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We have a small but entertaining herd of goats here at Lucky Star Farm! We started our herd with three Nigerian Dwarf kids in the summer of 2014. Because of their smaller size, they require less food and space than standard breeds so they are a popular choice for smaller homesteads. Nigerians produce sweet milk high in butterfat. We love them because their colorings are so unique and they have great personalities.
Today our herd currently consists of eight milking does, some kids, a wether, and two bucks. Goats are bred in the fall and kid (give birth) about 150 days later. Nigerian dwarfs typically have multiple births - anywhere from one to five kids at a time. At about two weeks, we begin milking once a day. The kids are separated from their mamas overnight and after milking time they return to the rest of the herd. We have many uses for the milk - yogurt, ice cream, soap, cheese, and of course drinking!
The goats are raised with their mamas for about eight weeks. At that point they can be weaned and move to a new farm. Most of our goats go to 4-H families to show at their county fair, to people who want to start or add to their existing herd, or as pets to play with or browse on weeds.