Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goat Breeding News



It’s very early still–maybe too early to share. But since this is our first year owning goats, everything is exciting, and I am going to share anyway. We found someone to work with us for our first breeding this fall! Yes!

Nigerian Dwarf Goat Breeding News - Stone Family Farmstead

I am especially excited because I wasn’t sure that I would be able to find anyone that uses the same practices that I do so close to home. I was blessed to be able to connect with a lady that I knew from Abi’s old 4H club, who put me in touch with a lady who lives within 10 minutes of me. She put me in touch with a very knowledgeable girl in 4H who is willing to work with me under specific circumstances, for the safety of both of our herds.

Katelyn has two bucks for me to choose from, both being show bucks with a decent history in the show ring. They are both papered with the American Dairy Goat Association, so if this breeding goes well, our babies will be able to be papered as official dairy goats. Katelyn’s practices are very close to what I planned for mine, so I feel that we would be a good match if Naomi tests healthy.

I am so relieved that I have a direction to go and a date to shoot for. If all goes well, Naomi will be a first freshener. I’m not positive we will get much milk from her the first year since it will be her first time, and because I would like our kids to be dam-raised for at least the first three months, that’s really ok with me. I’m just happy to get started.

Tentative Timeline

September will be a busy month for me, as I will be testing Naomi for CL, CAE, and Johne’s. If all comes back negative for those three diseases, I will proceed with my plans to do a few things to boost Naomi’s system, readying it to carry a pregnancy.

October will be breeding month. Naomi will spend a couple of days with her new buck boyfriend so all the magic can happen! If she goes into heat twice, we may need to do this twice.

November will present the opportunity to send in a blood test to find out whether Naomi is pregnant or not (a month after breeding). If she is not, we would have to try it again if the buck is still available.

March would be kidding month if all goes according to the above timeline. Within two weeks of the kidding date, the babies will be disbudded.

April and May will be the months when I register the goats, if I do. This will depend on whether any of the kids are reserved and the new owners want their kid to be papered with ADGA.

June will be the month when the kids can start to go to their new homes, providing they are all sold.

Stay Tuned…

If you are interested in owning a Nigerian Dwarf dairy goat for your farm, please keep us in mind, and stay tuned for more information regarding this fall’s breeding. Thank you!

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Kristi Stone

Kristi Stone

Honestly? I'm the author of this blog...sometimes. My family and I live in Sunny Southern California on a one acre hobby farm where we are working diligently to one day produce our dairy, eggs, and produce. That takes A LOT of work, so if you don't hear from me as soon as you'd like, give me a shout out in the comments and I'll chat back as soon as I can between the garden, goat kids, chickens, husband, human kids, and playing with my grandboy, Kieran. And in the mean time, if you'd like to see more frequently what goes on at our farm, please feel free to join my Facebook group (see the right column) where I am more active. I'd love to get to know you! šŸ™‚
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  1. Thanks for linking up at the Homestead Blog Hop. Hope to see you again this week.

  2. So exciting! Isn’t it amazing how we sometimes find just what we need in our own backyard (or close to it). Enjoy the journey!

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