Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goats

for people who love the littlest dairy goats

Deborah Niemann-Boehle
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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Maggie's discussion Infertility
"Sometimes an intersex or hermaphrodite looks like a buck.  Scrotum size is one of the things they measure when determining if a buck is fertile, and I noticed that the testicles and scrotum shrunk a LOT on an 8-year-old buck after he…"
Nov 22
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to kenneth spear's discussion Our little family
"Welcome to the group, and congratulations on your first goats! Are you thinking about milking the does?  You might want to think about getting another buck if you want to keep doe kids. Otherwise, the buck will need a wether companion…"
Nov 22
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Cathy Jernigan's discussion I’m bewildered
"I agree with Maggie. That is NOT the kind of udder you see on a goat that is only 2 months pregnant. That's what you see a week or two before they kid. Are you sure that a buck didn't jump the fence 5 months ago?  If it is absolutely…"
Nov 22
Deborah Niemann-Boehle commented on tony okrongly's photo

buck elvis

"I have never banded horns because all of mine are either disbudded by a week or they keep their horns until they're butchered. You should be able to cut the ends if they are not hot. If you feel warmth, that means there is blood running through…"
Nov 18
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to tony okrongly's discussion The Blue Goat Homestead
"I only keep the best sons of the best does as bucks. Mom has to be one of my top milkers with easy to milk teats and an excellent udder. The rest are wethered and sold as pets or turned into meat. I was resistant to the idea of butchering goats for…"
Nov 18
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Maggie's discussion Cold Weather
"In Virginia ... cold is NOT a problem. Goats grow a thick coat of cashmere to keep them warm all winter. Our adults have been fine down to 25 below zero! In fact, we had 36 hours straight a couple years ago where the temp never got above 15 below…"
Nov 18
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Lil's discussion Found homes for my goats!
"That sounds great! Be sure to check in when you get new goats after your move!"
Nov 17
Deborah Niemann-Boehle commented on tony okrongly's photo

buck elvis

"Those horns look a bit worrisome. If they continue growing like that, you could wind up either needing to cut the horns or putting him down because they will go into his neck unless they turn really soon. "
Nov 17
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to tony okrongly's discussion The Blue Goat Homestead
"Welcome to the group! It will be interesting to see what percentage of bucks-does you have next spring. It can be the buck, but it can also be the doe, depending upon the pH of her vagina. I've had does that had as much as 70-80% bucks or does…"
Nov 17
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Melissa Senesac's discussion Copper
"Normally if you get a lot of rain that's bad for your goats getting worms, but if they are not eating off the ground, then they'll be fine. It's when they are eating short grass down to the dirt that they pick up larvae from the worm…"
Nov 2
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Melissa Senesac's discussion Copper
"I'm confused about what mineral they are getting now. I'm not familiar with any kelp sold by Sweetlix. Kelp is great for iodine, but not much else. Although it has a lot of different minerals, they are at level so low that they…"
Nov 2
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Melissa Senesac's discussion Copper
"Kids can change color quite a bit in the first year. Many that are chocolate as adults were actually born black. Chocolate is very different than the rusty, copper-deficient color. Some that are born as buckskins can wind up getting darker as they…"
Nov 1
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Kt's discussion FF rejecting one of her twins
"Just realized I'm about to go to bed, so here are a couple of quick thoughts. If you just mean that she is not letting the kid nurse, then you have to feed it with a bottle. Here is info on…"
Oct 27
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Kt's discussion FF rejecting one of her twins
"I need more details. Can you explain what is happening? When were the kids born? Hopefully both have nursed. If not, the one has probably already died by now, so I hope that's not the case. What exactly do you mean by…"
Oct 27
Deborah Niemann-Boehle commented on Deborah Niemann-Boehle's video

How to Milk a Nigerian Dwarf Goat

"Thanks, Kenneth! Glad you found it helpful!"
Oct 17
kenneth spear commented on Deborah Niemann-Boehle's video

How to Milk a Nigerian Dwarf Goat

"    she has some wonderful tips.. was raised milking cows, and yes ,this is a total different milking. I have done it a few times, but still need alot more practice. Thanks for the help."
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I just wanted to let everyone know that my sixth book, Goats Giving Birth, is now available. And I also have a new…Continue

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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

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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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