Nigerian Dwarf Goats
The main reason we chose Nigerian Dwarf Goats is their size. The fact that they are well mannered and social is a huge factor as well. These little gals also produce some of the highest butterfat content in their milk allowing for a large variety of uses.
History of Nigerian Dwarf Goats
Nigerian Dwarf Goats originated in West Africa and were imported to the United States starting around 1930. At first they were just show animals, but then later folks started taking advantage of their milking capability. In 2005 the breed was recognized by the American Dairy Goat Association. Since then their numbers have continued to grow for small farm dairy production and farm companions.
Size and Characteristics
Big on Personality and small in stature Nigerian Dwarf Goats stand on average 17-22” for females while buck average 19-24. They weigh between 60-80 pounds making them one of the smallest goat breeds. Even though small they tend to have a muscular build. There is no real standard color but you’ll find the most common colors are black, brown and gold. They can have horns or be hornless.
Temperament of a Nigerian Dwarf Goat
Like me, Nigerian Dwarf Goats are friendly and social. What makes them so attractive for us is that they can be raised alongside other animals. They are smart and trainable while their playful nature makes them perfect as a farm yard pet or dairy producer.
Diet and Feeding
Nigerian Dwarf Goats are foragers and browsers, and hopefully will eat away all the remaining root stubble after clearing off a pasture for them. Like all animals, access to fresh water is essential. Their foraging diet can be offset with hay or garden “leftovers.” If you are using your goats for milk production they may require higher protein.
Milk Production and Uses
Despite their small size, Nigerian Dwarf Goats can produce up to 2 quarts of milk per day with a high butterfat content. This makes their milk ideal for cheese, yogurt, butter and beauty products like lip balm. Maybe the only thing better than butter is Ghee… Goat Ghee anyone?
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This is holder post 4 to be used for spacing during development.
This is holder post 3 to be used for spacing during development.