We started raising goats in 1988, when our children were small. We started out with the african-pygmies and some other grade doe's, but back then the goats were just for fun, just pets. I'n 1994 we sold out our darling herd of pygmies and decided to look into a small dairy goat that could provide milk for the farm. We chose to have Nigerian Dwarfs, we had them shipped in from texas, and since that time we have shipped Nigerians Goats from some of the top milking herds from all over the nation. Over the years we worked hard to have our animals be small and correct but very productive dairy goats.They are very easy to handle and give us much joy, and a lot of hard work. We test yearly for diseases in our herd, and have always had clean herd. We have also started a new project with mini-oberhaslis,we are working on second generation they certainly are sweet. Even though we have had goats for years we are still learning to improve on the herd. Thanks to our cream team of goats, we are capable of making the best creamy goat milk soap ever! The soap we sell helps maintain the animals and the farm.
Our goats are registered AGS and ADGA. They are a valuable and important part of our soap making business. All of our sweet goats are loved and treated with great care and kindness. That makes them happy goats! And happy goats produce lots of wonderful creamy milk!
About Nigerian Dwarf Goats
The Nigerian Dwarf is a miniature dairy goat of West African origin. Nigerian Dwarf goats are enjoying a rise in popularity due to their small size, colorful markings and dairy characteristics. Their small stature means they do not require as much space or feed as their larger dairy goat counterparts and their gentle and friendly personalities make them good companion pets. The milk is also higher in butterfat and has a sweeter taste. Nigerians are easy to handle; even for small children. Nigerian Dwarfs are considered rare by the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has also approved the Nigerian Dwarf Goat as a livestock dairy goat, which makes them eligible for youth 4H and FFA projects.
The Nigerian Dwarf is a Miniature Dairy Goat
A healthy Nigerian Dwarf doe can produce a surprising amount of sweet milk for her small size - up to two quarts per day or more. In addition, Nigerian Dwarf milk is higher in butterfat (6-10%) and higher in protein than milk from most dairy goat breeds. Many Nigerian Dwarf owners raise their goats for milk production but others raise them for the pleasure and companionship these little caprines bring to their lives.
Nigerian Dwarf Temperament
Dwarfs goats are gentle, loveable and playful. Their calm, even temperament and engaging personalities make them suitable companions for all, including children, the disabled and the elderly. Even breeding bucks are handled easily. They make wonderful pets and great animal projects for young children in 4H or FFA. Breeders of other types of goats find their Dwarfs blend in with the rest of their herd and do not need special quarters; just adequate fencing to contain them because of their small size. Many Nigerian Dwarf goats share pastures peacefully with other livestock such as cattle, horses, llamas and donkeys. In fact, they will often improve a pasture by removing brambles, undergrowth (including weeds) and ivy (even poison ivy) that other livestock won't eat.
What's the difference between a Nigerian Dwarf and a Pygmy goat?
Although they have similar origins, Nigerian Dwarfs and African Pygmies are separate and distinct breeds, with recognized differences. Pygmies are bred to be "cobby" and heavy boned. Dwarfs are bred to have the length of body and more elegant structure that's similar to their larger dairy goat counterparts. Pygmies are also primarily "agouti" patterned, with black, silver and caramel being the most common colors.
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