Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goats

for people who love the littlest dairy goats

Deborah Niemann-Boehle
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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Margot Gray's discussion teach to take the bottle?
"Yay! Good to hear! and then one second, it's like someone flipped a switch, and the kid acts like it's been sucking on a bottle forever. :) I hope that happens very soon!"
Sep 12
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Elizabeth Douglass's discussion Introduction :)
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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Elizabeth Douglass's discussion Introduction :)
"Welcome to the wonderful world of goats! I love the idea of G-men. That's cute! If you are worried about the dogs giving worms to the goats or vice versa, don't. Worms are species specific. There are a few thousand different species of…"
Sep 11
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Margot Gray's discussion teach to take the bottle?
"Lots of time and patience. It could take days. You just have to hold it in their mouth and let it drip out. That's why I love the Pritchard teat. You can squeeze the bottle to help it drip out. Here is an article about getting started with…"
Sep 11
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Rosalyn Abbott's discussion Pemphigus foliaceus or mites? Skin problems on young doe
"Unfortunately the answer is not always more supplementation. You can inadvertently throw off the balance of minerals, so I need some specifics. On the copper supplementation -- how many grams have you given her and how often, and what does she…"
Sep 11
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Myra Isaac's discussion HELP!! LGD pups dieing
"I'm sorry to hear that. Dogs are not my specialty. I'd call the vet. Good luck!"
Sep 9
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Aaron White's discussion My barns
"Awesome! I love the brushy landscape, and I'm sure your goats do too!"
Aug 29
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Aaron White's discussion My barns
"What part of the country are you in? I'm guessing some place that doesn't get very cold in winter. The open floor plan is great for places that get really hot because you can have a breeze blowing through there.  Also, can you add a…"
Aug 28
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Aaron White's discussion Collars for goats
"It's been so long since I bought these, I don't remember what size it was. I usually buy the plastic break-away collars from Caprine Supply. They now sell a long chain with end links for attaching, and you can cut the collars whatever size…"
Aug 28
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Second edition of Raising Goats Naturally now available!

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 I have an even bigger discount for those of you who want to purchase multiple copies to give buyers of your goats. can also pre-order it through Amazon and other bookstores. They should have it by next month.…See More
Aug 18
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Jacob Patrick Kirtley's discussion New to the Forum
"Welcome to the group! You mentioned your goats being old enough to breed, but really it's size that's important. They should be at least 40 pounds, which they could reach by anywhere between 7 months and 18 months. In the meantime, just…"
Aug 18
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Judy Metcalf's discussion Hookworms
"I closed the parasite course at the end of July because my new book is coming out now, so I wanted to put all of my energy towards promoting it. Since you're an existing student, I can let you sign up for  it if you want. Just send an…"
Aug 8
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Maggie's discussion Pregnancy signs or lack of
"Movement can fool you. Sorry I didn't include this last time: Hopefully, she is pregnant though! This is just more info to keep in mind."
Aug 7
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Helen Huskins's discussion Soon to be goat owner
"Welcome! And nope, you are not making a mistake. There is no way I'd have continued to raise goats for 16 years if they were that complicated. There is no one-size-fits-all management protocol, but if you pay attention to the goats,…"
Aug 7
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Judy Metcalf's discussion Hookworms
"I have not heard of goats being diagnosed with hookworms. Ivermectin is not labeled for hookworms. Almost all of the intestinal worms that bother goats fall into the roundworm family -- barber pole, bankrupt, black scour worm, etc. -- and they are…"
Aug 7
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Jabe Thomas's discussion Changes to ADGA Registration???
"Yes, you can have any registration corrected for a fee of ... I think it's $1 or so."
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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

Ebook sale on Just Kidding for July

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Just Kidding is 25% off for the month of July.Click here for details and to order.It is available for Kindle, Nook, Kobo,…Continue

Integrated parasite management and FAMACHA training

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There are several videos on this page from the University of Rhode Island on parasite management, FAMACHA, and fecal testing.…Continue

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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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