Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goats

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We have had our ND does since Sept., but only now have finally resolved issues with the past owner and are getting the registration papers for our girls!  So, is there any reason why we shouldn't start looking to breed them?  It would mean having the kids around Sept-Oct., which seems like a good time for New England--not too hot, not yet freezing cold.  What do you think?  Would it be harder to sell kids just before Winter?  Should we wait, or go for it?

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Comment by Susan Oleson on April 23, 2013 at 2:54pm

I will be breeding one of my does this spring for falls kids so in the winter the milk I get won't fall when I dry off one of the others who will get bred in the fall for spring kids.  Make sense? Trying to stagger kidding for constant milk supply ( I only have 3 breedable does right now).  I am in Maine & October is reasonable for kidding.  Around here kids sell year round if from milking lines.  I have been keeping track of her heats for months to try to make that easier. It is less obvious right now.

Comment by Julia agron on April 23, 2013 at 2:29pm

That's a good point, Margaret.  We'll probably be so excited to be milking that it won't matter :-)

Thanks Kailyn; I will bare that in mind, and will post this as a discussion, which is what I meant to do in the first place.  Technology strikes again!

Comment by Margaret Langley on April 23, 2013 at 12:10pm

Ii is strickly a personal preference! I think there are always people looking for kids, but you will want to consider rather or not you will want to do your milking when it does get cold too! At this point I have decided that I don't care when mine have kids, as long as they have them!

Comment by Kailyn Elliott on April 23, 2013 at 11:57am

By the way, you'll get more responses if you make this a discussion. Just click on Forum on the banner at the top of the page, then click on the Breeding category. Next, click on the Add button just beneath the banner towards the top right.

People just don't always scroll down to the blog posts and the discussions pop up at the top of the page so they are more noticeable. Hope this helps

Comment by Kailyn Elliott on April 22, 2013 at 8:17pm

I just bred two of my does that didn't take over the fall. They are due the end of August which here in NC is pretty miserable heat and humidity wise, but I have two fans I'll be setting up for the mamas and the Nigerians do pretty well with the heat. Also, I have a friend of mine that keeps ten does and breeds five in the fall and five in the spring. This time of year, it is a lot harder to catch them when they're in season and unless you can lease a buck or leave them with the breeder, you might get frustrated. Just warning you. But you can try!

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