Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goats

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Measurements for cut out door

Started Mar 26 0 Replies

I want to cut out an area in the barn so the goats can out out to a fenced in chain link pen area if they need to (they free range during the day though).  Does anyone have any suggestion on the size…Continue

re-breeding question

Started this discussion. Last reply by Trish Jul 12, 2016. 2 Replies

Last year my nigerian dwarf doe had two kids. This year, in January 2016 she aborted three bucklings two weeks before delivery. I saw this stuff hanging out of her and thought oh, she is in…Continue

combing bucks

Started this discussion. Last reply by Trish Oct 19, 2015. 3 Replies

I have two bucks, ages about 2 years... one has horns the other has scurs and have been living together.  I want to put my 6 month old buck, whom I've kept separated with a weather, in with the two…Continue

Question yearly breeding.

Started this discussion. Last reply by Trish Jul 26, 2015. 2 Replies

When one breeds one a year, do most people do it:1) once year from conception or2) once year from birth?Continue

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Trish replied to Maggie's discussion Castration
"Oh, plus  no one will buy my registered wethers with sacks hanging down esp. for show for 4H.  It's very unsightly using burdizzo."
May 4
Trish replied to Maggie's discussion Castration
"Yes .. kids won't mess with the bands and they act like nothing even happened...the sack falls off and no blood no infections nothing, best way I have found as well as my breeder friends and I have extremely positive feed back on banding and…"
May 4
Trish replied to Maggie's discussion Castration
"I have found the only time I would advise Burdizzo is on adult bucks..but you better have someone strong to hold them  LOL....   kids banding is preferred."
May 4
Trish replied to Maggie's discussion Castration
"Yes m'am I surely do disbud... one gets immune to it.  My doelings don't make too much noise the bucklings are the crybabies.  My aversion is NOT to the screaming as I've seen people use the burdizzo and it's very…"
Mar 26
Trish replied to Maggie's discussion Castration
"I have personally as a human had cuts with rusty nails and nothing...  It is precautions not absolutes where I find some forums always say absolutes... I go on experience... But again, I'm not gonna argue the point you feel your way and…"
Mar 26
Trish replied to Jess Johnson's discussion Burdizzo fail
"I'm out there every 2 hours and know all my goats and what they do...  I'm not gonna argue the point, I think it's unfair to let people think one is the only way when so many other don't do it the way a forum says. …"
Mar 26
Trish replied to Jess Johnson's discussion Burdizzo fail
"I guess I've never experience that ever in 10+ years.. they just get up and go on their merry way like it never happened.  I follow up with my buyers and ask if everything is all right after banding the bucklings, and they say yes no…"
Mar 26
Trish replied to Maggie's discussion Castration
"Ok,   Everyone has to choose which they think is right.  I have never had that experience with blood and as no one in my area even has experienced tetnus either. Even most of the successful breeders in northern NM don't even give…"
Mar 26
Trish replied to Emily's discussion Feeding horse feed
"I do and some brands have diatomaceous earth mixed in as well a higher copper content.  I have fed for a few years to bucks and does off and on inbetween hay and with.  Sometimes I even soak in water and they love that.  I do NOT feed…"
Mar 26
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Measurements for doggie door like cut out

I want to cut out an area in the barn so the goats can out out to a fenced in chain link pen area if they need to (they free range during the day though).  Does anyone have any suggestion on the size of the cut out so full grown nigerians can exit.  I also don't know what kind of  "flap" (for lack of a better word) or plywood to secure  the cut out  from external elements rain, snakes etc.  Also better doing it from the inside or outside? Pics would be helpful.All suggestions would be…See More
Mar 26
Trish replied to Jess Johnson's discussion Burdizzo fail
"That's why I use banding, never fails and is painless."
Mar 26
Trish replied to Maggie's discussion Castration
"I band my bucklings at 2 months and have nver had issues.  It is bloodless castration and painless.  Burdizzo is painful crushing the cord and it leaves the sack behind which is unsightly.  Banding removes the sack and it falls off on…"
Mar 26

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At 5:22pm on October 1, 2012, Heather Vernon said…

Wow! That is horrible.. I have seen castration on horses.. but they knock them out first… I can’t imagine him being awake for that..  Trust me Banding is the way to go... easy.. pretty much pain free (everything goes numb in just a few min.. no crying either).. and no blood. They walk around stiff legged for about 20 min.. Then act like nothing happened at all. It's also really easy to do and just takes a few seconds.

If you’re interested here is a video on banding :

I prefer to have them setting up in someone’s lap (like a human baby) so I can see the teats and hairline while doing it.

Don't let that experience keep you from getting wethers.. They are the best.

Also as a side note.. we like to band them a week before weaning that way they are still with mommy.. the comforting the mothers give during that first hour seems to really help the babies.


At 2:06pm on October 1, 2012, Heather Vernon said…

I do give the Tentus Toxoid to the Does.. it's in the CD&T.. Once yearly.. Then before breeding.. and again at 4 weeks to due date.

Bad vets.. the lament of all goat owners. I am very lucky that my horse vet (who is awesome!) lets me tell her what I need for the goats and why and she will call in a prescription for me. In fact she has called me a few times now while out with other peoples goats looking for advice.

How did Bens castration get done? We band ours and have had no issues.. Much less needing to put medication on the area. Sounds like they cut them off??

Giving you fair warning.. Goats are like Pringles (Slogan: Once you pop you just can’t stop).. We started with two as well.. just to do some 4H shows with my daughter.. Now we are up to 11 goats and will be breeding Miss Hawaii in November. :o)



At 1:21pm on October 1, 2012, Heather Vernon said…

Sorry this turned out longer then I thought it would!! HAHA!!

A Nigerian Dairy goat is a miniature dairy goat with a more elegant structure.. Where as a African Pygmy goat is a miniature meat goat who are bred to be cobby and heavy boned.

I grain my goats once a day.. I use  DuMor Goat that I get at Tractor Supply (1cup)..  Noble Goat is fine.. . Mostly you want to look at the contents of the feed. After pulling it up online the Noble and DuMor are fairly equal with some minor differences. I also feed my goats “Calf Mana”.. But again I have pygmies so I want them to be bulky(1 Cup Bucks – ½ cup wether/does).

The alfalfa I feed about 1 flake a day in a pen with 2 goats. Yes mine also waste most of it. They really only like the leafy part of the alfalfa. In the evenings I will dump the remaining alfalfa into my horses stall. (She is not so picky). Again I want my goats bulky.. so I give them as much alfalfa as they want.

I give the CD&T once a year to our wethers.. The does will get the CD&T again before breeding then again 4 weeks before kidding (due date). The Bucks also get it before breeding season.. I normally do my yearly in September so that everyone is done at the same time so I don’t get confused. Plus breeding season is normally October/November.

I also worm my goats in September and March (Spring & Fall).. I also give my goats BoSe when I worm.. and Does will also get BoSe at the 4 weeks to due date (When I give the CD&T booster). In NM we are Selenium deficient.. That is why I give it.. (Needs a vet prescription).

Then minerals.. There are sooo many kinds of minerals to pick.. any goat person you talk to will have their favorite one.  I keep a mineral block in each pen (I like “Billy Block – Berry Bush”). I also feed Manna Pro Goat Minerals with their feed. My friend that was a Nigerian judge feeds Purina 12:12 horse minerals (keeps in pan in pen for free choice eating). For whatever reason my goats did not like it… so I started using the Manna Pro pellets in the feed.

If you have not yet been to the Fias Co Farms website I would highly recommend it.  I love the fact she gives several options for each issue/treatment/medicine/vaccination/etc.  I still refer to this site when something comes up that I have not dealt with before.

Let me know if you have any more questions.. Hope this info was helpful!!

At 9:21am on October 1, 2012, Heather Vernon said…

Hi Trish.. I only have Pygmies.. but they are fairly close to the Nigerians. I also have a friend that lives in Albuquerque who was a Nigerian Judge and breeder until recently (She is now only doing pygmy goats). I am happy to help with anything you might need. If I don't know the answer I can always call my friend. I have been told that Nigerians are WAY easier then Pygmies. :o)


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