Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goats

for people who love the littlest dairy goats

Deborah Niemann-Boehle
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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Wendi Gunter's discussion Kids Not Thriving
"Sorry I didn't see this sooner!  This year we -- or I should say, my husband -- have/has been weighing all of our kids regularly, so we have a ton of data on almost 40 kids! For the first two months, they averaged about 4 ounces gained per…"
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Judy H's discussion What causes low %BF
"Butterfat is at its lowest when production is at its highest, so what you're seeing is probably the lowest butterfat of her whole lactation. Butterfat and production have an inverse relationship.  Still 2.4 is low for a ND. The reason…"
Jun 8
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Cynthia Koscinch's discussion Bottle Neck?
"I'm not seeing any photos. If you search for milk goiter online, you'll find a lot of photos to compare. Here's more info on preventing coccidiosis -- Using coccidia drugs…"
Jun 8
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Cynthia Koscinch's discussion Bottle Neck?
"From what I'm reading, the soft puffy area under the jaw is the only symptom. Is that correct? If yes, it could just be a milk goiter. I've never had one, but they are supposedly not a big deal and will just disappear by 4-6 months of age.…"
Jun 8
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Rachelle Eaton's discussion Ideal Goat "Pasture"?
"Overgrown brushy areas are ideal. They love bushes and young trees. Google "goat landscaping," and you'll see lots of examples of what goats love.  Goats have a higher tolerance for toxic plants than most livestock. I still have…"
Jun 7
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Jabe Thomas's discussion Dairy Goat Feed
"It has about half as much copper as the Dumor Sweet Feed for goats, which is not good.  Second, it has fish meal in it.  Goats are vegetarians. Rumens are not made to digest animal products. I personally would not trust a company that…"
Jun 7
Deborah Niemann-Boehle commented on Deborah Niemann-Boehle's video

Goat Hoof Trimming

"Someone messaged me and asked about trimming the heel section. Yes, you would trim that the same way, if it's needed. This doe didn't need it, and I forgot to mention it. That part seems to grow more slowly than the sides. -- at least on…"
May 31
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Kali Sink's discussion Testing Milk
"If you're planning to sell your milk, you should check on your state regulations. They may have specific rules you have to follow. In Illinois, we now have to have our milk tested for coliform counts, which is not that uncommon. If you are just…"
May 31
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Jess Johnson's discussion Burdizzo fail
"That is a really big gap between the tooth on the edge and the piece that crushes. I've heard that those have more failures, but since mine has very little space in there, I don't have personal experience with a big gap like that. I'm…"
May 31
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Jess Johnson's discussion Breed lines that once had a defect?
"It's obvious when you look at boer goats, as well as sheep, that if you totally ignore extra teats, they will be reproduced in offspring again and again. However, I think there might also be a nutritional component because we had a LOT of teat…"
May 31
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Patty Meyer's discussion So...I lost a perfectly healthy seeming doe today...
"I am so sorry to hear about your loss, but don't blame yourself. It can be tough to know what's happening and to do the perfect thing in the heat of the moment. I've never had this happen and can't say that I'd have done…"
May 31
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to WoodsEdge's discussion Liming the pasture/wethers question
"Good luck with your goats -- and keeping yourself in one piece! I think we get more fragile as we age, so I am finally learning to be more careful. I tore my patellar tendon three years ago, and I'm still sitting here today with an Ace bandage…"
May 21
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Cynthia Koscinch's discussion Safety Margin for Gardenias, Elderberries & Tall Lettuce
"I don't have experience with those plants, and I have not found any good lists online that are accurate about what is and is not poisonous to goats. It's pretty well accepted that goats don't usually eat things that are poisonous…"
May 21
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to WoodsEdge's discussion Liming the pasture/wethers question
"If you have six acres, I'd say graze the goats somewhere that has grass, weeds, and small bushes now, and let Mother Nature take care of seeding that bare soil. They will eat and love whatever weeds decide to grow there. Years ago we had an…"
May 18
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Jennifer Bridgeman's discussion Young doe, underweight
"I'm not sure that copper deficiency would stunt her growth. You'd be more likely to see bowlegs or a sway back or some other bone malformation. Were you able to get new pictures?"
May 18
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Jennifer Bridgeman's discussion Young doe, underweight
"If you could get someone else to hold her attention while you take pictures of her straight from the side, that would be helpful. The two from the front are probably distorted, so I'm mostly looking at the one you took from above. It looks like…"
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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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