Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goats

for people who love the littlest dairy goats

Deborah Niemann-Boehle
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Deborah Niemann-Boehle liked Naomi D'Andrea's discussion Field Trip Fun
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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Julia @Woody Glen Farm's discussion Weak kid 3 days old--selenium deficiency-- white muscle disease
"Wow! You ARE lucky you didn't get much of the BoSe in her! The dose for a newborn ND is 0.1 or 0.2 cc, so 1 cc would be 5 to 10 times too much. Many years ago we had twins that seemed like they just would not "wake up" after they were…"
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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to James Tinker's discussion A good read on Copper Defeciency
"I'm glad you shared this. I have really mixed feelings about this website. More than 10 years ago when we were having trouble with copper deficiency, this was one of the only bits of information I could find about the problem. I'm very…"
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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Julia @Woody Glen Farm's discussion Weak kid 3 days old--selenium deficiency-- white muscle disease
"We used to do 2 cc for an adult ND doe. The usual dose is 1 cc per 40 pounds. However, I quit giving injections after I started using the selenium-e free choice. If this has only happened with one doe, I'd be wondering why she didn't get…"
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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Julieanne Cook's discussion Problem child Daphne finally kidded
"Congratulations! We have a line of does that kid like that. They make it look way too easy. :-) In the future, if you see a lot of stuff hanging out, that generally means the doe is done, and the placenta is starting to release. Between kids, there…"
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Tammy Lee Birrer's discussion Feeding a doe in milk
"I always say listen to you goats, so if she's doing great, I wouldn't change a thing. What you are doing sounds pretty typical. You are correct that they need more nutrition during times like milking. "
Jun 21
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Kali Sink's discussion Kitchen Inspiration
"Ice cream! I made this recipe specifically for ND milk. If you use other milk, you'll need to sub some cream, or it won't be as creamy. We actually only use 3 cups of milk now because 4 cups would cause the ice cream maker to overflow. "
Jun 19
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Tammy Lee Birrer's discussion Feeding a doe in milk
"Since the occurrence of mad cow disease, it's been illegal to feed meat to ruminants, although that doesn't necessarily rule out all animal products. Legally they do have to list all ingredients on the label though. I have seen feather…"
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Deborah Niemann-Boehle liked James Tinker's discussion Oh how my bucks have grown
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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Tammy Lee Birrer's discussion Feeding a doe in milk
"I thought I had responded to this days ago, but I don't see my response. Anyway, grain is not exactly good for ruminants. I'm curious what ingredient in prepared feed you're talking about that is not good for ruminants -- other…"
Jun 16
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Emily Howe's discussion Overweight Doe
"Goats really need to be on pasture walking around all day, every day. Also, does are meant to kid every year. People who don't breed their does usually have a continuing struggle with obesity."
Jun 14
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Kristina Conrad's discussion Prolapsed vagina, cervix, rectumand to kid soon
"It will be interesting to see what she does after kidding. I really HOPE she doesn't continue pushing like that. If it is caused by estrogen, it seems that the only option would be a hysterectomy, and I recently faced an issue like that, and it…"
Jun 9
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Ruth Goode's discussion Abnormally fast heart rate
"You don't usually see bowel movements in very young kids, unless you are spending a lot of time with them. If she couldn't poop, she'd have died long ago. We've had people on here with kids that were born without a rectum, and…"
Jun 9
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Tammy Lee Birrer's discussion Feeding a doe in milk
""Not good" is very subjective. Did they give you any details? Some people don't like commercial goat grains because they're made with GMO ingredients unless you can find one that's organic. Unfortunately, I haven't been…"
Jun 9
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Kristina Conrad's discussion Prolapsed vagina, cervix, rectumand to kid soon
"I've never had an experience with this either. I hope it all turns out well. Sounds like you should probably retire her after this. How old is she?"
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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

At 11:35pm on August 28, 2015, carolyn denison said…

working all day:'(very disappointed.  not able to join conference

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