Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goats

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Deborah Niemann-Boehle
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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to WoodsEdge's discussion Teat size
"As Julianne said, the answer is yes, but the definition of "small" can vary a lot from person to person. When I first got goats, I complained constantly about the small teats on a doe that I eventually came to learn actually had really…"
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Melissa Johnson's discussion Tube feeding
"Bubbles do sometimes come out and pop before the kid. That's not a big deal and nothing to worry about. The cord does sometimes look like a white rope that you describe. If she is not nursing a kid and you are not milking her, she is dried up…"
Jul 19
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Judy Metcalf's discussion Goats got into feed!
"Yes. You do need to toss their milk. What drug is in the feed? You can check the website for drug withdrawal, as that's the first place I'd check, and I won't be back online tonight."
Jul 18
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Melissa Johnson's discussion Tube feeding
"Sorry to hear all of that. If the placenta started separating before the kid was born, she was probably oxygen deprived, which is not good. Glad to hear the mom is doing better."
Jul 18
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Julia @Woody Glen Farm's discussion Free choice selenium... need new choices
"It's really not that great. Sweetlix Meat Maker has 50 ppm selenium. At first 90 ppm sounds great -- until you realize that the Redmond is about 90% salt, so the animals won't consume that much of the product. Sweetlix has only 10% salt,…"
Jul 17
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Leah Martin's discussion Shipping kids
"Yes, you can ship two in a crate, but there are some limitations, such as weight, which vary by airline. You can find the answer by reading their web pages."
Jul 12
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Trish's discussion re-breeding question
"If you don't know why she aborted, then no one could say whether or not it will happen again. If it was something infectious like toxoplasmosis that she got from a barn cat, then she should be fine in the future. If it was something like copper…"
Jul 11
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Leah Martin's discussion Shipping kids
"We've been shipping goats for years. The specific requirements vary by airline. We've only used American or Delta because they're the closest for us. We once received a goat shipped via Alaska Airlines. I prefer Delta, but there are…"
Jul 11
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Melissa Johnson's discussion Tube feeding
"Sorry this is a little late. I've been traveling. 2.2 pounds would be 35 ounces, so it needs 3.5 ounces in the first 24 hours, and 1.75 ounces in the first six hours. I actually feel much better if I can get 10% in them within the first six…"
Jul 11
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Marie S.'s discussion baby with respiratory issues
"This is the kind I use. "
Jul 11
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Julieanne Cook's discussion Mineral Feeders - there has to be a better way!
"Browse is best, and wethers shouldn't have grain. You should have free choice minerals available for all goats. Milkers need more nutrients because they are producing milk."
Jul 9
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Kali Sink's discussion Milk Production - Nursing Doe
"In the scenario you are describing, I'd expect about 4 cups. Given your inexperience and the fact that you're using a small hand milker, I'm sure you are not actually getting her empty."
Jul 7
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Emily's discussion EmLab Pregnancy tests
"Awesome! Thanks so much for sharing! I'll definitely be buying some. This is even better than the milk test because it can be done on does not in milk, and the results are instant! The milk test is $1.50 each, but you have to mail in the milk,…"
Jul 6
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Julia @Woody Glen Farm's discussion Disbudded kid having pain, grinding teeth
"That's why I cringe when I hear people say to hold the iron on the kid's head for a count of 10. People have gone through a goat kid's skull by holding the iron on for too long. A vet professor told me that, AND it happened to someone…"
Jul 6
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Julia @Woody Glen Farm's discussion Disbudded kid having pain, grinding teeth
"If the iron has never been glowing red before and you held it on there the usual amount of time, it might have been too much. A temp of 104 is pretty high, assuming you didn't find her laying in the sun or anything like that, which could have…"
Jul 5
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Julia @Woody Glen Farm's discussion Disbudded kid having pain, grinding teeth
"Sounds like you know that grinding teeth means a kid is in pain. The swollen eyelid means the iron got a little too close to their eye. That happened when the vet disbudded our first goats. He was using a huge calf disbudding iron. I've never…"
Jul 5

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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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