Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goats

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Trish
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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

disbudded question

Started this discussion. Last reply by Trish Jun 10, 2015. 4 Replies

Deborah?My buckling was disbudded at 11 days and also did the figure 8 for the scurs.  The burns went well as each of the "4" burns had the copper ring.  It appears that the front part is flat, the…Continue

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Trish replied to Glenna Rose's discussion Comment please, alfalfa and males
"My opinion which has worked for all my bucks...I do not ever feed alfalfa.  I did in the beginning and I noticed that they became very aggressive.  So for 8 years I do not feed alfalfa.  I feed, oat hay, sudan, tricale, higare,…"
Aug 27, 2016
Trish replied to Trish's discussion re-breeding question
"Thanks Deborah, at this point I don't even have a clue why.  The three  dead bucklings looked okay except I noticed that they had "large" testicles.  Normally, they aren't that big."
Jul 12, 2016
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Trish's discussion re-breeding question
"If you don't know why she aborted, then no one could say whether or not it will happen again. If it was something infectious like toxoplasmosis that she got from a barn cat, then she should be fine in the future. If it was something like copper…"
Jul 11, 2016
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re-breeding question

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 labor..It was ugly and it looked like afterbirth hanging from her for about two days until they came out dead. It was the wierdest looking thing I have experienced. I thought it was after birth but it wasn't. I don't know what it was hanging before the kids passed dead. The vet didn't even know as we have…See More
Jul 9, 2016
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Trish replied to Anna L's discussion Rain shelter
"My neighbors had Boer goats and had no shelter whatsoever and they just stood out in the rain...It really was sad to see, but they didn't cry or try to get out of the rain...so, I think Deborah is right, it's learned behavior.."
Oct 19, 2015
Trish replied to Trish's discussion combing bucks
"I think I can do that for a little while, my concern would be their size to his  LOL  He is a sweety and a little guy...I'm sure when he gets his hormones and big boy stuff, he will hold his own  :-)"
Oct 19, 2015
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Trish's discussion combing bucks
"They will probably but heads for awhile, but they usually figure out who's boss fairly quickly and get over it. You might want to stick around for a bit to watch them. You might also have them share a fenceline for a day or two prior to putting…"
Oct 19, 2015
Trish replied to Trish's discussion combing bucks
"Should be:  COMBINING  typo in header"
Oct 19, 2015
Trish posted a discussion

combing bucks

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 bucks.  He does have horns too. He is the son of one of the other bucks.My questions is will they all get along and what do I need to watch for as he is smaller than the two other bucks...??ThanksSee More
Oct 19, 2015
Trish replied to Debbie Nightingale's discussion Oil of Oregano
"You're welcome  :-)  Have fun!"
Aug 10, 2015
Trish replied to Debbie Nightingale's discussion Oil of Oregano
"Just relax, observe and love them...they will be fine.  Great that you're doing research  :-)"
Aug 10, 2015
Trish replied to Debbie Nightingale's discussion Oil of Oregano
"The feed with medication I use has Descoquinate.  I have been doing this with breeding and babies for 5 years and have not issues or problems and healthy goats, never had a disease. As a note:  Every person and breeder does things their…"
Aug 10, 2015
Trish replied to Debbie Nightingale's discussion Oil of Oregano
"The only concern with Cocci is the babies.  When the moms are pregnant, I feed them a medicated feed for cocci and the babies until they are two months.  Then I don't worry about it.  It also makes me wonder why goats need…"
Aug 10, 2015

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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 : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hBeqRTBalto

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. http://fiascofarm.com/sitemap.htm  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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