Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goats

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Deborah Niemann-Boehle
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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Annieday's discussion How do you know when infection is gone??
"If she doesn't have hair around her eyes, that's copper deficiency. It's pretty obviously odd and just as simple as it sounds. Since I didn't see your doe in labor, it's hard to second guess everything. However, if you had…"
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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Annieday's discussion How do you know when infection is gone??
"We've only had one uterine infection that I recall, and it was as I said -- my daughter had her arm in the doe up to her elbow, and it took a long time to get things sorted out. The doe was off feed and had a raging fever in a day or two. She…"
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Annieday's discussion How do you know when infection is gone??
"Thanks for joining the group! Your situation is very specific, so it wouldn't be answered in any book. First of all, your doe may have never gotten an infection. The only does we've ever had that got infections were those where we had our…"
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Katharine Norton's discussion Mother rejected kid
"It's the best of the options you have."
Sep 18
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Katharine Norton's discussion Mother rejected kid
"Sounds about right for colostrum. Lots of people have raised kids on cow milk, so you could use that, but get as much colostrum into the kid as possible first. They sell copper in the U.K. Can you order from U.K. websites? Even in the US we have to…"
Sep 18
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Katharine Norton's discussion Mother rejected kid
"Since you're asking if this doe will ever accept kids, I'm assuming this is a first freshener. If anything goes wrong in the birth with FFs, they are very likely to ignore or reject the kids. Also, premies are often rejected with FFs…"
Sep 18
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Naomi D'Andrea's discussion Burdizzo Possible Fail
"I've never checked the testicles daily, so can't say how they feel or appear every day afterwards, but if they are all the same on all four testicles, then you probably did the deed because you only had doubts on one. So, it's likely…"
Sep 9
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Naomi D'Andrea's discussion Burdizzo Possible Fail
"Didn't see this until I'd posted my original answer. I'd go ahead and "measure" the scrotums now and then check again the day they leave. If one side failed, I'd think you'd feel the difference fairly quickly…"
Sep 7
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Naomi D'Andrea's discussion Burdizzo Possible Fail
"We've never experienced a fail in goat kids, but I did have several failures in rams that I castrated at 6 months. I think it happened because they had wool on their scrotum, and I think that cushioned the cord enough to cause several to not…"
Sep 7
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Jess Johnson's discussion Urinary calculi in 3.5 month wether
"An intestinal blockage is one of the only things that causes constipation in goats. And mineral oil or an enema usually does not do the trick because it's usually not something small enough for the goat to poop out -- which is why in that post,…"
Sep 7
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Deborah Eddleman's discussion Introduction
"Welcome to the group! It's a great idea to watch someone disbud in person the first time. That's what we did. I don't think I saw what part of the country you're in."
Aug 29
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Naomi D'Andrea's discussion Best Wishes to Deborah and Family!
"Thanks so much! I am so excited!"
Aug 28
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Crystal Parker's discussion ??Using meloxicam for pain???
"I don't recall hearing of anyone giving kids pain meds for banding, although banding does hurt. It varies from kid to kid. Some seem to get over it fairly quickly, and some scream for hours and throw themselves on the ground, etc. I'm…"
Aug 27
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Crystal Parker's discussion New Mama
"Welcome! They say that if you ask ten different goat owners a question, you'll get ten different answers. Glad you haven't been overwhelmed by that!"
Aug 26
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to salviadorrii's discussion Doe adopts newborn days before she is due
"Congratulations! If you have a scale that weighs in ounces, it would be a good idea to keep track of their weight. They should average around 4 ounces a day each over the course of several days. In other words, some days may be 2-3 ounces while…"
Aug 26
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to salviadorrii's discussion Doe adopts newborn days before she is due
"I haven't read any research on this in goats, but I know with humans doing tandem nursing, there is no worry about the toddler consuming all of the colostrum. Its production is a function of what is happening in the mom's body -- giving…"
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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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