Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goats

for people who love the littlest dairy goats

Melissa Johnson
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  • Eugene, OR
  • United States
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Cream at lactation end

Started this discussion. Last reply by Julieanne Cook Jan 26. 6 Replies

6 month lactation for this doe. I'm drying her up and am milking once every day or day and half as needed. My last two milkings surprised me with the cream! Anyone else ever see this?I'm floored.…Continue

Tube feeding

Started this discussion. Last reply by Melissa Johnson Jul 19, 2016. 7 Replies

Have a baby that I have to tube feed. -(. It weighs 2 .2 lbs. fed it 1 1/2 ounce hour and half ago.Told that too much. Help. Weak, kid, no suck reflex, all day. Breech birth with hock bent against…Continue

Doe due in 3 weeks seeing some dried blood

Started this discussion. Last reply by Melissa Johnson Feb 11, 2016. 2 Replies

I have a doe due March 2 and I just separated her from the other does. She has a little dried blood on her vulva and when she peed it was a little pink, but that could have been the dried stuff being…Continue

Know your dosages

Started this discussion. Last reply by Melissa Johnson Mar 30, 2016. 10 Replies

Have to share this. We all know things could go array but just don't think it really will. Just read on another site, someone with standard goats, dosed her goat kids per her vet, with Mu-Se. She had…Continue

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Melissa Johnson replied to Charmaine Slaven's discussion Reburning Scurs
"That's why I used the band. It did work. The scur was curling towards her head. It did take awhile."
Apr 6
Julieanne Cook replied to Melissa Johnson's discussion Cream at lactation end
"I imagine the butterfat is higher in winter because Mother Nature knows that if a doe is feeding kids in winter, they'll need the extra fat and calories to stay warm.  I've been working on drying my doe off, but she doesn't seem…"
Jan 26
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Melissa Johnson's discussion Cream at lactation end
"Does do not get thin six months into lactation -- because they are not making that much milk. They should be in excellent condition by then. They are in the worst condition around 6 WEEKS because that's when their milk is at its peak. If she is…"
Jan 26
Melissa Johnson replied to Melissa Johnson's discussion Cream at lactation end
"I haven't seen that much cream before, but I haven't been milking in January either! Nice to know she's not so unusual!"
Jan 26
Melissa Johnson replied to Melissa Johnson's discussion Cream at lactation end
"Thanks, the biggest thing with me is I don't like to milk in the winter! However, that is the least busy time. I will adhere to your advice on the milking routine. I didn't know I might be leading to mastitis! This does milk production…"
Jan 26
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Melissa Johnson's discussion Cream at lactation end
"Butterfat tends to get really high in winter, so this is not unusual. Six months is not anywhere near the end of a full lactation for an average milk goat, which is 10 months, although some can go much longer. The last few years we have switched to…"
Jan 25
Julieanne Cook replied to Melissa Johnson's discussion Cream at lactation end
"Wow, that's some gorgeous cream! Time to make lotion! I believe you, one of my does gives a lot of cream in her milk. I think people with full sized goats don't realize how creamy Nigerian Dwarf milk can be. "
Jan 25
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Cream at lactation end

6 month lactation for this doe. I'm drying her up and am milking once every day or day and half as needed. My last two milkings surprised me with the cream! Anyone else ever see this?I'm floored. Someone on another site questioned my honesty and suggested I had combined multiple goats milk. Wow.... Btw she's the only goat I have in milk.See More
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"This milk is from my doe pictured as profile. (That is not a current pic). However, I'm drying her up and milking once a day or day 1/2. This milk had sat in fridge for two days. I couldn't believe the cream. That's a first for me and…"
Jan 24
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Jul 31, 2016
Melissa Johnson replied to Melissa Johnson's discussion Tube feeding
"So, if I witness that again, don't be concerned about initiating an internal exam at that point?"
Jul 19, 2016

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Noahs Oak
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At 10:34am on June 4, 2015, Megan Green said…

Thanks for the help, Melissa. I'm treating the girls for lice. I'm actually in Alaska, and we still have lice issues even without heat and humidity. I just haven't had problems with any of my girls losing their fur because of lice, so I'm worried it's a deficiency issue. I gave them all a copper bolus and a bit of Bose, but am wondering if they need more zinc too. 

At 1:48am on February 7, 2013, Margaret Langley said…

BTW, meant to tell you that, I especially like Romeo's 8 month old pic. I think he looks pretty tuff in it too! He struck a really nice pose there. Love that deep Mahogany color especially with those eyes! I would love to get the color of that look in my herd one day!

At 7:44pm on February 4, 2013, Margaret Langley said…

Well, you may actually mean Oak, after all. He is on my profile pic! He is from Oldesouth farm! That was actually the first buck I found, but it took me longer to get him here. I bought him as a kid and he is not proven yet. He is 16 months now and has 4 wives, so hopefully soon he will have children. You couldn't ask for one to pose any better than he did in that pic. He really was strutin' his stuff wasn't he? He was just as beautiful, when I finally got to him in person too. Only now he is so black! You wouldn't believe how that hair has grown out all black looking! He is still really tiny and short! Hope he grows some more. Sure he will as he is not even a year and a half yet. But I certainly do not think he will ever go over size, that's for sure. He is as fat as a little pig. Looked pregnant when I got him and still does. Very easy keeper! A real sweetheart too!

 
 
 


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