Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goats

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Deborah Niemann-Boehle
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  • Cornell, IL
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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Tiffani Wilson's discussion Toxoplasmosis
"I checked Goat Medicine, and it says that a goat can test positive for years, so it sounds like repeated testing would be a waste. When I said I've never heard of anyone having their goats tested, I should have said specifically for milk safety…"
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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Tiffani Wilson's discussion Toxoplasmosis
"Toxoplasmosis can be transmitted through raw milk. If you pasteurize the milk, it's safe. For best cheesemaking results, you'd heat it to 145 degrees for 30 minutes, but if you just want to get it done quickly, it's pasteurized…"
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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Julieanne Cook's discussion Looking for tips on fostering kids
"There are a few does who will let any kid nurse, but that's definitely the exception rather than the rule. Grafting a kid onto another doe is usually done within the first day after kidding for the foster mom. A 6-year-old should not have any…"
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Nicole Humphry Duval's discussion Hello everyone :)
"Welcome to the group!  I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but your little guy should have been disbudded when he was a week old or younger. You should NOT dehorn goats like cattle. If you buy a goat from a reputable breeder, they will disbud…"
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Naomi D'Andrea's discussion Copper Bolus on Empty Stomach
"There is this one, which was published in a scholarly journal: There was also someone online who had their vet x-ray their goat a week after it chewed up a marshmallow with COWP in it, and you could still…"
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Kate Riggs's discussion Can Double teats be fixed?
"Some people cut them off when they're babies, but if she's already mature and milking, that's probably not a good idea. I should also add that this is a disqualification in the show ring."
Old Haunt Farm replied to Deborah Niemann-Boehle's discussion Integrated parasite management and FAMACHA training
"This is SO very helpful, Deborah! Thank you so much for posting the link. Perfect timing for the learning going on at our farm! Cheers, Charity"
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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Laura Cunningham's discussion New doeling not thriving
"Sounds like the seller was pretty new to goats and not really clued in. Assuming that a kid has diarrhea because she's getting milk is just sad. The #1 reason for scours in kids is coccidiosis. Then I'd suspect worms and/or something…"
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Laura Cunningham's discussion New doeling not thriving
"OMG! 8 pounds? Are you sure? My 2-month-old kids weigh 20+ pounds. If a kid weighs less than 15 pounds, I won't let them leave, regardless of age, because they still need mama's milk and all its antibodies and other nutrients. I have…"
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Old Haunt Farm's discussion Doe IN TROUBLE Post Kidding! Coccidia, Worms, Copper Deficiency??
"There are actually dozens of studies now that show that you should not give dewormer unless there is a reason, such as anemia, bottle jaw, diarrhea, or poor body condition. I just finished an article for Hobby Farms magazine on this very topic. Here…"
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Laura Cunningham's discussion New doeling not thriving
"A temp of 104.3 is high, so sounds like she has some sort of infection and should probably be on antibiotics for a few days. There are infectious causes of scours. Getting diarrhea 24 hours after the bottle doesn't really sound like it was the…"
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Julieanne Cook's discussion It's not supposed be this easy, is it?
"It gradually changes over to mature milk over the course of 3-4 days, so you can freeze it and label it with the age of the colostrum. For example, I'd write, "36 hour colostrum" or "48 hour colostrum." "
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Integrated parasite management and FAMACHA training

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There are several videos on this page from the University of Rhode Island on parasite management, FAMACHA, and fecal testing.…Continue

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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

At 11:35pm on August 28, 2015, carolyn denison said…

working all day:'(very disappointed.  not able to join conference

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