Nigerian Dwarf Goats
Our herd is located in Wainfleet, Ontario, which is in the Niagara Region. Our goal is to produce wonderful milking goats that have a great pedigree and conformation. Temperament is also extremely important to us, and all the babies born on our farm will be handled daily to help make them as friendly as possible. Feel free to view our breeding schedule to see the pairings and due dates!
Nigerian Dwarf goats are a small dairy breed that is great for small homesteads. They are very friendly, and will follow you around and jump on you to cuddle. They produce a large quantity of milk for their tiny statures. At only 19-22 inches for the does (and up to 23 inches for the bucks), a Nigerian Dwarf doe from good milking lines will typically produce around 1 - 2L per day. Their milk also has the highest level of butterfat (4-10%, with an average of around 6%), which gives the milk an incredibly creamy taste. It does not have the typical "goaty" flavour that store-bought goat milk often has. It tastes like a sweeter and creamier version of cow's milk. Goat's milk is naturally homogenized and is more easily digestable. Cow's milk takes about 24h to digest, while goat's milk is digested in about 20 minutes. Many people with lactose intolerance are able to drink goat's milk, though this varies individually.
To give milk, goats need to have given birth, called kidding. The gestation period for these small goats is around 145 days, though can sometimes last 155 days, after which they can give birth to between 1-6 babies, called kids. The most common number of kids is 2, then 1 or 3 (equally as likely). More than 3 kids is uncommon. Male kids are called bucklings and female kids are called doelings. The mother is called the dam and the father the sire.
When does come into milk, it is called freshening (refreshing the milk production). On the first freshening, the doe will give less milk than her full potential. It can take a few freshenings for a doe to reach her full potential.
Nigerian Dwarf goats and Pygmy goats were originally from the same ancestor, however, through selective breeding, the Pygmy goat became a miniature meat goat, while the Nigerian Dwarf became a dairy goat.