Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goats

for people who love the littlest dairy goats

Deborah Niemann-Boehle
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Tammy Gallagher replied to Deborah Niemann-Boehle's discussion Welcome to new group moderator
"Thanks for the Welcome! As Deborah mentioned, my husband and I live in Texas. We started the journey as "farmers" several years ago after he retired from the military and I retired from my career as a Neonatal ICU nurse. With the kiddos…"
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Naomi D'Andrea replied to Deborah Niemann-Boehle's discussion Welcome to new group moderator
"Welcome and thank you, Tammy!"
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Deborah Niemann-Boehle posted a discussion

Welcome to new group moderator

Hi everyone!I want to introduce you to Tammy Gallagher who will be a group moderator and help me answer questions here. She has been a member of my Goats 365 membership program since the beginning and has taken all of the Thrifty Homesteader Academy goat classes. She raises Nigerians in Texas, so she also brings a different perspective when it comes to weather challenges when raising goats. Thanks, Tammy, for joining us!See More
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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Taylor Cameron's discussion Hair loss on base of ears, bridge of nose, back of legs
"You can use pour-on ivermectin (Ivomec) or eprinomectin (Eprinex) for external parasites. I've only needed to use a pour-on once, but sometimes you have to do a second dose in a couple of weeks. "
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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Ann Bodling's discussion Cattle panels and kids
"I have never used cattle panels  -- only the combo panels, and the combo panels do not keep ND kids contained until they are several months old. So the cattle panels would be a problem for even longer because the openings are even bigger. Not…"
Thursday
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Ann Bodling's discussion Introduction and 2 Questions
"P.S. I deleted your other post, which was a duplicate of this one, and I changed this one to "Goats 101" from "Introductions.""
Feb 20
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Ann Bodling's discussion Introduction and 2 Questions
"Welcome! 1. Yes, cover the space where the wind could blow through but leave a door or window open. 2. It's totally up to you. Whenever you bring in new goats, there will be head butting.  And, no wethers are not usually dominant at all.…"
Feb 20
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Susan's discussion Introduction
"Welcome! And congratulations on the new babies! "
Feb 20
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to david curtis's discussion Goat Bedding anyone used hemp
"OMG! $58 per bag?! Now I know why I've never heard of anyone using this. It looks a lot like shavings in the picture, which means that one bag would not even be enough to bed a 10 x 10 stall. This might be okay for  a little rabbit cage,…"
Feb 17
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to david curtis's discussion New Member and New to Goats
"Goats do not dig, and neither do chickens. A goat may paw at the ground a couple of times before laying down, but that's it. Chickens scratch when looking for bugs and worms.  For rotational grazing with goats, the best option for…"
Feb 17
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to david curtis's discussion New Member and New to Goats
"Welcome to the group and the world of goat ownership!  Wow! You have the Ft. Knox of perimeter fencing there. I can't imagine any predator going over that fence. If you put up more perimeter fence, two strands of electric is plenty -- one…"
Feb 16
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to david curtis's discussion Goat Bedding anyone used hemp
"I've never heard of anyone using hemp for bedding. It's pretty rare, so probably not available in most areas. If it's like straw, that sounds like a good start. I am not a fan of shavings as bedding for goats. I very much prefer…"
Feb 16
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Dacia's discussion New Member & New To Goats
"Welcome to the group! We're practically neighbors! I'm in Illinois. "
Feb 14
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Maggie's discussion Rejection
"I'd suggest weighing the kids as that is really the only way to know for sure that they are getting enough or not. They should gain an average of 4 ounces per day, meaning that if they gain only 3 ounces one day, I expect them to gain 5 ounces…"
Feb 8
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Glenna Rose's discussion Need web page address that shows kid skull sizes
"I have not seen that. If you do find it, be sure to share it here. I was told by a former pygmy breeder that it was the broad shoulders that caused so many c-sections in pygmies. Even when pygmies are bred to each other, they have a very high rate…"
Feb 2
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Meme's discussion Need goat help!!
"Yes, alfalfa pellets are the same nutritionally as alfalfa hay. If you want to be really precise, you can weigh the hay and weigh the alfalfa to be sure she is getting at least 50%. Or you can just provide a flake of grass hay in the morning and…"
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Welcome to new group moderator

Started this discussion. Last reply by Tammy Gallagher yesterday. 2 Replies

Hi everyone!I want to introduce you to Tammy Gallagher who will be a group moderator and help me answer questions here. She has been a member of my Goats 365 membership program since the beginning…Continue

Scammer deleted from site

Started this discussion. Last reply by Glenna Rose Jan 22. 1 Reply

Hi everyone! I just wanted to let you know that I've deleted Tracy Meltone from the site. She's the one who had two very odd posts -- one about fostering goats and one about electronic ID -- but…Continue

Goats Giving Birth -- my sixth book

Started this discussion. Last reply by Lil Jun 15, 2020. 1 Reply

I just wanted to let everyone know that my sixth book, Goats Giving Birth, is now available. And I also have a new…Continue

Introducing my newest online course! And it's FREE!

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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…Continue

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At 5:31pm on January 6, 2020, Barbara Jean Rondine said…

Deborah,

My goats are not coming into heat,  neither yearlings. Anything I can do to start a heat? Their mother has just had a short heat last month

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

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