Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goats

for people who love the littlest dairy goats

April Keller
  • Female
  • West Plains, MO
  • United States
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Cream Separation....

Started this discussion. Last reply by Deborah Niemann-Boehle Sep 14, 2012. 10 Replies

Could on of those fat separators work to get the cream off the top???? When our milk stays in the fridge there is at least 1/2 to an inch of cream at the top and thought about making some butter...…Continue

How long do you dump the milk.........

Started this discussion. Last reply by Deborah Niemann-Boehle May 17, 2012. 7 Replies

How long after a does freshens do you NOT drink the milk? I have 6 does that range from 12 to 5 days fresh. My milk seems to get a funny taste after 2 days in the fridge... I worked on a cow dairy…Continue

Seasoning the cheese....

Started this discussion. Last reply by April Keller Sep 27, 2011. 11 Replies

What can you put in cheese? Dried or fresh herbs or spices???? Going to try my hand at it... Continue

Quart a day?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Deborah Niemann-Boehle Sep 27, 2011. 15 Replies

Is this a lot for a Nigerian? Or Pygmy for that matter since that's what I am milking. I have one doe that just freshened and is giving me at least a quart a day just by herself. What is the most…Continue

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Sweet Acres
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http://www.sweetacresminiatures.com

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At 1:24pm on August 18, 2011, Dawn Greer said…
I hate to say it, but just running high tensile wire with electric and a few strands of barbed wire in between are probably the perfect combination and I just might try that! Thanks for the idea! I am in Illinois now, but when I get down and moved to MO in a couple of months, I'd love to come have a visit with you and see your goats!
At 12:46pm on August 18, 2011, Dawn Greer said…
Yes, I have been warned about the jumping! That is why I am going to plan on going 6 feet tall. I will use 6 inch round timbers for main posts and then space smaller posts in between, attaching fence all the way to the bottom, and then run timber all the way around the bottom and top rail. Just about the bottom timber, set INSIDE the fence about six inches, I was told to run a hot wire to keep them from messing with bottom of the fence. We'll see if that works? Also, a hot wire run about half way up may make them think twice about rubbing? I am thinking about providing a "rubbing fence" in the middle of the pasture, along with toys and things to climb on that will keep their interest more in the middle of the field too. I'm approaching this as if I am back in anthropology class at the U of Arkansas....these goats can't be smarter than chimps. We learned that as long as the chimps had something constructive to do...like games, toys, etc....they left their enclosures alone. I will try that approach with my goats and see what happens.
At 12:31pm on August 18, 2011, Dawn Greer said…
I have quite a bit of timber that I can cut to make my own posts and rail fence. That's strong enough for horses, so it should be fine for goats. If I do 6 ft tall, with a hot wire at the bottom and one at the top, that should do pretty good. If they get out of that, I'll just have to roll with the punches! LOL
At 12:05pm on August 18, 2011, Dawn Greer said…
I have never raised goats. been around them a lot, raised other livestock, but I am new to goats. I am hearing this same thing from a lot of people about fencing. I am thinking about running electric fence and webbed panels. It sounds like it is going to be an interesting game?
At 11:24am on August 18, 2011, Dawn Greer said…

Hi April!

Sure, we can chat! I'd love to pick yer brain a little. Right now, I have a LOT of questions about fencing options. 

 

Dawn

 
 
 


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