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 Glenna Rose's discussion Comment please, alfalfa and males
"You hear about so many different management styles because everyone's situation is different, and I'm sure that your situation is even more different, being on a different continent in a different hemisphere and everything. Knock on wood,…"
Aug 24
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to susan nichols's discussion Confused about what to feed a ND buck - Big Time!
"We do copper about once every 4 months, or three times a year. We have high sulfur and iron in our well water, which binds with the copper, meaning that the goats have to consume a lot more copper than they otherwise would if we didn't have…"
Aug 21
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Katie Stedman's discussion Ivermectin paste dosage
"Assuming the horse ivermectin is 1.87%, and the cattle ivermectin is 1%... You normally double the cattle dose. Since the horse med  is almost twice as strong already, you only need a little more than the regular horse dosage. However, lots of…"
Aug 18
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Kelly Wood's discussion Ivermectin and age question
"Yes, I've used ivermectin on very young kids. Use 2X the cattle dosage, but that still winds up being <1 cc, so it's best if you use a 1 cc insulin syringe. However, I don't always have any of those and have just used tried to…"
Aug 15
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Kali Sink's discussion Picky Eater on the Milkstand
"What you are describing is totally normal. She's missing her kids. Do you have other goats?"
Aug 15
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Julieanne Cook's discussion Reflections on my first breeding season
"Thanks so much for sharing your experience! It is amazing how every goat has their own unique personality, and I really wouldn't have it any other way. Someone asked me last week if I had a favorite, and I said that I honestly love all of them…"
Aug 14
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Riley Tuyls's discussion Fencing Height
"It depends on the individual goats. If they are bottle babies, you will have a lot more trouble with goats escaping than if they were dam raised. I don't think we've ever had kids that age jumping our fences. They tend to look for openings…"
Aug 14
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Theresa B's discussion Milk Production Expectations
"Congratulations! That's awesome! "
Aug 14
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Jabe Thomas's discussion Prime Breeding Age For Bucks
"A 4-year-old is still in his prime. Assuming he is getting good nutrition, he has a few more years in him. I never had a problem with fertility in my bucks until one turned 8 years old. It seems most bucks only live to 9 or 10, which is quite a bit…"
Aug 13
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Marie S.'s discussion BoSe/Selenium gel question
"That looks like the ingredients that were in the selenium I used to get from Caprine Supply. The idea behind free choice is that the goats will take what they need. Having wheat middlings as the medium is excellent because the goats won't…"
Aug 13
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Patty Meyer's discussion Septuplets for Sinai Thunder doe
"They're adorable! But since I know a lot of newbies read this site, I have to add that maybe one in a million does could feed seven kids. Here's a blog post that I wrote about that…"
Aug 13
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Julieanne Cook's discussion Question about ND butterfat % and soapmaking
"I've been using this one ever since I started making soap in 2003:"
Aug 9
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Julieanne Cook's discussion Question about ND butterfat % and soapmaking
"It's not a big deal. Years ago I did the math, and I don't remember any longer what the exact numbers were, but basically you WANT your soap to be super-fatted, so by using ND milk, you're doing that. When I use a lye calculator for…"
Aug 8
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to WoodsEdge's discussion ADM feeds
"That's a great copper level, especially if you have hard water. I'd be hesitant to switch to something with less copper, if they're doing well on that. If they are picking through it, it's true they're not getting…"
Aug 7
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to WoodsEdge's discussion ADM feeds
"It could be better in terms of copper. I always say that you should never do something simply because someone else is doing it. There are many things that cause goats to look wonderful or do terribly. Your farm is probably not exactly like your…"
Aug 6
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Julieanne Cook's discussion Bye-bye to my first baby
"I used to really worry about my kids, but since virtually all of them have been just fine in their new homes, I don't worry much any longer. So, yes, it does get easier."
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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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