Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goats
The girls may be diminutive in size, but they almost rival a full sized goat for their udders. Daphne and Sherry are pure bred Nigerian Dwarf goats and Cecelia is about 7/8ths Nigerian. Cecelia had quads last year and kept three, but the little girl was the tiny one and got pushed away all the time. She would not take a bottle either and got weaker and weaker and succumbed one day after about a week. Daphne has had triplets and twins in the past. This is her third pregnancy and she is very large and so is her udder. Her daughter, who was bred to a Nigerian buck, is also ready to birth, likely a day before her mother by the look of her and her udder is huge and engorged. I have not tried to milk any goats, but the long teats would make the process quite a bit easier than say a Pygmy goat, though the Pygmy has richer milk with a higher percentage of butterfat. This year, I may try a milk share so I can make some goat's milk soap for the farm store. It is just a waiting game now, with any of the three ready to give birth at any moment. Beautiful little ladies, they are!
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