WELCOME TO THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF THE
NIGERIAN DWARF GOAT!
As the name implies, the Nigerian Dwarf has it's roots in West Africa and
are often confused with a similar animal, the
Pygmy goat. Pygmies are also a
miniature goat but with a body more like a meat breed goat with little
variation in color pattern. In contrast, Nigerians are very colorful in
whites, blacks, reds, blues, chocolates and goldens with markings such as
freckles, spots, belts, and blotches.
The Nigerian is a true miniature milk goat. They are friendly with a gentle
temperament making them ideal for milking. They will produce about 1 to 1½
quarts of milk a day. The butterfat (6-10%) and protein (5%) percentages are
higher than most other dairy goat breeds.
It is not necessary to milk your Nigerian but you can raise them for the
pure pleasure they provide as pets. Because of their small size they take up
very little space. Like other dairy goats they are very clean. They are
easily transported in a dog kennel. The Nigerian will not "butt" people due
to their gentle nature. Adult does usually stand about 18-20" at the withers
and will weight approximately 50-65 pounds.
The Nigerian doe can be bred year round, but most kids are born in the
spring. The usual litter will produce two to three kids,
but they can have
as few as one or as many as six after a gestation of approximately 150 days.
Contrary to what many people think, goats will not eat everything. They may
try something due to their inquisitive nature, but if it is not edible or
they don't like the taste or it gives them a tummy ache they won't try it
again. We have found that they really enjoy poison ivy so they keep that
cleaned out of our pastures! They also like to graze all along the fence
line giving our pasture that manicured look!
There are usually several doe kids and wether kids (neutered bucks) for sale
at our farm. All kids are bottle fed from birth making them very people
friendly and wonderful pets for any family member. Please contact us for
availability. We also provide buck service on request.
For more information about our goat herd
see our son's website,
• Home • About Us • For Sale • Goats • Links • Last Word •
Visitors always welcome - Contact us for directions
Email: SidesFamily [at] CornerstoneLlamas [dot] com
Phone: (540) 672-6343