Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goats

These Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goats have been considered more of a novelty than true dairy animals for many years, the American Dairy Goat Association officially recognized this breed for its registry in 2005. Introduced in the early 1980s, when they were seen mostly in zoos, some of these little imports are excellent milkers for their size.

Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goats

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Nigerian Dwarf Goats

As more serious breeders continue to develop them, their milk production is constantly increasing. What’s more, they are considered dual-purpose animals, providing both milk and meat. Consequently, this breed is of particular interest to the backyard or small farmer.

The Nigerian Dwarf was the breed chosen for the Biosphere 2 experiment, in which eight people spent 2 years (from 1991 to 1993) sealed inside a self contained, mostly self-sufficient dome in Arizona, along with 3,500 plant and animal species and no outside supplies or support except electricity.

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Miniature Nigerian Dwarf 

Biosphere 2 was designed as a space-colony model, though ecological research became the primary, scientific goal. At any rate, future space travelers might be milking Nigerian Dwarfs! One Nigerian Dwarf Goat doe gave a whopping 6.3 pounds (2.9 kg) of milk on one test day in Biosphere 2, and another had 11.3 percent butterfat. 

A well-bred and well-managed Nigerian can be expected to produce an average of a quart (1L) a day over a 305-day lactation. Many of these good producers have teats as large as those of the full-size breeds and are milked just as easily.

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Raising-Nigerian-Dwarf 

The Nigerian Dwarf takes less space than full-size breeds and is an excellent choice for the small farmer. Nigerian Dwarf Goats conformation is similar to that of the larger dairy breeds. All parts of the body are in balanced proportion. The nose is straight, ears are upright, and any color or combination is acceptable. Does can be no more than 22½ inches (57 cm) tall, bucks no more than 23½ inches (60 cm) tall. 

Weight should be about 75 pounds (35 kg). Being oversize for the breed standard is a disqualification in a goat show, as are a curly coat, a Roman nose, pendulous ears, and evidence of myotonia (a muscle condition characteristic of “fainting” goats).

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Nigerian Dwarf Goats offer several advantages to the home dairy. Three Dwarfs can be kept in the space needed by one standard goat, so with staggered breedings a year-round milk supply is easier to achieve. This is enhanced by the Dwarf’s propensity to breed year-round. 

These small goats can be kept on places that might not have room for larger animals. Also, for some people, a regular goat will produce too much milk, while the Dwarf’s quart-or-so a day is just fine. And the smaller animal is obviously easier to handle and transport, an attribute that many folks find especially appealing.
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One potential disadvantage

Many people still regard Nigerian Dwarfs as pets. If you purchase one from someone other than a dairy breeder, chances are the goat does not come from a line that has been upgraded and bred for milk production. 

She may not give enough milk to make it worth a trip to the barn, and if she has never been bred, she may have physiological problems that prohibit her from being bred in the future. Animals like this are not ideal choices for the home dairy.

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