The Nigerian Dwarf Goat is a miniature dairy breed of West African origin. After having multiple different kinds of goats, (PYGMY, ALPINE, TENNESSEE FAINTING, BOER, NUBIAN) we have decided our favorite is the NIGERIAN DWARF GOAT due to it's sweet, gentle nature, small stature, dairy capabilities and of course, as most of you have probably found, it's many colors and patterns, and BLUE EYES!
As we began researching them (What IS that BLUE-eyed multi-colored darling with "moon" spots????) and learned more about them, we found them to be gaining popularity nationwide for their many attributes: (And we thought it was just us!)
Not only are they darling, sweet, small and docile, but they can supply a family or homestead with en entire source of dairy products (milk, cheese, yogurt, lotions, soaps)! One healthy, 22" doe can provide up to two quarts of sweet milk per day!
Then of course there's the fact that they eat weeds, don't require the room of large dairy goat breeds, and are VERY engaging with people. Some folks who don't use them for the dairy aspect, raise Nigerian Dwarf Goats for the pleasure and companionship they bring to the barn!
Others use the Dwarf for 4H projects, or to compete in local shows (AGS, ADGA, NDGA), their small size and easy temperament making them ideal for young and old alike to care for, groom, transport, and handle during "showing."
ABOUT OUR HERD:
All in all, we discovered not just a cute, colorful breed of goat to add to our collection, but an entire NIGERIAN DWARF GOAT WORLD out there waiting to engulf us! We were hooked quickly, and began with one mature doe and two unrelated kids, but have added goats of quality lineage and superior dairy characteristics from Texas, Arkansas, and several day-trips here in Missouri.
Our current herd consists of 4 Nigerian Dwarf Bucks (2 SR., 2 Jr.) and 12 Nigerian Dwarf does. The herd is mostly "closed" meaning we are finished adding from outside sources, and will further develop our breeding program from within our own barn/farm. This helps develop a strong, healthy base of animals who are all cared for in the same way, and given preventive medical care in a consistent and timely fashion.
They are also fed a balanced diet of Mixed Grass Hay Free-choice, with Alfalfa Hay as a frequent supplement, daily grain (Purina Noble Goat which is medicated for cocci-prevent) pellets, and Sweetlix 16:8 Meatmaker mineral free-choice which is high in copper and balanced properly.
Of course CDT vaccinations and boosters, proper de-worming, Coccidiosis, and hoof trimming are included in the preventive care we give EACH and EVERY goat on our property. We are VERY proud of our little herd, and strive to provide HEALTHY, HIGH-QUALITY, registered Nigerians suitable for show, dairy, 4H/FFA and companionship.