Dairy Goats

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(Photos are of our Oldest son Emmett during kidding season 2012-13)

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The Nigerian Dwarf Goat History

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The Miniature West African goat was brought to the US around 1930. They were brought along as feed for lions and tigers that were in transit to zoos.  In the 1960’s the Miniature West African Goat was separated into two different types; The Nigerian Dwarfs Goats being the more dairy, and the African Pigmy. The breed since the 60’s has been recovering from it’s endangerment status. The American Livestock Breed Conservatory recorded that 7000 Nigerian Dwarf’s where recorded in the US in 2002.

Nigerian Dwarfs are around 19-23 inches high and weigh around 65 lbs.  The breed’s milk is known for high butter fat content, up to 6.5% - much higher than that of larger dairy breeds, and it makes for a rich cheese. Despite their small size they produce a lot of milk, around 1-1.5 quarts per day.  They have multiple births (1-6 kids at a time), and the kids mature extremely fast.  The bucks are able to reproduce at a young age and are less aggressive than other breeds, and doe kids can be safely bred at 7 months. Unlike other breeds of goats, the Nigerian Dwarf can breed year round, which allows kidding in different times of the year.  These unique characteristics bring in more profit with kid sales and allow staggered breeding, and year round milk production. Their small size makes them easier to control and move.  

Nubian Goats

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Nubian goats are a beautiful breed, with long ears and Roman noses.  Out of the large diary breeds, the Nubian has the highest butter fat around 5%.  Other dairy breeds such as the LaMancha and Alpine produce butterfat around 3-3.8% . They are very social goats and love people. They tend to act a lot like pet dogs if you let them.  They are a full size goat breed, the does get up to 140+ pounds. They are easy to hand milk because of their large teat size (compared to Nigerian Dwarfs), and can produce 1-2 gallons per day.

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