Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goats

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Jabe Thomas
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What are YOU feeding your milking does?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Maggie Sep 26. 6 Replies

I seem to always be going back and forth on what to feed our milkers. For several years, I have been feeding DuMor sweet feed, mixing in BOSS, sometimes alfalfa pellets. Our goats always have access…Continue

When to separate a buckling

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jabe Thomas May 15. 2 Replies

Just hoping to hear from those who have experience weaning bucklings and preparing them to leave the farm. We have always wethered our bucklings, but have been working to improve our herd and have a…Continue

Tags: weaning, buckling

Changes to ADGA Registration???

Started this discussion. Last reply by Deborah Niemann-Boehle Jul 28, 2018. 1 Reply

May be a silly question, but is it possible to change the color and/or the name of a registered doe? As I've learned more about Nigerians (and goats in general), I realize:1. I've given at least one…Continue

Tags: color, Registration, ADGA

Buck with Bald Patches

Started this discussion. Last reply by Michael Garwood Jun 28, 2018. 4 Replies

Hello All:Recently, I've noticed several bald patches on my buck. Initially, I thought it to be mites (and it still could be), but in reading some of the threads here, it may be a zinc deficiency…Continue

Tags: buck, mites, Nu-Stock, deficiency, patches

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Maggie replied to Jabe Thomas's discussion What are YOU feeding your milking does?
"My milkers and pregnant does get alfalfa and some Bermuda plus access to pasture and browse. They get Purina dairy parlor feed on the milk stand only. All of my goats have access to free choice mineral all the time. My bucks, dry does, and wethers…"
Sep 26
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Jabe Thomas's discussion What are YOU feeding your milking does?
"They have straight timothy pellets at our TSC, so I buy those. Orchard grass would also be good. Too much alfalfa will cause zinc deficiency in bucks because of the excess calcium. It's very easy to fix though. If they start blowing their coat…"
Sep 13
Jabe Thomas replied to Jabe Thomas's discussion What are YOU feeding your milking does?
"Speaking of bucks... I do give them very small amounts of grain each day, basically as a treat and to build a relationship with them (we don't typically have a reason to 'visit' them, especially this time of year!). You say if your…"
Sep 13
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Jabe Thomas's discussion What are YOU feeding your milking does?
"I used to feed Purina Goat Chow then switched to Dumor Sweet Goat when I realized it had the same nutritional analysis and was a couple dollars cheaper. Then the local feed mill agreed to mix up feed for me that basically matched the nutritional…"
Sep 12
Jabe Thomas replied to Jabe Thomas's discussion What are YOU feeding your milking does?
"Thanks for the reply Deborah. You know, just when I think I've got something figured out, the next thing I know, I'm reading online, or talking to a breeder, and I feel influenced to change. We typically have very healthy and strong goats,…"
Sep 12
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Jabe Thomas's discussion What are YOU feeding your milking does?
"There are rumors that everything in "high" in something. The iron level in sweet feed is nothing notable and definitely not high enough to cause a copper deficiency. The only molasses that has any iron in it is blackstrap molasses, and…"
Sep 11
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What are YOU feeding your milking does?

I seem to always be going back and forth on what to feed our milkers. For several years, I have been feeding DuMor sweet feed, mixing in BOSS, sometimes alfalfa pellets. Our goats always have access to Sweetlix Meat Maker loose mineral, Thorvin kelp, and sodium bicarbonate, and we provide a good alfalfa/grass hay. If we feel a doe's (in milk) condition needs improvement, we add Calf Manna (high in protein) to their ration on the stand. However, we've had some copper issues (we CB), and I've…See More
Sep 11
Jabe Thomas replied to Jabe Thomas's discussion When to separate a buckling
"Thanks Deborah... very helpful info. "
May 15
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Jabe Thomas's discussion When to separate a buckling
"I don't wean anyone earlier than 8 weeks, and then only if they are at least 20 pounds.  I really quit worrying about bucklings under 2.5 months getting doelings pregnant. Dominant goats mount everyone, regardless of gender, and I have a…"
May 14
Jabe Thomas posted a discussion

When to separate a buckling

Just hoping to hear from those who have experience weaning bucklings and preparing them to leave the farm. We have always wethered our bucklings, but have been working to improve our herd and have a nice little buckling this time around that we are going to leave intact and sell to a 4H family. 1. I've read to wean as early as 7 weeks, and as late as 4 months. What is your optimum age to separate? Would love some discussion on that. Both our little bucklings (5 1/2 weeks) are mounting some of…See More
May 14

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