Nigerian Dwarf

Nigerian Dwarfs are an African breed.  This miniature dairy breed produces less milk and meat than a full-size goat, but is ideal for a small family with a small backyard, provided the goats come from milking stock and not pet stock.  The Nigerian Dwarf has smaller teats than a full-size goat, so milking may be difficult for someone with large hands.  Nigerian Dwarfs come in all goat colors.  Mature does weigh 30 to 50 pounds; bucks weigh 35 to 60 pounds.  Nigerian Dwarfs are known for their high butterfat content.  During the milking season, the butterfat content can reach as high as about 10%, tho on average it’s about 6.3%.  Some say that milk from a Nigerian Dwarf tastes sweeter than other goat milk because of its higher butterfat content.

DHIR BREED AVERAGES – 2015 LACTATIONS
DOES 275-305 DAYS in MILK N= AVG. AGE at START of LACTATION MILK lbs RANGE B-FAT
% / lbs
PROTEIN
% / lbs
 ECM*lbs
NIGERIAN DWARF 315 3y6m 706 280-1510 6.3 / 45 4.4 / 31 1037

6 thoughts on “Nigerian Dwarf”

  1. We are looking for a couple of dwarf goats for pets. We want either does or wether. Wanted to check if you had goats available.

    1. Hello Jeffrey – great, there are many Nigerian Dwarf breeders with IDGA. Check the breeder’s list. Here’s a link to ND breeders who offer buck service: https://www.iowadairygoat.org/business-directory/?dosrch=1&q=&wpbdp_view=search&listingfields%5B1%5D=&listingfields%5B10%5D=&listingfields%5B6%5D=&listingfields%5B5%5D=&listingfields%5B12%5D=&listingfields%5B14%5D=Nigerian+Dwarf&listingfields%5B15%5D%5B%5D=&listingfields%5B15%5D%5B%5D=Buck+Service+Available
      Also, some others may be able to help you out with AI/and or buck service, the complete list of ND breeders is here: https://www.iowadairygoat.org/business-directory/wpbdp_category/nigerian-dwarf/

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