We started out with Nigerian Dwarf Goats with the purchase of two does in 2012, with the plan to keep them as pets and weed eaters. Soon after adding goats to our family we realized what great pets they can be, but also that they produce wonderful milk, and we had our first kids that has the best flavor for drinking. One of them (SG Elfin Acres Daisy) still resides in our herd and is enjoying her retirement, and we now have her great great granddaughters in our herd.
We’ve have since gone from the first two does, to a herd! We milk our goats and enjoy making cheese, soap, ice cream, yogurt, caramel and more. Our goal is to breed quality Nigerian Dwarfs with excellent temperaments that make them wonderful pets and milk goats while meeting the breed standard of a proportionate and productive dairy goat in miniature. We like them for their smaller size because they’re a great size for our kids to handle, they enjoy participating with our goats in 4-H and open shows. We participate in ADGA Linear Appraisal, DHIA milk testing, and occasionally attend ADGA shows.
Nigerian Dwarf Goats are a mini dairy goat, all of our goats are registered with American Dairy Goat Association (ADGA). Once they are old enough, our goats are tested for CAE, CL disease and all been negative every year tested. We only buy goats from healthy herds, new goats are quarantined for a month before being introduced to the main herd, this allows time to ensure their good health and perform a biosecurity screen with a blood test. A veterinarian can help you determine what you should test for and when. You can learn more about disease testing at Washington Animal Disease Diagnostic Lab (WADDL) this is our preferred lab for disease testing.
We want to be sure the animals we select for our herd are a good representation of the Nigerian Dwarf breed, we participated in ADGA’s Linear Appraisal program for the first time in 2014 and plan to continue using that as a tool to improve our herd. It is one of my favorite tools available to ADGA members and we have learned so much about our herd and how we can improve it. We also attend a few of the local shows. A goat show is more than just a competition for a pretty goat, a structurally correct animal will lead a more healthy and productive life. I’ve found it to be very helpful to learn from the judges comments regarding strengths and weaknesses and seeing how our goats stack up against the others at the show. Nigerian Dwarf goats come in many colors and while we appreciate the variety, we do not select goats for our herd based on coat or eye color.