Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goats

for people who love the littlest dairy goats

Deborah Niemann-Boehle
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  • Cornell, IL
  • United States
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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Suzan Shipp's discussion Intro to Capracreek Mini Farm
"Welcome to the group! How many goats do you have? Do you milk?"
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Robin Martin's discussion Possible preterm delivery
"We used to have a lot of preterm kids before we discovered we had a problem with copper deficiency. The youngest we ever had survive were born at day 135. Let us know what happens."
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Joanna Phalen's discussion Doe with rectal prolapse
"Going along with the hemorrhoid theme (Preparation H), aloe vera actually works much better in humans in reduce swelling than PH. You can use aloe vera gel that is purchased form a reputable source (NOT Wal-Mart, as many of their supplements and…"
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Meme's discussion Copper deficient, Zinc deficient or what?
"Mites can be contagious. If you want to know for sure, you can take them to the vet, and he or she can do a skin scraping and a microscopic exam to see if that's the problem."
Mar 11
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Janice Murphy's discussion Hello all, introducing ourselves, and questions about ADGA
"Yes, I'd breed the younger one ASAP, but as I said, not all does come into heat in the spring, so you might want to breed whichever one happens to come into heat -- if either of them do. Too bad you don't have a crystal ball. As soon as…"
Mar 11
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Emmanuel Deremolu's discussion Doe isolated herself gets thinner with time
"Do you have a picture of her that you could post? Are the insides of her eyelids pale pink, white, or red? Is she pooping normal pebbles, logs, or diarrhea?"
Mar 11
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Maggie's discussion Size differences
"I agree with Rachel about not breeding a doe that small. The size related to the buck is irrelevant if a doe is too small. I have a 9-year-old doe that I never bred because she's only about 16 or 17 inches tall. Her mother, however, was right…"
Mar 11
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Joanna Phalen's discussion Doe with rectal prolapse
"I agree with Rachel, and knowing that it's Cornell, I'd agree even more. It's always ranked #1 or #2 in the country. They have some very knowledgeable goat vets there."
Mar 8
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Glenna Rose's discussion Dilemma regarding Cryptorchid
"I'm so sorry, Glenna. You know I'm going to tell you not to beat yourself up about this. You did what you thought was best, and that's the best that any of us can do. I would have done the same thing -- tried to do the same thing. At…"
Mar 1
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Meme's discussion Copper deficient, Zinc deficient or what?
"The black goat does not have the kind of rusty red coat that indicates copper deficiency. That goat actually has a very nice winter coat. I have never had mites, and I haven't researched organic mite treatments. It doesn't look like a…"
Feb 25
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Emmanuel Deremolu's discussion Doe isolated herself gets thinner with time
"Are the other goats beating her up and keeping her away from the hay or feed? How old is she? Is she pregnant, milking, or dry? Have you tried putting her in a pen by herself and offering her food? If yes, what happened? "
Feb 25
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Lori's discussion Expectant ND Goat Mommy Here!
"Welcome to the group! If you happen to have my book, Raising Goats Naturally, it answers a lot of your questions. The parasite chapter is more than 20 pages, but parasites are usually species specific, and they don't crawl through the pasture,…"
Feb 25
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Janice Murphy's discussion Any thoughts about purchasing semen?
"The biggest investment in doing AI is in purchasing a semen tank, which has to be kept charged to keep the temperature cold enough. I don't remember the temp, but it is way below zero. I haven't looked into them in a long time, but last…"
Feb 25
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Janice Murphy's discussion Hello all, introducing ourselves, and questions about ADGA
"Welcome to the group, and congratulations on your goats! If you want to breed your girls, I'd suggest sooner rather than later. They are getting a little "old" to be first fresheners. If they come into heat now, you can breed them for…"
Feb 25
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Tammy Lee Birrer's discussion Triplets born today
"Sorry you lost her. Without a necropsy there's no way to know why she died, but that's why I've become more likely to bring kids like that inside. I hated the "what if" scenario that would play out in my head. "
Feb 25
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Tammy Lee Birrer's discussion Triplets born today
"She needs colostrum for the first 24 hours -- at least 10% of her body weight. So, 2 pounds, 5 ounces = 39 ounces, which would be 3.9 ounces in the first 24 hours. Half of that needs to be in the first 6 hours, but I can often get the whole 10% in…"
Feb 23

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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.

At 9:25pm on November 11, 2015, Ann Fuller said…

Well, I can't find the link to the webinar.  So I wasn't able to get it. So sorry I missed it.


Ann Fuller

At 9:12pm on November 11, 2015, Ann Fuller said…

Hello Deborah,   The webinar has been on for 11 minutes and I'm having trouble getting in.  I did pay and received my link to the webinar and left it on the screen and then my computer froze and I cannot find the link to the webinar anymore.  I know you are running the webinar now, but I would appreciate some help if you have someone who could send me the link again.  Thank you

Ann Fuller

At 4:33pm on November 11, 2015, Ann Fuller said…

I'm definitely attending, but can't figure out how I pay.  I've clicked around on everything and can't find a place to make my payment.

Ann Fuller

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