Nigerian Dwarf Goats are wonderful animals, with many benefits for farms and families!
Their friendly nature and small size make them excellent pets, and despite their small size, they are great milk producers (up to a quart a day per goat) with milk that is incredibly sweet due to the high butterfat content. Nigerian Dwarf Goats are browsers, meaning they are also terrific at keeping your land free from brush.
We have our own buck, so our goats are not exposed to other goats. Our herd is tested yearly for CAE, CL, and Johne’s and vaccinated yearly for CD&T. We use an herbal worm treatment from Molly’s Herbals that we administer weekly (we mix it with molasses, and the goats love it!) Our babies will get their first vaccination around 6 weeks. They also begin their worm treatment at 6 weeks.
We do not name our babies, so if you would like to register them, we will provide paperwork on their parents, and you can register the goat under whatever name you’d like.
Also, disclaimer: The picture of our son Theo bottle-feeding a baby goat is unusual. Typically we dam-raise all our goats 🙂
Recommended basic items to have on hand before your goats arrive:
- Hay bales (and make sure you have a supplier lined up!)
- Molasses hay mixture (We find this is a great addition to their diet, especially in the winter. The molasses provides some extra nutrients when they can’t get out to pasture. Check with your local feed and supply store to see what they have to offer.)
- Water bucket(s) (If you have power in your barn, we highly recommend heated buckets for the winter, otherwise you’ll need to change out the water twice a day as it will freeze.)
- Alfalfa pellets (We use an organic pellet from Green Mountain Feeds and give them about a 1/4 cup per goat each night to encourage them into their barn.)
- Black oil sunflower seeds (Great for their coats! Again, about a 1/4 cup per goat per night mixed with the alfalfa pellets.)
- Grain for lactating does (we add about 1/4 cup of grain per doe when our does are a month out from kidding and up it to half a cup while they’re nursing)
- Goat minerals (Goats need free access to either loose minerals or a mineral block, designed specifically for goats. We use Manna Pro.)
- Hoof trimmer (You’ll need to trim their hooves every 6 weeks or so.)
- Alcohol/antibiotic ointment (Trying to wrap up a cut or cover it with a bandage usually isn’t a good idea on a goat but putting some alcohol and antibiotic on minor cuts is!)
All of our goats are sired by a beautiful black and white buck named Godfrey.
We have no goats available at the moment, but check back in spring of 2023!
If you are interested in purchasing one (or more!) of our goats, please email us or call us at 802-333-9102. We will require an interview and a description of how you plan to care for your goat(s), as we want to ensure our animals are going to well-prepared homes. Goats are social animals that cannot be kept individually, so we will not sell single goats unless you already have goats at home.