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Newbie here! I need help find a reputable breeder!

Discussion in 'Breeds & Breeding - Goats' started by Lovemygoaties, Feb 14, 2017.

  1. Feb 14, 2017
    Lovemygoaties

    Lovemygoaties Just born

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    Hi everyone! I'm a newbie here and am loving all the great advice from experienced people!! We currently have dogs, cats, hens, and our amazing rooster Bandit! However, I am really excited to start a small goat herd with nigerian dwarf goats. My mother-in-law has COPD and can't drink store bought milk. I'm hoping to be able to get enough milk from the goaties to supply our four growing boys plus my mom and dad. I was told I need to be sure to get quality goats if I'm going to milk them but I'm having trouble finding a breeder of the Nigerian Dwarf Goats in Missouri. Does anyone have any suggestions? Thanks in advance!
     
  2. Feb 14, 2017
    Latestarter

    Latestarter Novice; "Practicing" Animal Husbandry Moderator

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    First off, greetings and welcome to BYH! Glad you joined up. Your first stop should probably be the various goat societies for their member listings.
    https://adga.org/ http://www.americangoatsociety.com/ http://www.andda.org/

    I just did a quick Googel search for Nigerian Dwarf Goats Missouri and came up with quite a few different breeder sites. Now is actually a good time to start looking for goats as it's kidding season for most and you may be able to buy a goat "in milk" and not have to wait through gestation and kidding for a milk goat (like till next year). You may be able to buy mom/kid pairs as well. The kid will need some of mom's milk but you can collect the rest. Just so you know, I don't know how many goats you're thinking of getting but a Nigie only typically produces about a quart to 1/2 gallon a day... Some really "milky" Nigies might get to almost a gallon (with 4+ milkings per day), but they are really small goats! So to feed Mom/dad-in-law and yourself/spouse as well as 4 growing boys, you'll need more than 1 or 2 goats in milk and it takes time to milk them as well.

    Have you looked at/considered perhaps minis instead? They are a cross between a full sized goat and a Nigie so fall somewhere in the middle size wise, but have the milk advantages of the full sized goat (more than a Nigie) with the better economy (lower feed costs) of the Nigie.

    For your first go-round with goats, you could look at Craigs List as well and see if anyone has Nigies or milk goats advertised. At least it would get you started. Anyway, Browse through the threads and make yourself at home! Good luck with your shopping and I hope you'll share some pics when you get your girls! :D
     
  3. Feb 14, 2017
    animalmom

    animalmom True BYH Addict

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    If you are a member of ADGA you can search the membership by state. If you are not a member that's ok. If you would give us an idea of where you are looking that would be helpful (like St. Louis area, Kansas City area or something like that). There are 123 ADGA members in Missouri and that's a tad much for me to post here.

    If you want to see member with websites that would shorten the list a bit, and please keep in mind that I can not vouch for any member.

    You can also try "googling", or what ever you use to query the internet, "Nigerian Dwarf Goats Missouri" and see what pops us.

    Personally, I would be apprehensive with anything on your local Craig's list... just me but the local one here has lots of goats... but you have to ask a lot of questions to get answers you understand and I think going with a good breeder is the better route. Ask if the dams and sires are tested for CAE, and CL. You want to buy from a clean herd.

    However you find your goaties I know you are going to enjoy them! I have Nigerians and I am very partial.

    @Latestarter also has given you some good advise.

    Don't feel that you HAVE TO buy from someone you are talking to. If you are getting evasive answers then walk away, quickly. Keep asking questions until you understand what you are being told. A good breeder will take the time to make sure you understand. A good breeder wants you to be successful... and happy. A happy owner has happy goats and happy goats in milk will milk better.

    Keep asking us questions! We all started out buying our first stock at some point in time. You don't have to buy registered, you do need to buy healthy.

    Good luck. We love, love, love new folks as much as we love seeing pictures.
     
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    NH homesteader

    NH homesteader Herd Master

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    Yes LS minis are awesome!

    I second, don't buy from Craigslist. Ihave had nothing but issues with the animals I've found there and have learned my lesson, that it's better to spend more $ up front buying from a breeder!
     
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    Mini Horses

    Mini Horses Loving the herd life

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    Welcome from VA.

    Health & handling of your goats is very important. As to CL, while you must be cautious, there are some listings which have great animals!!! Our concern with YOU for CL is that you are new to goats and may not recognize what others might see as a red flag in the add or at the farm, etc. BUT same applies to some of the "listed breeders" in the registry....it's good to have a newbie ask first. It would be even better if you had a mentor to go with you.

    As to milk...why did you want NDs? Some of the full sized goats easily give 1 gal plus a day, you'd only need two. Everyone has a preference -- it's all good -- size, looks, animal butterfat in milk, ease of milking, etc.
     
  6. Feb 17, 2017
    Lovemygoaties

    Lovemygoaties Just born

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    Thanks everyone for all the helpful answers!! I live near the st louis area so am looking in that area. I was looking at the Nigerians simply because my I have 4 boys ranging from 7-12 and I wanted them to get to help with the milking. I also thought as a newbie to goats, it might be easier for me to handle getting started if they were a little smaller. We live on 20 acres but the area we are fencing for the goats isn't huge.
     
  7. Feb 17, 2017
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    animalmom True BYH Addict

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    Here's what I pulled off the ADGA website for your general area. I can not vouch for these farms as I do not know any of these folks, but it might help your search. You certainly can say you got the information from another ADGA member should you be asked. These are all Nigerian Dwarf folks. If you want any other breed you can let me know.

    BUSCH, LORI LIL BIT O'CHARM FARM (314) 799-4635 http://www.lilbitocharmfarm.com lbcfarm@yahoo.com
    13724 STATE RD TT
    FESTUS MO 63028

    HARLOW, DENISE 7097 FRENCH VILLAGE RD (314) 221-9664 http://www.harlowfarms.weebly.com dmharl@yahoo.com
    FESTUS MO 63028

    M & A FARMS C/O CHRIS STEFFENS hobbyfarmer72@hotmail.com
    2783 HUSKEY RD
    FESTUS MO 63028

    OWEN, JOELLA 12719 PETER MOORE LN (636) 448-5965 http://owenacresgoatsandthings.com owenjoella@yahoo.com
    DE SOTO MO 63020

    SCHUTTE, LOU ANNE 11933 HILLSBORO VICTORIA ROAD (636) 208-6173 http://www.busybrowsers.com louanneskhemo@aol.com
    DE SOTO MO 63020

    WILLIAMS, KAREN, TOM, LOGAN & ALLYSUN 6770 HWY YY (314) 402-4511 ch4mpion2002@gmail.com
    WASHINGTON MO 63090

    LAWSON, HOLLY M 3415 HWY Y (314) 974-2696 rt_laws@hotmail.com
    VALLES MINES MO 63087 USA

    ROE, JOHNNIE M REAU DEAU DAIRY (770) 402-6189 http://www.reaudeau.org jroe1966@gmail.com
    8383 HWY FF
    GRUBVILLE MO 63041 USA

    WHITE, STEVE & JOY 274 STROTHMANN HILLS LN (314) 708-0500 scubajoy@charter.net
    ROBERTSVILLE MO 63072 USA


    Hope your search is successful. Please let all of us know how the quest is going, and of course pictures, please and thank you!
     
  8. May 12, 2017
    Prairie Fleur

    Prairie Fleur Chillin' with the herd

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    image.jpeg image.jpeg image.jpeg Where in Missouri are you located? I'm from southwest Ks and ended up getting my first Nigerians from the Colorado Springs area.
    Since then I've made the 6 hr trip down to Dills a Little Goat Farm in Oklahoma twice for a new herdsire and a new doe. My current herdsire and my new one are both from there. I can't say enough good things about Ellen Dorsey and her animals. Healthy, high production, resistant to parasites and disease her animals are a living gold mine. Several of her does have made the top 10 in ADGA milk producers. Can't thing of the formal name for that at the moment.
    Another breeder who had excellent stock from Ks is Alicia Bigelow of Nu-Flower Nigerians and Nubians from Wichita Ks. She works with Dills lines like I do. She's also my mentor in all things goat related. Beautiful outstanding animals there as well. Prices from her are usually lower than Ellens just because the Dills name isn't on the offspring any more.
    I realize these aren't in Missouri but I had a hard time finding a breeding in Ks as well. These two I know personally and know them to be honest and very particular about the quality of their animals.
    Also I agree with some of the other posters who mentioned mini goats rather than NDs. I focus on breeding quality Nigerians but my very favorite doe to milk is a mini Nubian that I got from Alicia. Her sire is Dills GA Pandemic and her dam was a Nubian doe (can't remember the name), outstanding milking lines top and bottom. She's milking an estimated 3/4 gal a day as a second freshener, huge milkable teats and a beautifully attached udder. She's MUCH easier to hand milk than the Nigerians because of the larger teats AND her production is outstanding. She's only slightly bigger than my Nigerian Dwarfs, and not even half the size of my yearling Nubian doe.
    I'm attaching a few udder pics to demonstrate what I'm talking about. Most of my Nigis teats are a little over an inch long tops. My mini Nubians are over double that and much easier to grasp.