Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goats

for people who love the littlest dairy goats

Deborah Niemann-Boehle
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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Angela lesh's discussion Miscarriage of triplets five weeks early
"If the cat will be inside, it shouldn't be a problem. It's when cats poop in the goat bedding that they can transmit toxoplasmosis, which is why pregnant women are not supposed to change litter boxes. An older cat would be safer, but there…"
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Maggie's discussion Castration
"Here's a blog post that I recently wrote about the Burdizzo. It also includes a video."
Nov 26
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Deb Blake-Satchel's discussion Hi from Robertson, South Africa
"Sorry, I wasn't clear. I was wondering if you're originally from South Africa. Have you always lived there? Or did you move there from somewhere else?"
Nov 26
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Deb Blake-Satchel's discussion Hi from Robertson, South Africa
"Congratulations on your new herd! You're our second member in Africa that I know of. We have one from Ireland who lives in Nigeria. Are you from South Africa?"
Nov 25
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Deb Blake-Satchel's discussion Buck with the herd
"It's really not a good idea. You will have doelings getting pregnant way too early and could wind up needing c-sections. Your senior does would wind up getting pregnant way too often, which would not be good for their health because pregnancy…"
Nov 25
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Katharine Norton's discussion Soy beans for goats?
"I'd find out exactly what it is. In the US, soybeans are the seeds, and they're roasted before being ground up and used as animal feed. It's pretty powdery. I don't remember the science off the top of my head, but it's hard…"
Nov 24
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Glenna Rose's discussion Which buck?
"I'd be partial to Merle because he is almost entirely Pholia Farms, which is a dairy with great milkers. But I'm simply not as familiar with the other pedigree, so they could be good milkers too. As for the blue eyes, they're dominant…"
Nov 19
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Judy Metcalf's discussion The hardest week ever
"I'm so sorry to hear about your loss yesterday! {{{hugs}}}"
Nov 19
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Jennifer's discussion Cystic ovaries?
"I was going to ask, are you sure she's a doe? But if you had an ultrasound, I'm assuming they'd have realized it if the anatomy was not 100% female. But in any case, you will probably have to contact your vet, so you could…"
Nov 19
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Emily's discussion Hyperextended knees
"Crooked legs are one of the few symptoms that I've seen listed in books for copper deficiency. They never mention the symptoms of mild deficiency. I also wonder if the buck could have had an injury that simply healed?"
Nov 18
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Daniella Lake's discussion Accidental Possible Breeding
"That would be a question for your vet. He or she should be happy to answer that question over the phone. Does don't usually come into heat when they're pregnant, but it can happen. I've only had two does continue to come into heat…"
Nov 16
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Emily's discussion Hyperextended knees
"How old is she? How old was her sire when he was sold?"
Nov 16
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Judy Metcalf's discussion The hardest week ever
"Oh, my goodness! I'm laughing, but it sounds like you have a lot of work ahead. Some kids just seem to find more trouble than others. We had one kid that jumped up on a CD player within a couple of days. He was bouncing up and down on it while…"
Nov 8
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Judy Metcalf's discussion The hardest week ever
"Their final resting spot sounds so beautiful and peaceful. I'm all choked up.  I know what you mean about those kids in the house. Oh, my! But it's good to get them out as soon as possible. They'll handle it much better now than…"
Nov 8
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Annieday's discussion How do you know when infection is gone??
"That's great that you're going to do an ultrasound. That was going to be my next suggestion. I was chatting with a vet today, and she said she did a necropsy on a goat once that had a 4-year-old mummified fetus in her. She died from…"
Nov 8
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Marie van H's discussion Nigerian Dwarfs in Langley, British Columbia, Canada!
"Welcome! It's amazing how addictive these goats can be!"
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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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