Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goats

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Deborah Niemann-Boehle
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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Myra Isaac's discussion Help! Buck down, won't walk, drink, or hold up his head
"Having a buck sharing a fenceline with does (or other bucks) is not the same thing as a buck being alone. As you noticed, he does interact with the does. The down side to this scenario is that you may wind up with unexpected breedings, but at least…"
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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Kari O'Connor's discussion Hi , my name is kari
"Welcome to the group!"
50 minutes ago
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Jayne Johnson's discussion Looking for first doeling, hoping to eventually milk. Near Puyallup, WA
"Glenna made lots of great points. I think the reason Julia was confused by your original post was because sheep and goats do not make good companions. They do not speak the same language. They do not even fight the same. We have had our sheep and…"
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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Randi Leister's discussion Bald patch, scaly skin
"Yeah, that kind of looks like mites, but the only way to know for sure is to take her to the vet and have him do a skin scraping. Ivomec pour-on kills both mites and lice, but it takes about a week for the skin to start to look better if it's…"
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Jabe Thomas's discussion Help with milking process for first-timers
"Commercial dairies take all kids away from the mom at birth, milk the mom two times a day, and bottlefeed the kids. They do this because they are operating under the mistaken belief that they will make more money by doing so. They will be able to…"
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Jabe Thomas's discussion Help with milking process for first-timers
"You did not say when she freshened, but you really should not be separating her from triplets until they are two months old. Also, it is a bad idea to separate her from the kids during the day. Like people, goats prefer to sleep at night, so the…"
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Paul Spear's discussion milker
"Could you give us a little more info about your situation? Are you considering a purchase, or have you already bought it and have questions about how to use it? If so, what exactly do you need to know?"
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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Judy Asarkof's discussion Homeopathy in goats
"It is great that you know someone who is experienced with homeopathy in goats. The challenge with homeopathy really is finding someone knowledgeable. For anyone reading this who is not familiar with homeopathy, the remedy will vary from one animal…"
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Juliana Goodwin's discussion Quarantine question
"You do all three of the dewormers at the same time. Ideally she will not be on pasture. She will be in a pen with bedding that will be composted when she leaves. Second best would be on a dry lot. It would be best to put another goat with her to…"
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Amy Bell's discussion Clogged teat
"Looks like I am getting notification of messages out of order. I am traveling so do not have much time to check email either. Did the vet do a CMT or anything to determine the mastitis status? Doesn't sound like there was enough time to do a…"
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Amy Bell's discussion Clogged teat
"It looks like the first post is from August. Is Ning having a nervous breakdown, or did this doe just freshen again? I'm confused. Glad things are working for you though!"
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Kelly's discussion pregnant?
"If you saw the buck mate them, just count forward 145-150 days to determine a due date. Udders on first fresheners are not as good at predicting birth as on senior does. If you stick your hand between their hind legs you should be able to feel a…"
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Maureen Daley's discussion Good goat mineral
"I really wish they did not label them the way they do. I use MeatMaker because it has a 2:1 ration of calcium and phosphorus. Their MagnumMilker has equal amounts of calcium and phosphorus, which would be for herds getting 100% alfalfa diet, which…"
Apr 11
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Deborah Flint's discussion Help with Annie and Fairy: Vet and Cornell are at a loss
"It is probably a combination of things. I noticed you also have been giving them molasses. If it is a lot, that could also cause a problem. Unless it specifically says "unsulfured," it is high in sulfur and can bind with copper and cause…"
Apr 10
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Deborah Flint's discussion Help with Annie and Fairy: Vet and Cornell are at a loss
"That could be at least part of your problem. If you have a TSC, you can get either Purina Goat Chow or Dumor Sweet Goat Feed, both of which have at least 40 ppm copper. It needs to be those names specifically because other Purina and Dumor goat…"
Apr 10

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Using DE as a dewormer

Started Apr 9 0 Replies

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

Started this discussion. Last reply by Myra Isaac Feb 20. 3 Replies

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

Tags: alfalfa, grass, hay, pasture

ND color genetics

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For those of you who are interested in ND colors, this site spells it all out: fun!Continue

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At 7:04am on March 6, 2014, Donna Peck said…

Hi Deborah! Thanks for the welcome. It's good to know that there are people in our corner of the world who are also Nigerian Dwarf owners/enthusiasts! Thank you.

At 7:21pm on February 15, 2014, Juliana Goodwin said…

Hi Deborah I am so sorry!!  I hardly ever use that gmail account anymore and I haven't seen any of this until just now. 

Thank you for letting me know about Lizzie's buck- I am regretfully going to have to pass on him though.  I really had my heart set on the Charlotte buck...I hope I didn't hold you up in advertising him.  I will just forfeit my deposit in case there was any inconvenience in my slow reply.  thanks so much for letting me know.

At 10:44pm on October 26, 2013, Glenna Rose said…

Thank you so much for the link, Deborah!  I already posted it on facebook where my "friends" are already familiar with the antics of mine.  Drug-fighting goats rock!

At 8:06pm on October 8, 2013, Myra Isaac said…
Yes, I'm a Kansas girl! :) I would love to meet you as well!! We're about 5.5 hours from Lawrence in the southwest corner of the state so it's a bit of a drive.
At 12:41pm on August 18, 2013, Lyn Adams said…
Just ordered your new book , Raising Goats Naturally. Looking forward to reading it.
At 8:26am on June 18, 2013, Bruce Ashbrook said…

Good Morning,I have two bottle babies(have reduced to 8oz. per day).They are on their way to being 20 lbs.Will wean soon .

My ?

 Should kids be locked in at night there are no predators that I'm Leary about and I thought they could come and go as they please in the Paddock area Thank You

At 8:41pm on June 7, 2013, Amy Bell said…


I just had an ah-ha moment. Having trouble tattooing my dark eared goats. So I bought some light green ink and thought all would be well.

I re-tattooed a black doe 3 weeks ago for a show and decided to check and see how the tattoo was looking. Well the right side I did with my gray numerals and the left with my white numerals. A few years ago I bought the white set because I was missing a few letters.

Well there was no color on the right side, just the scar. The left side retained the color. I noticed that my white numerals have thicker needles, thus putting more ink in the ear.

Maybe too late to put in your book but I wish I knew that before!!

At 1:08pm on February 27, 2013, Laura Collins said…

Hi Deborah! I hope to be able to get your books soon. Do they come in a digital copy?

And Happy Belated Birthday!

At 12:48pm on February 21, 2013, Payton Larson said…

Happy Birthday!! :D

At 11:36am on February 21, 2013, Kailyn Elliott said…

Happy Birthday!

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