If you've fallen in love with these charming little caprines, welcome to the club! We got our very first ND's in the fall of 2013 and haven't looked back. Their friendly, curious nature, sweet and creamy milk, and entertaining antics make the Nigerian Dwarf breed the ideal goat for the small acreage or homestead.
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Here on our farm, we ensure all our newborn goats are very well socialized with both goats and humans. That way they learn proper goat behaviours, but they also learn people manners and grow up to be super friendly yet respectful, which we feel is particularly important for bucks.
We select our breeding bucks partly on the basis of temperament, and we work with them from the time they're born to ensure they grow up friendly, well-mannered, and respectful of us as their guardians.
When they're young they enjoy frequent cuddles and other positive interaction with us, but we also provide appropriate guidance as they grow up so they understand what acceptable behaviour looks like.
For our most recent kidding season we used one of our own bucks for breeding (Jelly Bean, pictured above), as well as a new registered buckling, Vincent van Goat. Jelly Bean is out of one of our top milking does and his sire is also from excellent milking lines. Vinnie came to us from another Vancouver Island breeder raising a herd of registered, high quality milking goats, and we brought him in to continue improving our herd. With blue eyes, wattles, gorgeous colours and super sweet personalities in our bucks, we have had a wonderful and exciting 2018 kidding season!
We also have some lovely colours in our herd of does.
Small stature is another aspect we keep in mind when breeding. After all, this is a miniature breed!
But primarily we select for milk production in our breeding program.
This means that our goal is to have goats that produce a good quality and quantity of milk.
Finally, we select for patience, pleasant temperament and good milking manners, so that our goats will be easy to work with on the milk stand.
We currently milk once a day in the morning, and we record the milk production of each doe daily so we can evaluate the relative productivity of each doe.
As much as possible, we use natural husbandry methods along with excellent nutrition, plenty of fresh air, sunshine, exercise and love, to provide the basis for optimal health.
To manage parasites, we employ pasture rest and rotation, herbal supplements, and regular fecal sampling and monitoring. We also select for goats with good parasite resistance, and we focus on promoting a healthy digestive and intestinal tract to strengthen the goat's natural resistance. We will use a chemical wormer if absolutely necessary, but we have rarely had to do so and many of our goats have never had to be treated with deworming drugs.
Our goats eat a natural diet of pasture, browse and high quality hay, supplemented with a complete loose mineral and a variety of natural whole food supplements such as kelp meal, sunflower seed, flax seed, and nutritional herbs.
Their treats consist primarily of pesticide-free fruits and veggies from our garden, and each milking doe receives an individually tailored ration of grain, alfalfa and other supplements specific to her nutritional needs during pregnancy and lactation.
Our herd receives pedicures (hoof trims) every 4-6 weeks from birth to keep their feet and legs healthy. By trimming regularly it's easy to keep their feet sound, and as it's a regular routine for our goats, they take it in stride and happily jump on the stand for treats and a trim.
Herd health and biosecurity are very important to us. All goats over 12 months of age are tested annually for Caprine Arthritic Encephalitis (CAE) and Johne's disease. These tests are not considered accurate on goats younger than 12-18 months, which is why we test only the adults. To date all of our test results have been negative.
We also test any external abscesses for Caseous Lymphadenitis (CL) if and when they occur, as this is the only method of testing that yields 100% certain results. To date we have had one abscess occur, which tested negative for CL.
Our adult sheep also undergo annual testing for these same diseases, as they can be passed between these species. Our sheep have also tested negative to date.
Copies of our most recent herd health test results for both goats and sheep are available to all buyers upon request, prior to accepting a deposit to confirm a sale.
After much thought, research, and veterinary consultation, we have chosen not to vaccinate our goats. If buyers wish to vaccinate, we can either provide the necessary information or we can arrange to do this at cost. Keep in mind that if you choose to vaccinate, you will need to either have your vet give an annual booster shot, or learn how to do this yourself. It's simple to do and we are happy to show you how, if you would prefer to vaccinate your new goats.
Please note that we are no longer working from a reservation list for
our kids. Due to very high number of no-replies to our attempts to
contact buyers on our list for the past three years, we will now be
listing kids for sale as they become available.
We strive to find the best fit for you and for any animals we list for sale, in order to ensure both you and your new friend(s) are happy. To that end, we are happy to assist you in finding a good match. Please feel free to ask questions about any animal we have for sale.
Since we want to ensure our goats go to excellent homes where they will be loved and well cared for over the long term, it's helpful if you can tell us a little about your family, your property, your fencing and goat housing, any previous experience raising pets or livestock, and anything else you think is relevant and will help us make a good match for you.
Keep in mind that goats are herd animals and they need to have at least one other caprine companion or they will be very unhappy. For this reason, we will only sell in pairs at a minimum, unless you have one or more goats already.
All our kids are
disbudded/hornless (unless otherwise requested and full payment received
as a deposit) and will be ready to go to their new home with a
recent hoof trim, their personal health/history form, and a written
nutrition and feeding plan. We also provide unlimited mentoring/guidance
via email if desired, to help new goat owners and their animals thrive.
A $100 non-refundable deposit is required to hold a kid until it's old enough to go to its forever home. This is generally between 8-12 weeks of age and is dependent on rate of growth and the development of socialization and independence skills. Buyers are welcome to arrange visits with their reserved kid(s) at any time, dependent on our availability.
Sorry, all our 2018 kids have now been sold and placed in their new homes. Please check back in March 2019 as we will start kidding about the middle of the month.
We have been undergoing a herd reduction this Fall, and have sold a number of our adult milking goats. After much thought, we have decided to part with one more doe this year, and possibly would consider pairing her with another of our does if the buyer does not already have goats.
We also have one buck left for sale which we held back for Fall breeding. Now that his job here is done, he is actively seeking work on another farm.
You'll find details on these goats below...
Callie is a yearling first freshener (DOB July 2017) with very nice teat size so she's easy to hand milk. We also milk her with a hand held pump so she's used to both methods.
Callie would be best in a home with some milking experience (or lots of patience and a willingness to learn), as she doesn't have a kid with her to help keep up her milk supply during the learning period if you're new to milking goats.
Alternatively, she could be dried off before leaving.
Our milking does are all trained to the milk stand so they are ideal
for those who want to start milking right away instead of waiting up to
two years for doe kids to mature, breed and start producing milk.
Callie is chocolate brown with a small white poll, ice blue eyes and wattles (goat jewelry!). She is curious, a bit goofy, and loves a good scratch session. She is currently giving us about a pound of milk once a day. Callie's dam and grand-dam were two of our best milking goats, so she is likely to follow in their footsteps and increase her production nicely with future freshenings.
Callie is an outstanding mom, a trained milking goat, and is ready to go to her new home in milk and bred back to our registered buck for March kids.
Please email Susan to inquire about Callie, or if you are looking for a pair of milking does.
Jelly Bean is a 2.5 year old purebred Nigerian Dwarf buck. He is fully mature, yet still young with plenty of working years ahead of him. Mr. Bean has just finished his 3rd successful breeding season with us, having bred a number of does prior to their leaving our farm this Fall.
He was born on our farm and was retained for breeding due to his lineage (his dam was one of our best milking does) and also his temperament, which he tends to pass on to his kids.
Jelly Bean is respectful of his humans and does not ram or butt. He comes when called and tries his best to keep his stinkiness to himself.
He stands well for hoof trimming and even takes his needles when needed, without a lot of fuss. Jelly Bean is also fine with being touched and handled in general.
He ties and leads like a gentleman, and if there are no does in heat nearby to distract him, will even follow along when asked so that a leash is optional when moving him to different areas of the farm.
Truly a fabulous buck, we will be sad to see this fellow leave. However, he is related to 3 of the 4 does we are keeping, so it's time for him to move along and take his talents elsewhere.
If you are interested in giving Jelly Bean a new job on your farm, please email Susan to inquire.
For the 2018 season, doelings are priced at $400 each, pet wethers at $200. Bucklings are $300. Please note that buckling reservations will take priority over wethers, BUT we will only sell an intact buckling if he is going to a home where his services will be utilized (ie wethers are pets, bucks are for breeding), and if he appears to be of good breeding quality. Most bucklings will be wethered and sold to pet homes. Any doe kids not suitable for breeding/milking for any reason will also be sold at pet pricing.
Adult goats are individually priced based on a number of factors such as age, milk production, etc.
A non-refundable deposit of $100 per goat will hold your goat(s) until they are ready to go home with you. For kids, this may be as late as 12 weeks but is never before 8 weeks of age unless bottle feeding, which we only do in emergency situations or for medical reasons.
Due to the commitment and challenges involved, bottle kids
will only go to homes with experience in successfully raising
bottle-fed creatures. If no suitable home is available, these kids will
not be sold until they are old enough to be weaned.
assessed individually on their readiness to be
weaned and leave their dam and siblings. We know it can be soooo hard to
wait for your baby goat(s), but we hope buyers will understand the
of making decisions that are best for the long term health of the kids.
A fully functioning rumen, healthy appetite for solid foods, suitable
maturity level, as well as good independence and social skills are all
taken into consideration when making the decision on when a kid is ready
To help hold you over until your own kids are ready to go home with you, we thought you'd like to see a few photos and videos of some of the kids born on our farm over the past few years.
We finished our 2015 kidding season with a total of 11 healthy, happy, playful and much-loved kids born to 4 does between the end of March and the end of July. Here are a few more of our 2015 kids...
In 2016, despite a couple of challenging births, our 7 does raised a total of 13 beautiful babies. Here are just a few...
And in 2017 we welcomed 18 kids including two sets of quads and two sets of triplets! Check out these cutie patooties...
Photos of some our 2018 kids coming soon!
If you would like to arrange a viewing of any of our Nigerian Dwarf goats, or if you have any questions about any of our animals, please contact Susan to discuss.
Our farm is located
just south of Nanaimo on Vancouver Island, BC. and we can arrange for
delivery/shipping to destinations across Canada for an extra fee, if required. (Shipping fees are the actual transport fees charged by the airline/hauler, plus the cost of a suitable shipping crate, plus a $100 shipping admin fee to cover our time in filling out the required paperwork, preparing the animals for shipping, and delivering to the airport or hauler.)