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
% / lbs
|NIGERIAN DWARF||315||3y6m||706||280-1510||6.3 / 45||4.4 / 31||1037|