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.
Chia is a single doe kid born on July 10th. She is black and white with striking blue eyes and wattles like her mom.
This big strong girl was on her feet and bouncing around almost immediately, but is also a pro cuddler. As you can see, she is our resident expert in Goat Yoga as well...this is a young lady of many talents!
Chia's mom Olivia is out of one of our top milking does (Marigold) and the sire is Vincent van Goat (Vinnie), a registered buck out of US lines, giving her excellent potential as a future milk goat.
This sibling pair of wether kids born April 3rd is now available to go
to their forever pet home. Both are tan coloured, one has blue eyes and
wattles while the other has gold eyes, with white poll and tail tip.
Daniel and Henrik are named for the Sedin twins, who announced their NHL retirement the day after they were born.
These boys are curious and friendly. Daniel would love to be a lap goat, while Henrik is easily hypnotized with back scratches.
Their mom is a natural therapy goat who loves all humans without reserve, so it's no wonder these two are so sweet.
As well as human company, both of these boys also enjoy being around other
livestock such as sheep and cattle. Because of this, they would likely make a wonderful pair
of companion animals for a lonely creature.
Daniel and Henrik would prefer to go to a
new home together as they are brothers.
Price: $200 each
Shadow is the last of this year's kids, born on July 16th. He was born to Callie, a chocolate brown yearling doe who is being an outstanding mom to her little bundle of energy.
Shadow is very playful and friendly and he just loves a good armpit scratch.
He gets his name from the slightly lighter brown "shadow" above his right rear leg, which you can catch a glimpse of when the light is just right.
Shadow is a great-grandson to Marigold, our very first goat who has
proven herself many times over to be an excellent milking doe in many respects.
Shadow has been disbudded and will be ready to go to his new home approximately mid-September.
Chevy was born May 17 and is ready to go to his new home anytime.
His name comes from the chevron on his bum!
Chevy is a very cuddly wether who absolutely loves to be picked up so he can snuggle into your neck.
He also adores having his neck scratched and will gaze at you with his baby blues in gratitude!
This sweet boy could go in combination with any of the other goats we have for sale, or on his own if you currently have other goats.
This pair of sibling doe kids are ever so sweet and cuddly. These girls were born July 4th and are out of a lovely, gentle doe who turned out to be our best milker as a first freshener last year. The sire is a registered buck out of U.S. lines. As such, they both have outstanding potential as future milk goats.
Price: $400 each ~ Sale Pending
If you'd like to learn more about any of the kids above, please contact us to inquire and we will be happy to send you more info and/or to arrange a visit.
As we continue to improve our herd through selective breeding, we
usually have a few young does each year coming into their first milking season. This means that at some point we must reluctantly say goodbye to some of our more experienced does as we continue to work with future generations to improve upon the dairy qualities in our herd.
We currently have a few adult does in milk that we may be selling in the Fall of 2018. These does are trained to the milk stand, so they will be ideal for those who want to start milking right away or in the near future, instead of waiting up to two years for doe kids to mature and start producing milk. However, these does are best for those with some experience (or lots of patience and the ability to laugh over spilled milk), as they won't have kids with them to help keep up the doe's milk supply during the learning period if you're new to milking goats.
We'll post photos and info on each doe as we make final decisions on which ones we'll be selling, but in the meantime you can contact us if you are interested in a doe in milk.
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.)