Nigerian Dwarf Goats are the absolute sweetest natured creatures. The four new ladies to the Fat Ewe Farm are miniature Nigerians, just over a foot tall at the withers. The black and white one has beautiful blue eyes and I think the cream one does too, but have not been able to see her eyes in all lights. She may have blue and gold eyes, that is with blue centers and brown surrounding iris areas. That is how they appear. The goats were bred to a black and white miniature Nigerian Dwarf Buck, who did not come along to the farm. Nigerian Dwarf goats are a small dairy breed, but their milk is richer than the large dairy goats, similar to the Pygmy goat milk, which can have 11% butterfat compared to 3% for the average dairy goat. These girls, at one year old, are smaller than the six month old standard bred Nigerian Dwarf doeling that was born on the farm to Daphne, a beautiful full size Nigerian Doe. They are friendly little ones and obviously have been grain fed, because whenever they see a bucket they begin to call out. Ruminants on the Fat Ewe Farm are not grain fed. After doing much research, it seems the stomach of a ruminent is designed to process rough forage and grain can actually make a goat sick unless given in small amounts like candy. They do digest the entire whole kernels, unlike pigs or humans, that have single stomachs. For treats, the goats sometimes get rabbit pellets, which do have grain in them, along with minerals and vitamins and alfalfa. Rabbits and goats require similar diets. Goats are browsers, related to deer in their eating habits and rabbits also browse, preferring leaves, berries, shrubs, bark and flowers to just grass.
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