ABOUT NIGERIAN DWARF GOATS


Quick Facts About Nigerian Dwarf Goats

Nigerian Dwarf Standard

This is a photo of one of our 6 month old polled bucks.

Per the NDGA, Nigerian Dwarfs is the only true miniature goat  that offers both dairy type and character.  A Nigerian Dwarf Doe's ideal height is 17" to 19"; up to 21" is allowed at the withers..  A buck's ideal size is 19" to 21" and up to 23" at the withers is allowed.

ND Buck Breed Standard

One of our bucks at 3 1/2 months old.

A ND buck should be strong, wide and masculine with dairy character and be no more than 23" at the withers with any color or combination of colors.  Ears should be relatively long in comparison to head size, narrow, erect and dairy-type.  

ND Doe Breed Standard

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Body parts in proportion to the does size.  Long bodied, wide but refined standing no more than 21" at the withers with any color or combination of colors.  Ears relatively long in comparison to head size, narrow, erect and dairy type.  

About ND Goat Milk

Nigerian Dwarf Goat's Milk - Delicious!

A ND goat can produce up to 2 quarts of delicious, sweet milk per day  that is higher in butter fat and protein than other breeds of goats.  Nigerian Dwarf's butter fat ranges between 5 and 10 percent!

USDA Approved Livestock

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The USDA approves the ND as a livestock dairy goat which makes them eligible for youth 4H and FFA projects.  ND goats are easy to handle so children easily handle these cute little darlings! 

Housing for ND Goats

Small barns or sheds serve ND goats well.

ND goats need secure housing &  fencing to keep predators such as neighborhood dogs & coyotes away.  ND's need to have dry, draft free, safe housing to protect them from the elements.  


ADGA Abbreviations

What are all those ABBREVIATIONS anyway?

  

What do all of the abbreviations you see on registration papers, articles and websites that talk about dairy goats?  Well here is a copy of the list for all those terms supplied by the American Dairy Goat Association, otherwise known as ADGA.  This is a good list to get familiarized with terms that are often times referred to in the dairy goat world. 


GENERAL DAIRY GOAT ACRONYMS

+ – Good Plus (Linear)

+B  – Plus Buck earned from offspring production information

*B  – Star Buck awarded from parent production information

*M – Star Milker

A – Acceptable (Linear)

AI – Artificial Insemination

AM – American (Herdbook)

AR – Advanced Registry Milk Awards

AS1C – Alpha S1 Casein

BDIS – Best Doe in Show

BOB – Best of Breed

BOS – Best of Show

BU – Best Udder

BUOB  – Best Udder of Breed

BUOS – Best Udder of Show

CAE – Caprine Arthritis Encephalitis

CL – Caseous Lymphadenitis

CH  – Champion

D/AV – Daughter Average

D – Dam

DHI – Dairy Herd Improvement

DHIA – Dairy Herd Improvement Association

DHIR – Dairy Herd Improvement Registry

DIM – Days in Milk

DNA – Deoxyribonucleic Acid

DRPC – Dairy Records Processing Center

E – Excellent (Linear)

EC – ADGA Executive Committee

EC – Extremely Correct (Linear)

ET – Embryo Transfer

ETA – Estimated Transmitting Ability

F – Fair (Linear)

FS – Final Score (Linear)

G6-S – G6-Sulfatase Deficiency

GCH – Grand Champion

ITP – Innovative Test Plan (non traditional DHI plans accepted by ADGA – see DHI Glossary)

JCH – Junior Champion

LA – Linear Appraisal

MSL – Medial Suspensory Ligament

NOA – Native on Appearance

OS – Owner Sampler test plan – see FAQ section for DHIR

P – Poor (Linear)

PB – Purebred (Herdbook)

PTA – Predicted Transmitting Ability

PTI – Production Type Index

RCH – Reserve Champion

REL – Reliability

RG – Recorded Grade

ROA – Report of Awards

RT – Reproductive Technologies

S – Sire

SG – Superior Genetics

SGCH- Superior Genetics Grand Champion

ST – Star Volume Milk Awards

(J)TC – Judges Training Conference

(Pre)TC – Pre Judges Training Conference

VG – Very Good (Linear)

VT – Verification Test


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