Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goats

for people who love the littlest dairy goats

Deborah Niemann-Boehle
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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Jodie's discussion Stillborn kids
"Ditto on everything Tammy said. I also am curious about how long you've had this doe and how long she has been with the buck. If she's been with him for very long, I would definitely be thinking about a nutritional deficiency because…"
Oct 16
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Francesco's discussion Spring breeding
"I have had terrible luck getting my goats bred in spring. In fact, one year I decided I was going to do 50/50 in fall and spring, and I wound up with half of my does not getting pregnant! And I had put them in a pen with a buck!  I did a survey…"
Oct 3
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Francesco's discussion Is high butterfat a good or a bad thing?
"Low fat cheese is gross! It can't be made at home or naturally. We made mozzarella with skimmed goat milk one time, and it was like chewing plastic. Parmesan is one of the few cheeses that must be made with low fat milk. But it's not…"
Oct 3
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Ruth Lantis's discussion Getting goats for the first time.
"Hi Ruth! Which Mother Earth News Fairs were you at? It's always fun to reconnect! "
Sep 30
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Philip Hopkins's discussion How do you keep your minerals dry?
"That's the exact same mineral feeder we use. I have never heard of it with standing water in it. That's amazing. That's never happened here, and we have humidity that's 80-90% in August. I can't imagine humidity alone…"
Sep 7
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to's discussion New to goats
"Welcome to the group and the wonderful world of goats! Wethers make the best pets for multiple reasons. Since they don't have the hormones of bucks, they don't fight or pee on themselves. Since they don't have the hormones of does,…"
Aug 30
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to GINGER K BRAUN's discussion Teat spur
"Teat defects definitely have a genetic component, which is easy to see when you look at meat goats, meat cattle, and sheep where breeders don't care about them. They are quite common. In fact, I've had multiple cows and sheep with extra…"
Aug 9
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to GINGER K BRAUN's discussion Teat spur
"That's really a fishtail teat. Whatever you call it, teat defects are a disqualification in the show ring. That could have been really easy to miss when she was younger. Extra teats are a lot easier to see because they are separate from the…"
Aug 8
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Rob's discussion Stubborn goats
"I need more details. How old are they? How much do they weigh? Why do you say they are not drinking water?  There is NO reason you have to stop giving them a bottle. They are not being stubborn. They are either drinking more water than you…"
Aug 8
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Rob's discussion Twin oaks goat and vegetable farm
"Welcome to the group and to the wonderful world of goats! Minerals in Canada can be a challenge. We complain a lot in the US about not getting as much love as cattle when it comes to product availability, but after helping people in other countries,…"
Aug 6
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Philip Hopkins's discussion Underdosed-what to do?
"I can't watch the videos as they both popped up as "Private." I really wish I could see them because a 2 is excellent, and a 3 is questionable and means you look at other symptoms. Just to clarify ... 1 is bright red and 5 is paper…"
Jul 27
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Philip Hopkins's discussion Underdosed-what to do?
"Deworming really should be based upon symptoms rather than fecal egg counts, and I am very suspicious that something is not right if you think all three does need to be dewormed. Either there are some management problems or they don't really…"
Jul 25
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Microchipping goats

If you've ever thought about microchipping your goats, that is exactly what we talked about in yesterday's podcast episode: If you prefer to read rather than listen, there is also a complete transcript of each episode.If you haven't discovered my podcast yet, we just did episode 52! Here's the podcast page from my website -- …See More
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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Maggie's discussion Penis sticks out of sheath
"Wow! How interesting! Thanks for the update! "
Jul 15
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Maggie's discussion Penis sticks out of sheath
"The more I think about this the more I wonder if he will be able to breed a doe. I'd be interested to hear what a vet says about it. Let us know what you learn. "
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Microchipping goats

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If you've ever thought about microchipping your goats, that is exactly what we talked about in yesterday's podcast episode:…Continue

Welcome to new group moderator

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Hi everyone!I want to introduce you to Tammy Gallagher who will be a group moderator and help me answer questions here. She has been a member of my Goats 365 membership program since the beginning…Continue

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Hi everyone! I just wanted to let you know that I've deleted Tracy Meltone from the site. She's the one who had two very odd posts -- one about fostering goats and one about electronic ID -- but…Continue

Goats Giving Birth -- my sixth book

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I just wanted to let everyone know that my sixth book, Goats Giving Birth, is now available. And I also have a new…Continue

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At 5:31pm on January 6, 2020, Barbara Jean Rondine said…


My goats are not coming into heat,  neither yearlings. Anything I can do to start a heat? Their mother has just had a short heat last month

At 8:58pm on November 25, 2018, Barbara Jean Rondine said…

Another concern is that the mom has developed bumps,  like hives,  on the right side of her udder. She still milks nicely and is eating well.  I walk them in the snow and wonder if this could be an irritant,  but why on half of the udder? The twins are separated from her at night and then i milk the next morning and the kids are with her during the day.  Any ideas here?  We're pretty much without a goat vet here in Fairbanks,  AK.         Thanks,  Barb Rondine

At 8:51pm on November 25, 2018, Barbara Jean Rondine said…


Remember the quints born this summer ? I kept the two doelings and they are 6 months old now. For the past two weeks, or so, one of them has started mounting and vocalizing and nipping at the others and pesters them almost all the time.  She developed a beard and shaggy eyebrows by four months and is very dominant.

  1. Her mother is polled, as is she, and her father is horned. Any ideas to stop this behavior?  Thanks,  Barb Rondine
At 7:31pm on November 25, 2018, Barbara Jean Rondine said…
I've got problems with my kid and mom but can't figure out how to get to the forum page and you. Thanks for the info,
Barbara Rondine
At 1:35pm on November 3, 2016, Akinwale Atepe said…
Hello, Am Akinwale from Nigeria, we are planning on organizing an enlightenment program and training seminar on the first ever dairy goat farming in Nigeria. I wish to request for your partnership in terms of technical support since one of our choice animal is the Nigeria Dwarf Goat. We are expecting more than 200 prospective farmers to participate in the program. Hoping to hear from you soonest.
At 5:32pm on May 12, 2016, Curtis said…
Figure I'd give you an update on my doe. I've been using Solgar Chelated Zinc Tablets for almost 2 weeks and it seems to have made very fast difference in her hair and skin. Crust is gone! I've been dosing one 22mg tablet a day in milk stand feed. Though I was doing Eprinex pour-on before, that only seemed to work so much. I feel Zinc deficiency can be precursor to allow a mite attack and/or mimic it in ways. A lady I purchased a buck from had a doe with same condition for two winters we both had in our doe. She started using Zinpro Pro Care and saw great improvement.
This should be a help for future goat people looking for help and answers!
At 12:37pm on March 2, 2016, Curtis said…
Thanks Deborah for the fast response! I concur with your thoughts on it being mites. I've picked up the Eprinex pour-on today and was planning on doing it tomorrow. Wondering what exactly you did to your girl. I was was going to do around 3ml down her back. How fast did you see results?

Few notes have your girls experience this before or recur in the same doe? Did her milk also cut back from symptoms of mites?
At 12:09pm on February 9, 2016, Pam Honken said…

Hi Deborah, I'm the new member going to see my vet today. I seem to have two accounts on The Goat Spot. I signed up in October 2015 but when I revisited the site a few days ago I was informed that I didn't have an account and needed to sign up (again). How do I delete the first account I set up in October??


At 4:43pm on December 31, 2015, Jeremy Engel said…

Thanks Deborah!

I just found out yesterday that Nigerian Dwarf's made it to our shores, which I'm really excited about, so I'm here to learn everything I can before I get started.
 Thank you for making this place, its awesome.

Happy new year :)


At 3:44pm on December 21, 2015, Marin Waddell said…
Hi Deborah,
Just thought I'd let you know that we've decided to close our cheese business. In fact we're selling the goats and our farm. We're all healthy and fine, but we realized it wasn't something we were going to continue with.
We'd always planned for my husband to work less and less in the city and more and more on the farm, but his career took off in a way we never expected. Plus we had 3 kids in 4 years (now 6, 3 & 2) meaning I wasn't able to help out very much. We had a couple of employees, but really, we needed someone to run much of the farm side of things and that wasn't something we could afford to pay for. When our employee this year quit for a non-seasonal job and my husband returned to the twice a day milkings he found himself starting to doze off on his commute. We realized we had to choose between his career (which he really enjoys) and the cheese business. His career won. And then we decided that we don't want this whole farm with an hour commute to the city if we don't have a business.
We'll be moving into the city late winter. The plan is to be there for a couple of years to regroup and then we'll likely end up on an acreage possibly with a goat or two and some chickens.
It's a sucky decision, but at no point have we felt it was the wrong one. There were certainly a lot of tears as we said goodbye to favourite customers and certain goats.
I really appreciated this website as we were getting going, although I haven't been on it much in the past couple of years. Thank-you for all the information that you provided through it.

Marin Waddell

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