About the Nigerian Dwarf goat, from the American Goat Society
“The Nigerian Dwarf is a miniature dairy goat originating from West Africa and developed in the United States. The balanced proportions of the Nigerian Dwarf give it an appearance similar to the larger, Swiss breeds of dairy goats. Shorter height is the primary breed characteristic of the
Nigerian Dwarf, with does measuring no more than 22 1/2” at the withers and bucks measuring no more than 23 1/2″ at the withers.
They are known for their high quality milk, often with exceptionally high butterfat content. Nigerian Dwarves are gregarious, friendly, hardy animals that thrive in almost any climate.The medium length ears are erect and alert. The face is either straight or slightly dished. The coat is of medium length, and straight. The Nigerian Dwarf is the only dairy breed known to occasionally have blue eyes. Both brown & blue eyed animals are encountered with no preference being given to either eye color. Any pattern, color, or combination of colors is acceptable.”
Here, at Poor Ridge Ranch, our Nigerian Dwarf goats enjoy grass pastures all year long, with hay being provided as a supplement in the winter. They also receive a pelleted goat feed a few times a week.
We don’t bottle feed the kids, they are raised by their mother in a community setting of numerous mothers with lots of little kids running around. The kids always know which one is their mother and if they try to nurse from another mom, that mom will quickly show them the error of their ways! It’s a fun time watching our little community of goats.
Even though we enjoy our goats, our retirement is looming and we may want to do more traveling. We are contemplating selling our herd of Nigerian Dwarf goats in the fall of 2018 or the spring of 2019. Be sure to contact us if this interests you. It’s doubtful that we will sell individuals, but will sell only as a herd or perhaps, two herds.