Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goats

for people who love the littlest dairy goats

Deborah Niemann-Boehle
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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
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Jabe Thomas's discussion What are YOU feeding your milking does?
"There are rumors that everything in "high" in something. The iron level in sweet feed is nothing notable and definitely not high enough to cause a copper deficiency. The only molasses that has any iron in it is blackstrap molasses, and…"
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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Aaron White's discussion HELP! Leg stiffness and weakness
"The challenge with mixing your own feed is that it's not going to be balanced. Depending upon the proportions of those things, it could be very high fat or high carb or high protein. And there are no added minerals. You really need a recipe…"
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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Aaron White's discussion HELP! Leg stiffness and weakness
"Possibly vitamin E deficiency. Contrary to popular belief, there is not a therapeutic dose of E in BoSe. It's actually less than the amount a goat needs in a single day. It's simply added as a preservative and to boost the selenium a bit.…"
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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 result in failure. I receive lots of emails and messages in the spring from people wondering why their doe aborted at four months or never gave birth at all -- and the answer often lies in what happened (or not) around the time of breeding. Because I don't want everyone to have to learn this the…See More
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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Maggie's discussion Breeding age
"I would definitely breed her ASAP. If she has to divert some energy to growing kids, maybe that will slow her down a bit. She is on her way to being oversized if she continues to grow this fast. Unless she's as long as a freight train, I'm…"
Aug 9
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Maggie's discussion Breeding age
"I'm assuming she's not a purebred Nigerian, as that's the weight of a full grown doe. You shouldn't breed them until they are about 2/3 of their adult weight, so typically, that means you don't breed at less than 40 pounds…"
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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Jess Johnson's discussion Wether drooling and not swallowing food
"Thanks so much for sharing your experience! I'm glad you had a good experience at Cornell -- and that our group was helpful! It's always tough when you have a sick goat. I'm glad I was able to help, even if the best thing I suggested…"
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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…

Deborah,

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…
Deborah,
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.
Regards. atepeakinwale@gmail.com.
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??

Thanks!

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 :)

J.

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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