NorthRidge Farm. Getting into Goats!

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A little information about myself. I live on a small family farm on 37 acres of land located in western NY. We've raised poultry, swine, beef/jersey cows, and equine. Just last year we recently got into goats, more specifically Nigerian Dwarfs. We started out with two wethers just as pets, but after looking more into the breed and the benefits of raising goats for milk and such we decided to get into breeding. So we bought a little buckling, and two doelings, unregistered. Then I decided I wanted registered animals.. Sooo we came across a family who was getting out of breeding their nigerians, bought 4 does and their buck from them for cheap, ended up banding and selling our original buckling, and kept our two original does since I had grown too close to part with them.

Kidding season came and flew by! All of our does had kidded, had a little issue with toxemia but besides that i'd say we had a successful first kidding season :D =D We managed to sell all of our kids, and kept gradually adding to our herd..
We went from having two wethers to 12 does and 4 bucks! :hide Goats can definitely be addicting :oops:
My herd mainly consists of pet quality nigerians, so my goal is to start with what I have and breed for better milk production and body confirmation. I've invested in a couple of bucks from some good lines to help get things going, but i'm happy with what i have for now and can't wait to seriously start breeding :D =D I've just started working out my breeding schedule for 2021. It's been fun so far trying to figure out who's going with who.
This thread will mainly just be a journal about my progress with goats and the farm that i'll try and update weekly, feel free to read along~
 
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Miss @Jaime,

Welcome to Back Yard Herds! You will find a lot of knowledgeable folks here on the forum, as well as a lot of friendly ones. (For what it's worth, I consider myself friendly but not knowledgeable!) Some folks who know a good bit about raising goats include Miss @B&B Happy goats, Miss @rachels.haven, Miss @Duckfarmerpa1, Miss @chickens really, and others. I am sure that I have forgotten some others that also raise goats -- an artifact of the senile part of my name.

If you don't mind, please tell everyone in what part of the country or world you are located. That will help folks tailor their advice to you. For example, some of us are located in the southern part of the US, and others are located in the northern part or the western part of the US, while some are located in Canada. A few of the members are located in the UK and Australia! Suggestions for one part of the world may not apply to another part of the world.

But again, welcome to Back Yard Herds!

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Hello ...πŸ‘πŸ˜€
Beautiful pictures as usual. ❀🐐🐐🐐🐐🐐
I look forward to following along. :weee
You clipped the goats. That's awesome. Mine are not clipped because doing dogs is bad enough here. πŸ€ πŸ˜‚
You and only you and that one Doe are my reason for my goats! :woot....I blame you and also thank you for the push into my goat adventure..❀🐐🐐🐐🐐
 
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Hello ...πŸ‘πŸ˜€
Beautiful pictures as usual. ❀🐐🐐🐐🐐🐐
I look forward to following along. :weee
You clipped the goats. That's awesome. Mine are not clipped because doing dogs is bad enough here. πŸ€ πŸ˜‚
You and only you and that one Doe are my reason for my goats! :woot....I blame you and also thank you for the push into my goat adventure..❀🐐🐐🐐🐐
I knew that was β€˜your friend Jaime’....just knew it!!❀🀣🐐
 

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Yes, your goats are gorgeous...I’ve got two mini oberhasli now...and, to be honest..when people come here and rave about how gorgeous they are...you see...I bought them....the6 are not β€˜home grown’...so when my babies are not seen as the golden children....hmmmm... although..my agouti goat, Willy, he does always ge5 tons of praise...and the blue eyed ND...
I guess I just want everyone to rave about them all??🀣❀🐐. But, honestly, the6 are here far too long as it is! Ugh....I can’t wait to see and read more about your goaties!!
 

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Yes, your goats are gorgeous...I’ve got two mini oberhasli now...and, to be honest..when people come here and rave about how gorgeous they are...you see...I bought them....the6 are not β€˜home grown’...so when my babies are not seen as the golden children....hmmmm... although..my agouti goat, Willy, he does always ge5 tons of praise...and the blue eyed ND...
I guess I just want everyone to rave about them all??🀣❀🐐. But, honestly, the6 are here far too long as it is! Ugh....I can’t wait to see and read more about your goaties!!
Pedigree and show quality isn’t needed! GOATS are fantastic just because they are Goats. I love my Mixed breed goats! Fantastic pets.
 

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Miss @Jaime,

Welcome to Back Yard Herds! You will find a lot of knowledgeable folks here on the forum, as well as a lot of friendly ones. (For what it's worth, I consider myself friendly but not knowledgeable!) Some folks who know a good bit about raising goats include Miss @B&B Happy goats, Miss @rachels.haven, Miss @Duckfarmerpa1, Miss @chickens really, and others. I am sure that I have forgotten some others that also raise goats -- an artifact of the senile part of my name.

If you don't mind, please tell everyone in what part of the country or world you are located. That will help folks tailor their advice to you. For example, some of us are located in the southern part of the US, and others are located in the northern part or the western part of the US, while some are located in Canada. A few of the members are located in the UK and Australia! Suggestions for one part of the world may not apply to another part of the world.

But again, welcome to Back Yard Herds!

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Thank you! I'm already finding this website a wonderful place with wonderful people~! I've added my location in my first post 😊

Hello ...πŸ‘πŸ˜€
Beautiful pictures as usual. ❀🐐🐐🐐🐐🐐
I look forward to following along. :weee
You clipped the goats. That's awesome. Mine are not clipped because doing dogs is bad enough here. πŸ€ πŸ˜‚
You and only you and that one Doe are my reason for my goats! :woot....I blame you and also thank you for the push into my goat adventure..❀🐐🐐🐐🐐
Yes! That took quite some time getting them all clipped πŸ˜… Still have a few bucks to clip :hide
Whoops! Goats are just too addictive πŸ˜‚ I'm glad you got into goats, with a little bit of help πŸ˜‰ you definitely look more like a goat person than a chicken person~

Yes, your goats are gorgeous...I’ve got two mini oberhasli now...and, to be honest..when people come here and rave about how gorgeous they are...you see...I bought them....the6 are not β€˜home grown’...so when my babies are not seen as the golden children....hmmmm... although..my agouti goat, Willy, he does always ge5 tons of praise...and the blue eyed ND...
I guess I just want everyone to rave about them all??🀣❀🐐. But, honestly, the6 are here far too long as it is! Ugh....I can’t wait to see and read more about your goaties!!
I looked into oberhaslis, gorgeous goats! But nigerians definitely won me over 😁 And yes! My blue eyed babies definitely get more attention than my brown eyed lol. Im sure your goats are just as adorable πŸ₯°
 
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