Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goats

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Deborah Niemann-Boehle
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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Amalia Young's discussion Lost back teeth
"Interesting thought! Well, if you figure out who is missing those teeth, and you see massive swelling on their cheek within the next few months, you'll know why. At least that's what happened with my son. He woke up one morning and his…"
Nov 6
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Heather L's discussion Chronic cough
"You're welcome! A vet professor told me many years ago that she had a hard time getting too excited about a goat if it was still eating, drinking, chewing its cud, and walking around. So, that's usually in the back of my mind when I see my…"
Nov 6
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Amalia Young's discussion Lost back teeth
"Goats do have baby teeth, but they don't normally lose all of them at once. I wonder if something hit it in the mouth and knocked out some of the teeth early. That actually happened to two of my children.  Turned out fine for one, but the…"
Nov 5
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Heather L's discussion Chronic cough
"Whenever I call the U of I vet clinic, it's usually inevitable that they'll say at some point in the conversation that they can't diagnose over the phone, so I need to bring in the goat. It's even more tough trying to figure out…"
Nov 5
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Heather L's discussion Chronic cough
"I'm curious how you know she's coughing up mucus rather than her cud. It's not that uncommon for kids to cough when they're learning that whole process of bringing up cud to rechew. It even happens to adults once in awhile. If…"
Nov 4
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Naomi D'Andrea's discussion Teff Hay for Wethers
"This is interesting! We don't have it available in my area, but Standlee is working on creating a teff hay pellet, and I'm anxiously awaiting sampling it. The 2:1 calcium to phosphorus sounds great. I wouldn't worry about stones, but…"
Oct 29
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Heather's discussion Hello
"Welcome to the group! I saw your question last night and spent this morning updating my "Kidding in Winter" article. I originally wrote it in 2014 and more than doubled the length. So, thanks for asking! Pretty much everything I write now…"
Oct 28
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Trish's discussion need help on dehorning paste on thick scur if possible?
"I forgot to mention that when we clip scurs, we do put the bucks on a milk stand so that restrains him. It would be challenging to do it with someone just holding them, but I like Naomi's idea of tethering him to the wall if you don't have…"
Oct 24
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Trish's discussion need help on dehorning paste on thick scur if possible?
"As I said, it did not even burn through the skin in half an hour. Plus, the reason we held them for that whole time is because if it's burning, they will want to rub their head on something. Goats have been known to wind up blind because they…"
Oct 23
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Trish's discussion need help on dehorning paste on thick scur if possible?
"Dehorning paste would do nothing to a scur. Even though it is not a full horn, it is horn material, and dehorning paste wouldn't eliminate it. It actually does not even work to disbud goats. I tried it on two kids about 16 years ago. They…"
Oct 23
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Maggie's discussion How old is too old for a buck to breed
"You're welcome. It's worth mentioning that the 8 year old was probably having trouble producing enough milk because she had lost most of her teeth. I noticed she started losing some of her front teeth by the time she was 6. I've never…"
Sep 27
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Maggie's discussion How old is too old for a buck to breed
"Most does can be bred until they are 10 years old. I've only had one that wouldn't get bred when she was 9 -- and thats is with breeding 15 or so does on average every year for 15 years or so. I don't normally breed them after…"
Sep 27
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Maggie's discussion How old is too old for a buck to breed
"I hate to say it but I wouldn't do it. In 17 years of owning goats and being on Yahoo groups back in the day and then other social media and knowing thousands of goat owners, I have known one buck who lived past the age of 10. And they…"
Sep 27
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Judy H's discussion signs of pain
"Congratulations on pulling her through as far as you have. That's incredible!  When goats are in pain, they grind their teeth. That's how we knew when it was time to put down my doe that had skin cancer on her rectum. When we realized…"
Sep 22
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Jabe Thomas's discussion What are YOU feeding your milking does?
"They have straight timothy pellets at our TSC, so I buy those. Orchard grass would also be good. Too much alfalfa will cause zinc deficiency in bucks because of the excess calcium. It's very easy to fix though. If they start blowing their coat…"
Sep 13
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Jabe Thomas's discussion What are YOU feeding your milking does?
"I used to feed Purina Goat Chow then switched to Dumor Sweet Goat when I realized it had the same nutritional analysis and was a couple dollars cheaper. Then the local feed mill agreed to mix up feed for me that basically matched the nutritional…"
Sep 12

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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
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.

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