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 Jennifer Simons's discussion Goat sits like dog
"If she never tucks her front legs under her, she could be getting arthritis, but typically if a goat is that bad, they will have hair growing on their knees (rather than the calluses that you normally see)."
Feb 10
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Jennifer Simons's discussion Goat sits like dog
"I have a 6-year-old doe that sits like that when she's pregnant. Her mama sat like that also when she was pregnant. They've both carried five TWICE, so I think it might be the only way they can get comfortable. About 13-14 years ago I had…"
Feb 10
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Julia M Willams's discussion 3 Year Old First Fresheners
"Beautiful soap, Bev! It's interesting that you didn't cover it. I don't see any ash on the top. I initially didn't worry about covering mine, but it did get that very thin coating of white ash, and some customers would think it…"
Feb 10
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Tiffani Wilson's discussion newborn with breathing trouble
"So sorry! You really did everything you could. Thanks for updating us. {hugs}"
Feb 10
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to polly jackson's discussion ammonium chloride for bucks
"I'd agree with everything your vet said. Wethers are more likely to have problems with stones because their urethra may be smaller, although research on this has been mixed. So, your buck may also have stones, but he may be passing them without…"
Feb 10
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Maggie's discussion Udder development
"First fresheners generally do not bag up as early or as large as does that have freshened in the past. But it's all relative and without a due date, there's not much you can figure out ahead of time. Don't worry about shaving her…"
Feb 7
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Maggie's discussion Labor signs
"Good luck! Let us know how it goes! And of course, we all love to see baby pictures. :)"
Feb 4
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Rose Stuart's discussion KIDDING
"I'd order the Copasure and give them that ASAP because it will work faster than the free choice mineral. It's available through Jeffers and other online sites. Limestone is basically calcium, which can also cause copper deficiency. I…"
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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Maggie's discussion Labor signs
"I've seen goats do that. I figure that if humans can have false labor, so can goats. The udder is a big sign. If you walk out there and see her udder and say, "Whoa!" that's usually a good indication that she's getting close…"
Feb 3
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Rose Stuart's discussion KIDDING
"An all stock mineral block does not have anywhere near the amount of minerals that goats need -- especially copper, which can cause all kinds of problems with fertility, premature labor, miscarriages, unhealthy kids, etc. And if you are on well…"
Feb 3
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Tiffani Wilson's discussion Tiny weak kid
"I've never had a problem with overfeeding a newborn, and I pretty much let them have as much as they want (as detailed in my previous post). With older kids, if they get too much, they'll just get diarrhea, but you cut back, and…"
Feb 3
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Rose Stuart's discussion KIDDING
"This sounds like a problem with mineral deficiency. What do you do for mineral supplementation? Do you have well water? Finding four dead quads could have simply been because the doe gave birth to them too quickly to get them cleaned off, so they…"
Feb 2
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Linda Klein's discussion Bred to a much bigger goat?
"In this situation, most people get lutalyse from their vet and inject the does a week after they were exposed to the buck. If they got pregnant, you would likely need to have a c-section. Even if they did manage to give birth, they could wind up…"
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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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