 miles for a goat show. And I know people who do big circuits of shows where they…"
Sep 16
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Lil's discussion Which pregnancy test should I use?
"Let us know if you use the P-test and what you think. Even though I've had mine for a few years, the expiration date is 7/21, so I still have time to try them. I need to make a solid effort to get out there with a stack of dixie cups this fall…"
Sep 16
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Glenna Rose's discussion Evacuation Information
"Thanks so much for sharing that info! Here is another organization that works to help evacuate livestock:"
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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Glenna Rose's discussion Near forest fires and/or smoke?
"Interesting! I'd love to hear if others are experiencing the same thing!"
Sep 14
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Lil's discussion Which pregnancy test should I use?
"I've used the blood test quite a bit and had great results. I have not used the P-test, but I have had some people tell me that it gave them false positives. I bought the P-test when I first heard it was available, but actually going out there…"
Sep 13
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Heather L's discussion Overdue. Should I be doing something?
"Yay!!! This is SO exciting! I'm so happy for you and your goats! Looking forward to seeing baby pictures next spring!"
Sep 5
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Maggie's discussion Listeria
"We keep our hay on pallets and even then, we have to be very careful with the bottom bales. We wind up throwing quite a few into the compost pile. Our barn floor is concrete, which is not great. "
Aug 30
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Maggie's discussion Listeria
"Symptoms of the two are very similar, so diagnosis is usually made based upon other things. Based on what you've said about your hay, it sounds like that's your problem. Do you have the hay sitting directly on the ground or on…"
Aug 30
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Maggie's discussion Listeria
"We had a case of listeriosis about 16 years ago, and we had a goat with meningeal worm that temporarily misdiagnosed with listeriosis about five years ago.  Listeriosis is usually caused by feed. Haylage or silage is usually the culprit, but it…"
Aug 29
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to GINGER K BRAUN's discussion Kids with big bellies
"Congratulations! She looks great! What a beauty! "
Aug 23
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Naomi D'Andrea's discussion Mesh Hay Feeder
"Love those hay feeders! They look great! "
Aug 21
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Naomi D'Andrea's discussion Mesh Hay Feeder
"If you're signed up for the kidding course, you can see them multiple times in the videos because they're in the kidding barn, and I think I talk about them when doing the kidding barn tour early on. Unfortunately I couldn't find any…"
Aug 10
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Naomi D'Andrea's discussion Mesh Hay Feeder
"If a goat's head or hooves can fit through the mesh, it will, and at some point you will wind up with a broken leg or broken neck. It's just what goats do. I've had three kids hang themselves in a horse hay feeder that had V-shaped…"
Aug 6
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Winding River Farm (Bev)'s discussion Hello from Lorane, Oregon
"Welcome back! I remember you. Sounds like things are going good for you. Your goats look great! We also create log climbing places for our goats. They love it so much. "
Aug 6
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Kiley Tomjack's discussion We only want to keep 2 or 3 goats . .
"If I could sell kids for $1000 each, I'd be breeding my goats every year. That's why big breeders do not keep milking beyond a year. The money for them is in selling kids. There is no financial incentive for them to do extended lactations.…"
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Goats Giving Birth -- my sixth book

Started this discussion. Last reply by Lil Jun 15. 1 Reply

I just wanted to let everyone know that my sixth book, Goats Giving Birth, is now available. And I also have a new…Continue

Introducing my newest online course! And it's FREE!

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Did you know that what you do now can have a big impact on your kidding success in the spring? Mineral deficiencies, not recognizing the signs of a doe in heat, and holding a doe for breeding can all…Continue

Second edition of Raising Goats Naturally now available!

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Hi everyone!I just wanted to let you know that the second edition of Raising Goats Naturally is now hot off the press. It's available through my website at a discount until the end of the month, and…Continue

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I'll include a FREE copy of my book Ecothrifty: Cheaper, Greener Choices for a Happier, Healthier Life when you buy a copy of any of my…Continue

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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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