Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goats

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Kiley Tomjack
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Diatomaceous Earth

Started this discussion. Last reply by Deborah Niemann-Boehle Oct 8. 1 Reply

Has anyone used diatomaceous earth to help battle parasites and worms in NDG's? My husband read somewhere about a guy that gave his goats diatomaceous earth as a loose free choice type option like…Continue

We only want to keep 2 or 3 goats . .

Started this discussion. Last reply by Deborah Niemann-Boehle Jul 23. 7 Replies

My husband and I live on an acreage and are going to be starting our first NDG verture. I have done a lot of reading up on them and am learning all I can.  We will be getting them for their milk to…Continue

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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Kiley Tomjack's discussion Diatomaceous Earth
"Diatomaceous earth has been researched in controlled studies where they have control groups, and they have found no difference between goats that got it and the goats that did not get it. There was one study that showed reduced larvae on pasture…"
Oct 8
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Diatomaceous Earth

Has anyone used diatomaceous earth to help battle parasites and worms in NDG's? My husband read somewhere about a guy that gave his goats diatomaceous earth as a loose free choice type option like the loose minerals and it has worked wonders.  I was wondering what everyone else's experiences with it was.See More
Sep 28
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Kiley Tomjack's discussion We only want to keep 2 or 3 goats . .
"If I could sell kids for $1000 each, I'd be breeding my goats every year. That's why big breeders do not keep milking beyond a year. The money for them is in selling kids. There is no financial incentive for them to do extended lactations.…"
Jul 23
Cadybug Farm replied to Kiley Tomjack's discussion We only want to keep 2 or 3 goats . .
"So what are some of the breeding lines that have this level of production? There are many breeders who strive for quality, yet I've never before heard that NDG can produce milk for over 305 (ish) days. I would think renowned farms like Old…"
Jul 21
Glenna Rose replied to Kiley Tomjack's discussion We only want to keep 2 or 3 goats . .
"If you want goats for milk, buy only registered does from proven dairy lines.Regarding length of time milking, that will vary from goat to goat.  For first fresheners, I suggest breeding them again in the fall and drying them up early.…"
Jul 21
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Kiley Tomjack's discussion We only want to keep 2 or 3 goats . .
"We have been able to milk NDs for two or three years. We had one doe that only ever kidded three times in her entire life. We are now milking all of our does on extended lactations to basically prove it can be done.  The only does we ever had…"
Jul 20
Cadybug Farm replied to Kiley Tomjack's discussion We only want to keep 2 or 3 goats . .
"Our experience and understanding is that for Nigerian Dwarf goats, they are only in milk for around 300 days, so slightly less than a year. Some of the standard breeds can be in milk for a couple of years and so maybe something like the mini-nubians…"
Jul 20
Kiley Tomjack commented on polly jackson's photo
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"What color is this goat?  I'm new to NGD and want to use the right term.  I love this color!"
Jul 16
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Kiley Tomjack's discussion We only want to keep 2 or 3 goats . .
"On second thought, if you only want two or three goats, I'd start with a doe in milk and her kid. The kid will keep up the milk supply while you're learning. That way you can milk her for a couple of years while you decide if you really…"
Jul 11
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Kiley Tomjack's discussion We only want to keep 2 or 3 goats . .
"Welcome to the group and to the wonderful world of goats!  The market for pet goats or dairy goats varies from one area to another. Some areas are saturated, while people in other areas have no trouble selling kids.  Some good news for you…"
Jul 11
Kiley Tomjack replied to Mary Cox's discussion Nebraska Newbie
"Hello!!!  Nebraska girl here too!!  New to the group, just joined today.  Nice to meet you!"
Jul 9
Kiley Tomjack posted a discussion

We only want to keep 2 or 3 goats . .

My husband and I live on an acreage and are going to be starting our first NDG verture. I have done a lot of reading up on them and am learning all I can.  We will be getting them for their milk to drink and make soap and such with.  We only want 2 or 3. What do you do with the babies you don't want to keep?  I know you have to breed them to keep the milk production going but I doubt we will keep all the babies.  Is the market for selling baby goats that big?  I am not interested in eating goat…See More
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