Nigerian Dwarf Goats
Nigerian Dwarf Goats are a miniature dairy goat breed originating in West Africa and developed in the United States. Nigerian Dwarf Goats are a new, developing breed in Australia, and have become popular as pets for small rural acreages and as miniature dairy goats. They grow to the size of an average medium dog breed and live 10-15 years.
As Nigerian Dwarf Goats are a developing breed, you will find both high % stock and purebred (100%) available in the market.
Goats LOVE companionship! They are a herd animal, and as such need other goat friends of similar age and size. So always purchase at least two when starting your herd of goats.
All our goats when sold are registered, and will have pedigree papers, which will be transferred at the time of purchase. Our wethers are sold as pets, and are registered as such. Does and bucks are all DNA tested and certified through Massey University, New Zealand and registered.
Our property is Johnes Disease and Caprine Arthritis Encephalitis (CAE) free, and is tested annually.
All goats we sell or move will have all necessary documentation, they are required to have a:
- NLIS (National Livestock Identification System) ear tag
- National Vendor Declaration
- National Goat Health Declaration.
More information about these requirements can be found on the Integrity Systems website, https://www.integritysystems.com.au/identification--traceability/record-keeping/
- Keep in mind, goats are a long-term commitment. They can live up to 10-15 years, and as such, you need to be prepared to care for these lovely animals for this time.
- Ensure you have at least a couple of acres of well fenced paddocks, to keep your goats safely in, and predators out. These paddocks must also allow you to rotate your goats within, this allows for worm management.
- Check that your land has local council approval to keep livestock.
- Apply for a Property Identification Code (PIC) as this will be needed to have livestock on your land. Apply for this when you are preparing for goats as it sometimes takes a few weeks to process. This can be applied for on the Department of Primary Industries website, https://www.lls.nsw.gov.au/i-want-to/apply-for-a-property-identification-code
- A permanent shelter will be needed to protect your goats from wind, rain and heat. The shelter should also be lockable at night to keep young goats safe from predators till they are at least 6 months old. The shelter should be kept dry, have good ventilation and have bedding such as straw or wood shavings as a base to keep them warm. Sheds with a dog run attached work well.
- You will need dishes for food, water and a hay bag to hold and keep hay clean.
- Mental Stimulation is necessary for your goats. This includes play equipment, branches, rocks and a variety of different surfaces.
Goats need to be vaccinated; a first dose given at 6 weeks old, then a booster at 10 weeks old. Annual boosters will then be needed, your local Livestock Vet will be able to recommend the correct vaccine and schedule for your goats and property. We use and recommend:
Livestock Veterinary Services, University of Sydney – University Veterinary Teaching Hospital Camden, https://univetslivestock.com.au
- Goats need their hooves trimmed regularly, every 6-8 weeks. This is something that there are many online videos and diagrams to follow. Hoof trimmers, tin snips or secateurs can be used. Having rocks, climbing equipment and rough surfaces will lengthen the time between trims.
- Check regularly for intestinal worms, your vet can help with a worm count from faecal samples to find out whether worms are present and any required treatment for your goats on your property. Over the counter drenches are available from produce stores, always check whether they are registered for goats, and check their registered suitable age and for pregnant does.
- Check regularly for mites and lice on your goat’s coat. Pestene powder is registered for use with goats to treat if needed, https://petaquarium.com.au/products/inca-pestene-powder-500gm?_pos=1&_sid=e6067b94e&_ss=r
- Campbelltown Pet and Aquarium, for collars, leads and jumpers
- Australian Goat Breeders Inc
- University Veterinary Teaching Hospital Camden
- Property Identification Code