I have known for years now that I wanted at the very least 1 dairy goat. It just makes sense to me, as much as “Goats Rock” why have a dairy cow?
Over the years I had researched the different breeds available. Of the many the Nigerian Dwarf seemed to have what I was looking for in a dairy goat.
Small, cost efficient, food to output ratio nearly equal, did I say small? Gentle, friendly, curious, sweet and loving dispositions.
I have a friend that raises Nubians (which would have been my second choice) and I discussed the pros & cons of each with her.
She almost convinced me that little Nigerian teats would be a pain to milk. Indeed, in my researching I had read that because of this they can be a challenge to milk,
BUT not all Nigerians have small teats!
How lucky was this granny to acquire 2 beautiful Nigerian does IN MILK with large teats and a blue-eyed buck – not related to either! Score!
We are talking 3 finger milkers here! That’s almost a whole hand (yes my hands are very small) I say always go with you first instinct and with that said,
I am so proud to introduce the beginning of our dairy herd to you …
” drum roll “
She is THE MOST easy-going goat ever – super easy milker and VERY patient
(her “lips” remind me of Margaret on Mash – thus the “Hot Lips”
Jazz can get a little bitchy on the milk stand but I find if she has enough grain & I work quickly she is fine.
She even lets down a second time!
Between the two girls I get 1/2 gallon of milk a day!
He’s just a little goat and was a pickle when he first got here, but has turned out to be real sweet and kind.
Nice and gentle. He looks rough here due to the fact that he came to us in rut and is covered in buck “cologne” in this photo
This is Jazzy & Blue’s kid. He will be up for sale soon.
He too is a very gentle young man and so tiny