Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goats

for people who love the littlest dairy goats

Deborah Niemann-Boehle
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Patty Meyer replied to Deborah Niemann-Boehle's discussion Week one weight gain
"Ginger's daughter, Johannah, kidded with triplets on Aprol 16.  Tonight they were exactly a week old when we weighed them. Birth               one week              …"
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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Maggie's discussion Lactation and ovulation
"Most people castrate at about two months of age for that reason."
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Maggie's discussion Lactation and ovulation
"There is no simple answer because it varies. I don't see my does in heat when they are nursing kids under 6 months, but it's also usually spring and summer then, and goats don't normally come into heat during that time anyway (unless…"
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Theresa B's discussion Milk Production Expectations
"That's great!"
Patty Meyer replied to Deborah Niemann-Boehle's discussion Week one weight gain
"I thought I'd add another example since I've had to keep careful track of a couple sets of kids.  This doe's daughter, a first freshener who is going to be 2 in July, kidded on April 16.  I will add her triplets week one…"
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Patty Meyer's discussion Triplets!
"Congratulations! Your story is amazing because that's almost exactly what happened here today. The only difference is that the doe never made a single sound -- nothing, nada, zilch! I suddenly heard a kid screaming over the monitor. It sounded…"
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Daniella Lake's discussion Ligaments Gone for 23 hours
"Congratulations! What cute kids! Love those does that make it look so easy."
Apr 17
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to GettingKids's discussion Newbie GettingKids
"Scrubby brush and hillside sound perfect for goats!"
Apr 17
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Daniella Lake's discussion Ligaments Gone for 23 hours
"Here is a picture of a doe whose belly had dropped, which usually happens before they go into labor: (More info in comments under photo) Here is a picture of what I meant when I…"
Apr 17
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Daniella Lake's discussion Ligaments Gone for 23 hours
"A goat in labor is getting up, laying down repeatedly, as in every minute or two; or she's screaming with her ears laid back; or she's laying down and pushing her hind legs WAY out; or she's nesting. What you've described are not…"
Apr 17
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Daniella Lake's discussion Ligaments Gone for 23 hours
"Losing ligaments is way over-rated, and it is much harder than most people realize. It took us about five years to get good at it. The ligaments actually sink deeper and move farther out from the spine, so those people who say the ligaments are gone…"
Apr 17
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to GettingKids's discussion Newbie GettingKids
"Welcome to the group! Goats are not exactly lawn mowers, as they're browsers. They will eat grass, but they'd prefer rose bushes. :) Sounds like you're excited about the pet aspect of goat ownership, and they're certainly…"
Apr 11
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Judy H's discussion Evaluating Buckling
"With parents who have LA scores like that, he's probably a pretty nice kid. Figuring out the topline isn't that hard. It really is just as simple as I explained it above. I'm sure you know what level or flat is. What you do NOT want…"
Apr 11
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Daniella Lake's discussion Goat Day 142 question
"It's not exactly what I'd call normal, but it's not a full blown prolapse either. I've seen pictures of those, and believe me, if you see it, you won't be asking us if it's prolapsed. It looks really scary. We've…"
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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Judy H's discussion Evaluating Buckling
"The ultimate value of a buck is in the daughters he throws. Since you don't have a crystal ball, the best you can do is look at his mother and his sire's mother. Are they excellent milkers with good mammary systems? If the parents have LA…"
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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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