We started out with Nigerian Dwarf Goats with the purchase of 2 does in 2012. We realized what fun pets they can be, but also that they produce wonderful milk, which we’ve used for making cheese, soap, ice cream and more. We’ve gone from the two does…to a herd! Our goal is to breed quality Nigerian Dwarfs with excellent temperaments that make them wonderful pets and milkers while meeting the breed standard of a proportionate and productive dairy goat in miniature. To help us achieve this, we participate in ADGA Linear Appraisal, DHIA milk testing, and occasionally attend open 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, our last test was March 2017. We only buy goats from healthy herds, but even so, it is always the buyers responsibility to test their own herd. It’s a good idea to quarantine new animals and work with your veterinarian on herd Biosecurity screening, they can help guide you what you can test for and when. You can learn more about disease testing at Washington Animal Disease Diagnostic Lab (WADDL). *Our herd was last tested March 2017 and all were CAE and CL negative, all goats are tested except kids under 6 months because test results are not yet reliable at that age.*
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. We also attend a few of the local shows, a goat show is more than just a competition, 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.
GOaT MILK? Visit our board on Pinterest, you’ll find a collection of our favorite goat info, like goat milk recipes and articles on goat care.
A few favorite links:
Milk and Milking – Pholia Farm (a great read if you’re curious about milking Nigerian Dwarf goats, how much milk to expect, quality of milk)
Nutritional Requirements for Goats (feed, minerals, parasites)
Fiasco Farm (goat care, health, & husbandry)