Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goats

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Deborah Niemann-Boehle
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  • Cornell, IL
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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Heather's discussion Wether trying to nurse from doe about to kid
"Congratulations! Back legs first is not that unusual and is actually a pretty easy way for a kid to be born since it's very tapered and starts with the smallest part of the kid coming out first.  Like Tammy said, you can click on the paper…"
Jun 10
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Heather's discussion Wether trying to nurse from doe about to kid
"When  I interviewed Dr. VanSaun, a vet professor, he mentioned a study they did on cattle where they milked out pregnant cows regularly before calving, thinking that this would somehow prevent milk fever, which it did not, but they did wind up…"
Jun 2
Deborah Niemann-Boehle left a comment for Adam
"Welcome to the group! Congratulations on your new goats. I hope you'll introduce yourself in the forum and feel free to ask any questions you may have."
Jun 1
Deborah Niemann-Boehle left a comment for Heather
"Welcome to the group! I hope you'll take a moment to introduce yourself and share a few photos! "
Jun 1
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Jeffrey Wasserman's discussion Lice
"Yes. People shave goats that age for shows all the time."
May 23
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Maggie's discussion Polled questions
"I’ve never heard of a 12-week kid growing horns but then less than a pound at birth is really small. It is entirely possible for people to disbud polled goats and incorrectly register them as disbudded. That’s why there is a myth that…"
May 23
Deborah Niemann-Boehle commented on kenneth spear's status
"Orchard grass is completely fine and wonderful. It's a great hay for bucks, wethers, and dry does.  It is my understanding that fescue fungus is only a problem in the Kentucky 31 variety of fescue. There are lots of other types of fescue,…"
May 17
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Leslie Honcoop's discussion Doe turned aggressive
"I always tell people not to worry about an aloof doe being a difficult milker because so many of them have a personality change after kidding. And as Tammy said, they can also have a personality change that goes the other way. Luckily I have not had…"
May 14
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Judy H's discussion Recommendation needed on west to east shipper
"Delta and American Airlines are the two main animal shippers. Here is what I have on my website about shipping by air:"
May 5
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Jason's discussion New to this site:
"Welcome to the group! I'm so sorry to hear about your experience with the buckling. Stories like that are unfortunately way too common. I've lost track of the number of people who've contacted me with kids on the verge of death…"
May 5
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Judy H's discussion Recommendation needed on west to east shipper
"We fly goats wherever they need to go. I had a buck flown to Illinois from as far away as Alaska. And I've personally shipped goats all over the US. It's very safe. In fact, they take so many precautions, it kind of drives you crazy as a…"
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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Ann Bodling's discussion Wether Bleeding from Band
"I'm glad to know it was a normal castration band and that he's doing well. It's been more than 10 years since we stopped banding, so I guess I'd forgotten how long it can take for them to fall off.  Okay ... funny banding…"
Apr 26
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Ann Bodling's discussion Wether Bleeding from Band
"Four weeks seems like a long time for it come off after banding. Does it look really tight and small? I just really want to be sure they used a real elastrator band and not a regular rubber band, which I have heard of, and it did not end well for…"
Apr 24
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Ann Bodling's discussion Kids and Minerals
"It totally depends on how deficient they were in some minerals. In 19 years of raising goats, I have never heard of one overdosing on loose minerals. Have you actually been weighing the minerals?  Do you have only pet wethers? Why did you…"
Apr 16
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Maggie's discussion Early/premature labor
"Congratulations! Day 146 is right on time!!! Anything between 145 and 150 is perfectly normal. "
Apr 16

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Welcome to new group moderator

Started this discussion. Last reply by Susan Mar 3. 3 Replies

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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Did you know that what you do now can have a big impact on your kidding success in the spring? Mineral deficiencies, not recognizing the signs of a doe in heat, and holding a doe for breeding can all…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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