Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goats

for people who love the littlest dairy goats

Deborah Niemann-Boehle
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  • Cornell, IL
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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to GINGER K BRAUN's discussion Kids with big bellies
"You're welcome! "
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Lil's discussion Questions about copper bolusing
"Yes, I'd go with 2 grams at that size."
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to GINGER K BRAUN's discussion Kids with big bellies
"The black buck looks good from the side, and 31 pounds is not bad for six months.  A doe should NOT be bred until she is 40 pounds, so it is highly unlikely that your doe is going to be big enough to breed until she is 18 months old. If you…"
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to GINGER K BRAUN's discussion Kids with big bellies
"Wow! The 4-month-old spotted kid is 18.5 pounds? That's tiny. I won't sell my kids until they're 20#, which usually happens around 8 to 10 weeks. I wish I could get my hands on them because I'm not seeing any bones sticking out.…"
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to GINGER K BRAUN's discussion Kids with big bellies
"From this angle, they kind of look like they are overweight with a body condition of 4, especially the chamoisee (the first one). Can you upload photos of them from the side and also from the front or back? What color are the eyelids? How much do…"
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Kiley Tomjack's discussion We only want to keep 2 or 3 goats . .
"On second thought, if you only want two or three goats, I'd start with a doe in milk and her kid. The kid will keep up the milk supply while you're learning. That way you can milk her for a couple of years while you decide if you really…"
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Kiley Tomjack's discussion We only want to keep 2 or 3 goats . .
"Welcome to the group and to the wonderful world of goats!  The market for pet goats or dairy goats varies from one area to another. Some areas are saturated, while people in other areas have no trouble selling kids.  Some good news for you…"
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to GINGER K BRAUN's discussion Kids with big bellies
"In addition, I'd suggest uploading photos of the kids so we can see what they look like."
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to GINGER K BRAUN's discussion Kids with big bellies
"Looks like this is the same question you asked on my website. In case you didn't see my answer, here it is: It’s probably either worms or coccidia. A fecal can only confirm parasites. It cannot rule them out. Goat are not always shedding…"
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Lil's discussion Questions about copper bolusing
"I know marshmallows are a popular option. I'm not a huge fan because marshmallows are usually made out of gelatin, which is usually made from ruminant bones, and because of mad cow disease, you are not supposed to feed ruminant animal parts to…"
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Lil's discussion Questions about copper bolusing
"I've heard of people mixing it into all sorts of things -- whatever your goats will eat -- bananas, fig newton cookies, etc. I don't see why alfalfa crumbs wouldn't work. "
Chandravir Ahuja commented on Deborah Niemann-Boehle's page Herd Names, Locations, Websites
"Great Ring Farm Sandy Hook CT. We just begun 1 month ago with two Nigerian Dwarf Goats that are ADGA registered and we are new members there. "
Jul 8
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Lil's discussion Tattooing
"That sounds good. My #1 recommendation on tattoo pliers is that they have a quick release. We originally bought one that one supposed to be sized for Nigerians, and we had to PEEL all of those needles off the ear while the goat screamed and kicked.…"
Jul 5
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Lil's discussion LGD questions.
"You're welcome!"
Jun 24
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Lil's discussion LGD questions.
"I would just put the does in the barn at night. Our original milking stall was 10 x 10, which is where our milkers would spend the night, and my only complaint is that after about five or six does, the manure would build up insanely fast, so…"
Jun 24
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Lil's discussion LGD questions.
"LGDs must be large to be effective, and you really need one of the livestock guardian breeds because they have the temperament to chill out with livestock. Border collie and Australian shepherds are herding dogs, and they would drive your goats…"
Jun 24

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Goats Giving Birth -- my sixth book

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

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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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Hi everyone!I just wanted to let you know that the second edition of Raising Goats Naturally is now hot off the press. It's available through my website at a discount until the end of the month, and…Continue

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


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…


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

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