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Why are you raising goats?

Why Nigerian Dwarfs

People often ask me how I got started raising goats.  So for those of you who are interested, here it is.

In 2006, my husband became very ill and we couldn't figure our what was wrong with him.  We went to doctor after doctor and we couldn't get an answer.  One thing that we noticed was that whenever he drank store bought cow's milk, he would have severe stomach cramps and he would usually end up passed out on the floor.  We started researching cow's milk and milk alternatives, and we found that goat's milk is much easier for people to digest, so we tried it.  Now it was not a cure-all by any means, but he no longer had the severe stomach cramps after drinking or eating foods made with goat's milk.  So, in 2009, we bought some Nubians.  The problem was, we had no idea what we were doing and the people we bought them from knew less than we did, if that's possible.  We got them home and the buck had an awful case of foot rot, three of the doe's had kids and we didn't even know they were pregnant.  They were so wild that we would have to catch them with a lasso or grab them as they passed us by.  Now for those of you who don't know, Nubians can weigh around 140 pounds and some weigh in around 175.  We kept them for about four years, and while they did get a bit easier to handle, they were never calm.  They were jumpy and flighty, and our youngest son, who loved tp handle them, went bouncing across the field on more than one occasion because he refused to let go of the lead rope. When we sold the Nubians we started searching for the right goat for us.  That's when we found the Nigerians.  They produce quality milk and they are extremely playful and inquisitive.  They love attention.  They love to play with each other  and with us, and most importantly, they are easy enough that even our children can handle them.  We have learned a lot since we first started and we are still learning every day.  God has blessed us with some great mentors and friends who are always willing to give helpful advice.  We appreciate them so much.  Oh, by the way, my husband is doing well now.  He still has to be cautious about what he eats, and he ended up having his gall bladder removed. However, on a day to day basis, he is doing great!  So... that is our goat story.