General Information Herd health is an important factor here at Wood Bridge Farm.
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We follow a routine of herd testing(see below), vaccinations,worming, and hoof trimming.
Our goats are fed alfalfa/orchard grass hay, an 16% dairy mixture,
which includes ammonium chloride to prevent urinary calculi,
free choice minerals, and lots of clean fresh water.
A healthy goat is a happy and productive goat.
We annually draw blood from any goat over 6 months of age. We test for CAE, CL, and Johnes. Although
we do not annually test for TB and Brucellosis, we do have every animal that leaves the state tested
and all have been negative. Any animal we purchase will be tested for before
coming to the farm and we do not offer breeding services to protect our herd.
Since we know that a negative CAE test means that the doe is not shedding the virus at that time,
we feel it is important to continue to repeat the test every year as a safty measure. We also do not
allow the does to clean their kids, we heat treat the colostrum, and pasteurize the milk. We feel
a strict CAE prevention program is very important part of herd health. We also feel it is important
to test for CL. Some herds do not test for CL because they haven't had any abcesses, but abcesses
can be internal also, so how would they know for sure without the blood test?
The Nigerian Dwarf
The Nigerian Dwarf goat was originally imported from West Africa in the mid '70's.
They are a miniature dairy goat, producing a quart of milk two times a day.
Nigerian Dwarf milk is well known for it's delicious taste.
Nigerians have the refined structure of the large breed dairy goats,
but only 1/3 the size.
The maximum height for does is 22 1/2 in. and 23 1/2 in. for the bucks.
A 20 in. goat is much easier for a child to handle, making the Nigerian Dwarf
an ideal candidate for a 4-H project.They are very friendly and personable and in
our opinion the perfect pet. Most of ours want to be on our laps like dogs,
this is great except when you have a 4 year old buck that is in rut!!
Nigerian Dwarfs also require less space than the larger breed goats
and can be kept in yards and sheds, or even large dog houses.
They come in a wide variety of colors and patterns, and don't forget some
of them have those beautiful blue eyes.
Nigerian Dwarf goats breed year round and their kids are just too cute!
Nigerian Dwarf does can have several kids at a time, 3 or 4 kids being common
and sometimes even having 5 or 6.The average weight for a Nigerian dwarf kid
at birth is 2lb., but they grow really quickly.
You must separate your buck and doe kids by 8 weeks of age,
they have been known to be fertile by this age.
Herd health is an important factor here at Wood Bridge Farm.
The Nigerian Dwarf was originally imported from West Africa in the mid '70's.