Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goats

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Maggie
  • Female
  • Lakeside, CA
  • United States
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Listeria

Started this discussion. Last reply by Deborah Niemann-Boehle Aug 30. 5 Replies

I just moved from California to Virginia. I’ve only been here a month and yesterday I lost a buck to listeriosis and another one is ill but receiving treatment. Whether it was climate or something…Continue

Breeding age for buck

Started this discussion. Last reply by Maggie Jun 2. 4 Replies

Guys what is the youngest you’ve successfully used a buckling for breeding? I’m making my breeding plans for next year and I have a buckling I’m planning on using with a doe I usually breed in…Continue

Extremely thin buck

Started this discussion. Last reply by Deborah Niemann-Boehle Feb 20. 3 Replies

Guys I’m looking for suggestions on helping a buck fatten back up. He’s finished breeding for this year and while I know bucks tend to lose weight during rut his weight loss seems excessive. He is…Continue

Fertility

Started this discussion. Last reply by Deborah Niemann-Boehle Feb 17. 6 Replies

How potentially fertile is a two week old buck? I have a buckling that is acting as if he were in full rut. I’ve never had one act like this so early. Tongue flapping, blubbering, peeing, and now…Continue

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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Maggie's discussion Listeria
"We keep our hay on pallets and even then, we have to be very careful with the bottom bales. We wind up throwing quite a few into the compost pile. Our barn floor is concrete, which is not great. "
Aug 30
Maggie replied to Maggie's discussion Listeria
"Thank you so much for your help and info. Yeah where we were in southern Cali there were no deer close to us at all. Originally the hay was on the dirt floor in the barn. Which is where I believe the problem arose. Now it has been moved so that…"
Aug 30
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Maggie's discussion Listeria
"Symptoms of the two are very similar, so diagnosis is usually made based upon other things. Based on what you've said about your hay, it sounds like that's your problem. Do you have the hay sitting directly on the ground or on…"
Aug 30
Maggie replied to Maggie's discussion Listeria
"Are the symptoms similar with meningeal worms? So far between the one that died and the one currently sick we’ve seen Head tilt, eye twitching, neck pulling back to one side, loss of appetite and desire for water. Dark pink eyelids and…"
Aug 29
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Maggie's discussion Listeria
"We had a case of listeriosis about 16 years ago, and we had a goat with meningeal worm that temporarily misdiagnosed with listeriosis about five years ago.  Listeriosis is usually caused by feed. Haylage or silage is usually the culprit, but it…"
Aug 29
Maggie posted a discussion

Listeria

I just moved from California to Virginia. I’ve only been here a month and yesterday I lost a buck to listeriosis and another one is ill but receiving treatment. Whether it was climate or something else I’m not sure but in the 6 years I’ve owned goats listeria was not a worry for me. No vet talked about it no fellow breeder had issues with it. So I didn’t know or recognize the signs in time for my one buck sadly. My questions are 1. Is there anything I can do to prevent the goats getting…See More
Aug 27
Maggie replied to Maggie's discussion Breeding age for buck
"I usually do the same. I like to see at least one, ideally two breedings. My particular guy already notices and tries to mount does in heat but isnt tall enough to get things where they need to be. Hopefully when the time comes he’ll still…"
Jun 2
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Maggie's discussion Breeding age for buck
"Just circling back to this because one of my Goats 365 members texted me with this exact situation, except the doe was in heat that day, and she wanted to use a 5-month-old buck. I pretty much told her that she can try but no guarantees, and a…"
Jun 2
Maggie replied to Maggie's discussion Breeding age for buck
"Thanks so much!"
May 16
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Maggie's discussion Breeding age for buck
"That is the youngest I've ever had a buck succeed -- and it was totally accidental. When I was traveling a few years ago and gone for weeks at a time, I came home and discovered four bucklings in with my does -- one five-month-old and three…"
May 16
Maggie posted a discussion

Breeding age for buck

Guys what is the youngest you’ve successfully used a buckling for breeding? I’m making my breeding plans for next year and I have a buckling I’m planning on using with a doe I usually breed in September. At that time he will be 5 months old. Should I wait A couple months or do you think he could get it done successfully at that age?
May 13
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Maggie's discussion Extremely thin buck
"Dumor does not make a pelleted dewormer. Dumor medicated goat feed is a coccidiostat, which prevents coccidia. Adults don't normally have a problem with coccidia. Medicated feeds are really just useful for kids at weaning, which is when…"
Feb 20
Maggie replied to Maggie's discussion Extremely thin buck
"Ok I just need to be more serious about it then I guess. I’ll call my vet out. He had a Dumore pellet dewormer because I already had some and that’s what I was thinking was his problem too. I just wanted to try to get something in him…"
Feb 20
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Maggie's discussion Extremely thin buck
"Other than a couple of diseases that you really don't want, it really sounds like worms. When you say he was dewormed, what do you mean? What dewormer was used? What strength? What was the dosage exactly? How often have you used that dewormer…"
Feb 20
Maggie posted a discussion

Extremely thin buck

Guys I’m looking for suggestions on helping a buck fatten back up. He’s finished breeding for this year and while I know bucks tend to lose weight during rut his weight loss seems excessive. He is skin and bones. I’ve increased his hay and he always seems to have a lot left over now. He also has access to some browse. I haven’t noticed any odd chewing but I’m going to watch him more over the next few days. He was recently dewormed. He seems to be pooping normally he’s just progressively gotten…See More
Feb 20
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Maggie's discussion Fertility
"It does sound like it would be funny to watch! "
Feb 17

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