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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Michael Garwood's discussion We have started....
"Oh, my goodness! That dwarfism argument is interesting! I do have a little extra insight on this because we had Irish dexter cattle for about 10 years. There are dwarf Irish dexters and some that are not dwarfs, and the difference is not in their…"
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Faith Foster's discussion Hello from NC
"You can't really train a dog to be a LGD; they have to be born for the job. There are only a few breeds that are happy to be with livestock 24/7. We've had Great Pyrenees and an Anatolian Shepherd. Someone told me a very tragic story about…"
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Sophia A. Heimberg's discussion Milk Replacer
"No problem! I'm sure I'd be very nervous if I were in your shoes! "
Deborah Niemann-Boehle commented on Cherissa Woudenberg's video

Thia's Birth Video

"Great video! Classic first freshener! I always feel so sorry for them when they're screaming like that. They just have no idea what's happening to them. Most are not nearly as loud the second time around."
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Sophia A. Heimberg's discussion Milk Replacer
"Four bucks and one doe??? Oh, no! You have my sympathy. Our first year, we had five bucks and two does. So, are you done for the year? Was that all of the embryos? Bottle babies do usually act like they are starving to death. Everything else you…"
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Sophia A. Heimberg's discussion Selenium Deficiency in Northern California
"See how your goats do after you add the selenium. If they are having lots of babies and producing lots of milk and are healthy, then they're fine."
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Sophia A. Heimberg's discussion Selenium Deficiency in Northern California
"Baking soda is like Tums or Rolaids for them, so if they get an upset rumen, they can self medicate. It is super cheap at <$1 per box and can save a goat's life because they can get to it whenever they need it. Kelp is just a natural food…"
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Sophia A. Heimberg's discussion Selenium Deficiency in Northern California
"Wow! That's pretty low -- Sweetlix is 50 ppm. Also, Purina has a high salt content. Last time I looked it was something like 40%, which means the goats are not consuming that much of the mineral. (Sweetlix is only 10%.) I also get selenium from…"
Sep 14
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Katie Spring's discussion Opinions on my doeling
"You did a great job taking pictures by yourself! Mine never look that good if I don't have a helper! Your doe is lovely -- nice level topline, pretty feet, long neck, good legs. The only thing I'd like to see is a longer body, but that can…"
Sep 14
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Goat lover101's discussion Fencing
"This question has been discussed on here tons of times. Here is a list of discussions:"
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Charlotte's bucks

"The chances of all four kids being boys would be 1 in 16. Even worse -- last time she had triplet bucks! She just seems to throw a lot of bucks! We had another doe throw FIVE bucks one time!"
Sep 14
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Laura Pulda's discussion Hi from colorado
"Welcome! Kids and kids seem to be a great combination."
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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Sarah Boussuge's discussion Hello, I'd like to introduce myself
"Welcome to the group! We are glad to have you here!"
Sep 11
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Jabe Thomas's discussion When to Stop Milking
"On stopping milking ... it is better to just stop cold turkey. It is not a good idea to milk without emptying the udder. The udder will quit producing milk after about 5 days of feeling full. It is that fullness that signals the body to stop…"
Sep 11
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Jabe Thomas's discussion When to Stop Milking
"The standard lactation for a goat is 10 months and looks something like this ... doe kids in January, you breed her again in August, you stop milking her at the end of October, and she kids again in January. If your doe is a first freshener, that…"
Sep 11
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Faith Foster's discussion Hello from NC
"No problem! There are a lot of groups out there that are like the Wild West, which was why I started this group. I received too many goat questions through my website to be able to answer myself, and I wished I could have referred them to a group…"
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Can goats balance their nutrient needs?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Julia @Woody Glen Farm Aug 28. 1 Reply

Can animals intuitively balance their diets? Earlier studies in this area said no, even though many organic and grassfed cattle producers have sworn by cafeteria-style minerals for a very long time.…Continue

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

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Week one weight gain

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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

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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

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At 6:25pm on June 11, 2014, Dave Marschang said…

yeah I have a hell of a time on here knowing when someones replied to something

At 8:56pm on June 9, 2014, Dave Marschang said…

the lamancha doe is very gentle with ginny, and ginny actually seems to enjoy the attention. she appears to be a very gentle giant and even against the other lamancha does her threats seem pathetically gentle. and yes we do want a buck, I don't know that as beginners we need a $600 buck to start. your worst quality buck is 100 times better than the barnyard mutts we have around here so something on the cheaper side will work for us. what do you have available? you website gave me the impression all bucks were sold.


At 7:38pm on June 3, 2014, Dave Marschang said…

well a 6 yr old Lamancha has apparently taking a likin to Ginny, she follows her around pushing her across the stall with her head, then she will stick her head under Ginnys backend and lift her in the air. Not sure what any of that means but Ginny just stands there patiently and takes it. everyone is still doing good and Ginnys diarrhea appears to have gotten better. we have plenty of room at this farm for a buck and will be seriously looking to purchase one soon, not sure if you have any available or not but, will probably be calling soon.

At 10:00am on June 1, 2014, Dave Marschang said…

oh my god! Gertrude never shuts up! typical female......anyway thought I would let you know the girls are fitting in just fine, they get to meet the lamanchas today. Ginny has a little bit of diarrhea. we gave her probios yesterday so we will see what happens. while neither will take treats from us yet, Ginny is much more skittish than Gertrude so it makes sense to us that she would be the one with diarrhea. we don't think its anything to worry about yet.

At 8:01pm on May 17, 2014, Lyn Adams said…
Hey Deborah, I'd think your opinion on this, a member needs to find a home for her two withers. Do you think it would be a problem if I took them in, right now I have 4 , I was just concerned about them all being together . Can you help?
At 7:55pm on May 7, 2014, Dave Marschang said…

sorry deb just seen the message about reporting the spam to you, but cant find it anymore.

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.

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