We have been breeding Nigerian Dwarf Goats for about 6 years now. The more time I put into these little animals the more I think they are just perfect! We have learned how to identify quality animals and where we want to go with our breeding program. The best part is that our whole family gets to enjoy delicious, sweet milk year round. We also make fresh cheese, sour cream, ice cream, butter, and yogurt.
A healthy Nigerian Dairy doe can produce a surprising amount of sweet milk for her small size – just shy of a gallon per day. Raw goats milk is full of important nutrients. There are over 50 nutrients, including the vitamins A, C, B1, B12, and E, minerals, enzymes, citric acid, amino acids, fatty acids, and unsaturated fatty acids. Raw goats milk is digested in just 20 minutes rather than the 8 hours that it takes to digest cows milk. Nigerians have the highest butterfat content of all the purebred dairy goats at 6% and even up to 10% with high quality animals.
Because of their small size (up to 23”) they do not require as much space or food as their larger dairy goat counterparts. Their calm, even temperament and engaging personalities make them an extreme pleasure with to work. In recent years, they are even being used as therapy animals.
A hardy breed, Nigerian goats kid with few problems. New babies average about 1-2 pounds at birth but grow very quickly. Nigerian goats are naturally good mothers, taking excellent care of their babies. We always keep the babies with their mothers to be raised until weaning time. We believe this is very important to the overall health of both mother and baby.
Nigerians are the perfect partners for natural, bio-dynamic gardening. Because we raise our animals naturally, not giving them medications of any kind, their manure is like “black gold.” We provide our animals with free choice access to high quality mineral supplements. These minerals are not always fully utilized, passing through to the manure. Composting this manure in high heat (over 150 degrees F) kills any potential pathogens as well as any weed seeds that may have survived the digestive processes. This compost, along with cover crops, encompasses our entire soil fertility program. Sustainable, chemical-free practices increase the soil health while reducing weeds, pests and disease.
Therefore, overall the Nigerian Dwarf goat has been a source of great enjoyment with the benefits of rich, sweet milk and increased garden health and productivity.
If you ever have any questions about these wonderful, animals please feel free to contact us or any other reputable breeder. We always love to talk “goats.” You can visit our Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goat website as well.