Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goats

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Nigerian Dwarf Goat Trivia

According to my research:

 

You can feed 3 (or more) average Nigerian Does for the same cost as 1 large goat.

 

With those 3 Nigerian Dwarf Goats you can get 3/4 -2.25 gallons of milk per day depending on where they are in their lactation cycle and their milk pedigree.

 

Each gallon will produce twice as much cheese as milk from other breeds of goats.

 

Here is a quote from Snowberry Farm:

"One gallon of Nigerian Dwarf milk resulted in 2 lbs., 11.4 oz. of fresh chevre, while the same amount of Nubian milk resulted in 1 lb., 7.4 oz. of fresh chevre."

 

Thank you for correcting me if you see any mistakes here! =)

 

Discussion Forum

Ice cream and strawberries

Started by Glenna Rose. Last reply by Deborah Niemann-Boehle Dec 20, 2014. 1 Reply

I would like to make some good strawberry ice cream.  However to get it to taste like strawberry ice cream, it's had to be a 50/50 mixture which comes out to be more like sherbet.  I have read that…Continue

Yogurt not setting

Started by Glenna Rose. Last reply by Deborah Niemann-Boehle Dec 9, 2014. 3 Replies

My frustration level is highly elevated.  I started yogurt last night.  Always before, I have pasteurized the milk before I made it but did not this time.  I am have some very extensive dental…Continue

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Faster cheese for melting?

Started by Glenna Rose. Last reply by Deborah Niemann-Boehle Sep 7, 2014. 1 Reply

Though I am attempting cheddar, I am wondering if there is another cheese that will melt that doesn't take so long.  I really would like to find one I could make in short time that will melt on pizza…Continue

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Making Mozzarella

Started by Patty Meyer. Last reply by Patty Meyer Jun 2, 2014. 7 Replies

I made mozzarella cheese yesterday, and used it on homemade pizza today.  It was absolutely wonderful!  I used Deborah's recipe from Raising Goats Naturally, except I added a little salt at the end.I…Continue

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Comment by Marin Waddell on February 10, 2011 at 10:12am
I use an electric yogurt maker. I really like it because I don't have to deal with thermoses or  making sure my oven is warm enough with just the pilot light (sometimes it gets really cold in my house). It works great. But lots of people make successful yogurt without one.
Comment by Amber Patterson on February 10, 2011 at 9:22am
I saw an electric yogurt maker, does anyone know if these are any good?  Is it just as easy to make it without one. 
Comment by Kare on February 9, 2011 at 10:35am
That is one of the stages of mozzarella.
Comment by Adrienne on February 9, 2011 at 10:33am
What is in the picture
Comment by Kare on February 8, 2011 at 11:40am
Thank you - I made some adjustments and will make more if I need to!
Comment by Deborah Niemann-Boehle on February 8, 2011 at 11:32am

A yearling might weigh 50. My mature adults weigh 60-80. I was shocked when I took a doe to U or I six or seven years ago, and she weighed 80. Big goats vary a lot in size, so it's tough to make an across the board comparison. Saanens are a lot bigger than oberhasli.

Since my la manchas eat with my NDs, I'm not sure how the grocery bill breaks down.

Comment by Kare on February 8, 2011 at 11:14am
Ok, I was going by a chart I found somewhere.  Don't they weigh about 50#?  Maybe I'll just write that they eat 1/3 the amount.  Do you find that to be true?  I can't believe how little my four goats are eating!
Comment by Deborah Niemann-Boehle on February 8, 2011 at 10:56am

Kare, you might want to rephrase one of your trivia stats. NDs are not 1/3 the height or weight of a standard goat. They weigh about half as much, but their height is about two-thirds, so they're 1/3 shorter.

Comment by Kare on February 6, 2011 at 2:44pm
Thank you, Deborah! =)  I'm looking forward to gleaning from others and sharing any tidbits that I have learned too!
Comment by Deborah Niemann-Boehle on February 6, 2011 at 2:41pm
What a great idea!
 

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