Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goats

for people who love the littlest dairy goats

Deborah Niemann-Boehle
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  • Cornell, IL
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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Rachel in Wonderland's discussion Ways to Make a Farm Profitable?
"I've attached my PowerPoint presentation on "Value-Added Goats" so you can get a few ideas about how your goats can make money for you. I've also attached my PowerPoint on "Marketing Your Homestead Business." To answer…"
5 hours ago
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Judy Asarkof's discussion Tell me what you see with this udder
"That's a nice udder for a first freshener. I always love to get pictures of my babies from their new owners, so I can see how they've matured. Looks high and wide with a nice MSL, although I could see more if you provided two pics -- one…"
8 hours ago
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Jabe Thomas's discussion Treatment for lice on kids
"Oral or injectable ivermectin would only work for sucking lice, which are sucking the blood. If the goats have biting lice, you need to use a pour-on, such as ivermectin or Eprinex pour-on."
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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Glenna Rose's discussion Would you separate for an hour or two?
"Oh, if there is a favorite side issue, you need to keep a close eye on that. You don't usually see that with triplets, but I never say never when it comes to goat behavior. They really need to be nursing both sides evenly. Glad you caught that,…"
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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Juliana Goodwin's discussion Dog got copper bolus!?
"I am happy to say that this has never happened here. But we do have a dog that eats tampons and underwear, and he continues to thrive. I've heard of dogs eating all sorts of crazy things, and the only ones that seem to cause a problem are those…"
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Meagan's discussion My Teeny-Tiny Doeling
"There is a problem with rumen development in kids that do not start eating food early enough. It is mostly a problem with bottle babies that do not have a role model, as some of them may not start eating until close to a month old. Dam raised kids…"
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Angela Millsap's discussion Burdizzo castration tips
"Check the testicles every week or two, and they should be shrinking. Measure them against your fingers. Basically, lay the testicles on your fingers to see how long they are, and they should shrink up and get smaller."
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Angela Millsap's discussion Burdizzo castration tips
"It depends on how old the boys are when castrated, but the constant bucky behavior should subside fairly soon. Wethers -- even those castrated with methods that totally remove testicles -- can act bucky around a doe in heat. I used to have one that…"
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Glenna Rose's discussion Would you separate for an hour or two?
"I don't see any reason to not separate the bigger one as you suggested in your original post. I would not consider those sizes to be premature at all. Kids born at 150 days can be that size. The only time we ever had premies survive, they were…"
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Meagan's discussion My Teeny-Tiny Doeling
"Not all feeds are created equal, and I've never heard any goat breeder use the word "creep" to describe grain. I think that's a horse or maybe sheep term, which worries me. Organic is awesome, but it does not make up for missing…"
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Tammy Lee Birrer's discussion 5 Week old goat wobbly on legs
"Yay! Glad to hear he is doing better! "
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Julia @Woody Glen Farm's discussion Bleeding from horn bud after disbudding
"Glad it stopped. In the future, like Patty said, touching the iron on it again will cauterize it and stop the bleeding. We've only had that happen on a couple of kids, so it's not very common. Sending you a big hug!"
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Dede Beck's discussion Hard to milk Mini Nubian goats
"When does freshen for the first time, they get all of their grain on the milk stand twice a day. I sit down next to them and put my hand on their udder. I don't try to do anything initially, just keep my hand there until they calm down. It…"
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Judy Asarkof's discussion Pictures - either one look polled to you?
"Doelings can definitely fool you sometime! "
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Michael Garwood's discussion We have started....
"I wish you lots of luck in getting the ND accepted in Australia! If you ever need someone to speak at a conference over there, just let me know. I've been speaking all over the US for several years now (Kansas, North Carolina, Washington,…"
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Judy Asarkof's discussion Chiro information for goats and what do you do with non-producers?
"I have not seen a huge difference in mothering between NDs. They all seem to be pretty good, so far. I just had one reject her kids, but that's the first time in 12 years where there were no extenuating circumstances (like premature birth or…"

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Using DE as a dewormer

Started Apr 9 0 Replies

Here is an article that summarizes many of the studies done on the use of diatomaceous earth (DE) as a dewormer:…Continue

Tags: DE, parasites, worms

Week one weight gain

Started this discussion. Last reply by Myra Isaac Feb 20. 3 Replies

People have asked about newborn weight gain in the past, and I've said multiple times that I want to keep track of a kids' weights at some point, but I never got around to it ... until now! Actually…Continue

Nutrients in weeds

Started this discussion. Last reply by Chaverah Farm Dec 4, 2013. 1 Reply

Next time a new member talks about ripping up the weeds in their pasture and planting grass, we need to point them to this study:…Continue

Tags: alfalfa, grass, hay, pasture

ND color genetics

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For those of you who are interested in ND colors, this site spells it all out: fun!Continue

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At 7:04am on March 6, 2014, Donna Peck said…

Hi Deborah! Thanks for the welcome. It's good to know that there are people in our corner of the world who are also Nigerian Dwarf owners/enthusiasts! Thank you.

At 7:21pm on February 15, 2014, Juliana Goodwin said…

Hi Deborah I am so sorry!!  I hardly ever use that gmail account anymore and I haven't seen any of this until just now. 

Thank you for letting me know about Lizzie's buck- I am regretfully going to have to pass on him though.  I really had my heart set on the Charlotte buck...I hope I didn't hold you up in advertising him.  I will just forfeit my deposit in case there was any inconvenience in my slow reply.  thanks so much for letting me know.

At 10:44pm on October 26, 2013, Glenna Rose said…

Thank you so much for the link, Deborah!  I already posted it on facebook where my "friends" are already familiar with the antics of mine.  Drug-fighting goats rock!

At 8:06pm on October 8, 2013, Myra Isaac said…
Yes, I'm a Kansas girl! :) I would love to meet you as well!! We're about 5.5 hours from Lawrence in the southwest corner of the state so it's a bit of a drive.
At 12:41pm on August 18, 2013, Lyn Adams said…
Just ordered your new book , Raising Goats Naturally. Looking forward to reading it.
At 8:26am on June 18, 2013, Bruce Ashbrook said…

Good Morning,I have two bottle babies(have reduced to 8oz. per day).They are on their way to being 20 lbs.Will wean soon .

My ?

 Should kids be locked in at night there are no predators that I'm Leary about and I thought they could come and go as they please in the Paddock area Thank You

At 8:41pm on June 7, 2013, Amy Bell said…


I just had an ah-ha moment. Having trouble tattooing my dark eared goats. So I bought some light green ink and thought all would be well.

I re-tattooed a black doe 3 weeks ago for a show and decided to check and see how the tattoo was looking. Well the right side I did with my gray numerals and the left with my white numerals. A few years ago I bought the white set because I was missing a few letters.

Well there was no color on the right side, just the scar. The left side retained the color. I noticed that my white numerals have thicker needles, thus putting more ink in the ear.

Maybe too late to put in your book but I wish I knew that before!!

At 1:08pm on February 27, 2013, Laura Collins said…

Hi Deborah! I hope to be able to get your books soon. Do they come in a digital copy?

And Happy Belated Birthday!

At 12:48pm on February 21, 2013, Payton Larson said…

Happy Birthday!! :D

At 11:36am on February 21, 2013, Kailyn Elliott said…

Happy Birthday!

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