|Goat Milk in a Small Package?|
Nigerian dwarf goats are compact home milkers, kudzu cleaners, show animals and pets.
Oldesouth Farm in Selma raises Registered Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goats. These small goats are easy to handle, take up less space and eat less than a larger goat. They come in a variety of colors and some give as much milk as a large dairy goat. They breed year-round and can supply a family with milk all year. The Nigerian Dwarf is about a third the size of a regular dairy goat.
We are innovative breeders who actually milk our little goats. We have been raising Nigerians since 2004 and have really strived to develop a quality, small, family dairy goat.
These little goats average a quart of milk per day in the breed. Our herd average is a quart-and-a-half and improving. These small goats can milk over a half gallon of rich, six to ten percent milk fat milk. Some top producers give three-quarters to a gallon of milk per day. The milk is very sweet and makes great homemade cheese, yogurt and ice cream. We make goat milk soap products to sell locally and cheese like Chevre and Fromage Chevre for our family. Nigerian milk makes great Brie and Camembert cheeses for special occasions as well.
Our Oldesouth Blue Alexa is barely 19 inches tall and produces three pounds of milk a day (eight pounds to a gallon of milk).
We are the first and only Nigerian Goat Herd on the DHIR (Dairy Herd Improvement Registry) in Alabama. DHIR is a milk-testing and record-keeping entity which helps the dairy farmer keep track of their herd production. We receive information on each doe, total herd, completed and projected records, as well as somatic cell counts. We milk each doe up to a 305-day lactation. We want to improve the milking ability of these little goats and the best way to do this is by monthly testing to see where our production is and where we can make improvements.
The ADGA (American Dairy Goat Association) and AGS (American Goat Society) work with the DHIR and award production stars, advanced registry and top production awards to goats meeting certain production levels and testing conditions. A private Nigerian Club, NDGA (Nigerian Dwarf Goat Association) also offers awards and top production recognition.
We show our goats several times a year and this year will be getting our herd linear appraisals which is also improving our conformation and herd in general. The Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goat is ideal for family pets and milk. Their small size makes them easy to handle and they are not pushy like the larger dairy goats. They come in all colors, some have blue eyes and they have the cutest babies ever. The bucks are small and friendly, and do not tear up the farm like some larger breeds do.
We test our goats annually for CAE (caprine arthritis encephalitis) and Johne’s, and have a negative herd. We sell goats and kids to self-sufficient families wanting to have their own natural milk supply and enjoy the process of making their own dairy products. The neutered males (wethers) make great pets, kudzu cleaners and general brush control. We can supply folks with pets, nice show goats and milk-stand trained home milkers.
We buy our feed from Central Alabama Farmers Co-op in Selma.