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Nigerian Dwarf Goats- Milking

Welcome to the world of the Nigerian Dwarf Goat.

Does (Females) Pictures are of Purebred American/Nigerian Dwarf Goats.

Dwarf doe Dwarf doe Dwarf doe Dwarf doe
Photo Credit Kyeema Ridge Stud
Kyeema Ridge Araluen
Photo Credit Kyeema Ridge Stud
Kyeema Ridge Terra
Photo Credit Kyeema Ridge Stud
SG (superior Genetics) CH Old Mountain Farm Swift-Leigh
Photo Credit Kyeema Ridge Stud
Kyeema Ridge Mystify
Dwarf doe udder Dwarf doe udder
Photo Credit Kyeema Ridge Stud
Kyeema Ridge Terra's udder second freshening (3yo). 

Photo Credit Kyeema Ridge Stud
Kyeema Ridge Terra's udder second freshening (3yo). 

Bucks (males) Purebred Nigerian Dwarf Goats - First Fleet Apollo (middle buck) owned by Stoney Creek Farm in Queensland is the MGBA's first registered 100% purebred Nigerian Dwarf Goat produced from embryo transfer.

Dwarf buck Dwarf buck Dwarf buck

Photo Credit Kyeema Ridge Stud
Kyeema Ridge Random Play
Photo Credit/owner Stoney Creek Farm- QLD
First Fleet Apollo
Photo Credit Kyeema Ridge Stud
Kyeema Ridge Banyo Patterson

Please note that the above are of full blood American Nigerian Dwarf Goats.

The Nigerian Dwarf Goat is recognised as;

 NDG/ANDG are recognised as an Australian Nigerian Dwarf Goat or Nigerian Dwarf Goat from birth.

About The Breed

Temperaments: Gentle and loveable, easily trainable. They are gregarious, friendly with a calm and playful nature.

Uses: Milking breed. Dwarf goats are bred to have the length of body and structure, in proportion, of a dairy goat. Dwarf goats are characteristically a high milk producing miniature dairy breed at around 1.8 litres per day. Their milk has a higher butterfat content than milk from full-sized dairy goats, averaging 6.5% according to the American Dairy Goat Association. Later in lactation, butterfat can go up to 10% or even higher. This makes the Dwarf goat milk excellent for cheese and soap making. Easy to train, This, along with their small size and colorful appearance also makes them popular as pets.

Suitability: The Nigerian Dwarf Goat is very gentle and easy to train.

Life span: 10–15 years

Breeding: Paired from 12 to 18 months of age. Gestation is 145 to 153 days. Dwarf does can have several kids at a time, 3 and 4 being common and sometimes even 5. Easy birthers with very few birthing problems.

Price: Dwarf Goats are only new to Australia with only a few breeders obtaining access to genetics. Goats are individually priced by studs.

Females (Does) POA
Intact Males (Bucks) POA
De sexed males ( Wethers) POA

Recommendations: The MGBA recommends that buyers purchase at least 2 goats. Goats are a herd animal and require same species to live happy and healthy lives as well as being able to be trouble free pets. Please ask your breeder about milking requirements for your goat.

Registration Rules: Animals are graded at 3 years of age based on their percentage and height. Full a full run down on registration requirements for this breed please see the MGBA registry web site under the Dwarf Page.


Breed standard of the Australian Nigerian Dwarf Goat

Height: Animals must conform to heights as listed in the grading table below.

Behavior/Temperament:
Gregarious, friendly with a calm and playful nature. Easily trainable.

General Appearance: The Nigerian Dwarf goat is a genetically small goat and should exhibit balanced proportions to give it the appearance of a scaled down version of the larger breeds of dairy goats. Shorter height is the primary breed characteristic of the Dwarf.

Head & Ears: Head medium to long, straight or slightly dished. Ears erect and alert. Jaw broad, strong, well muscled, symmetrically aligned. Even bite and broad lips. . Bright eyes set well apart. Any eye colour is accepted. Neatly disbudded, dehorned and polled accepted. The neck is longer than that of the Pygmy smooth, tapering and blending well into the shoulder.

Colour: All colours accepted preferably with random markings distinct from the more uniform pygmy markings.

Coat: Soft short coat

Reproductive system:
Does:
Udder should be balanced and tightly attached, soft and pliable, blending smoothly as viewed from the side and the rear. Teats proportionally shaped and evenly sized.

Bucks: Must have two evenly placed rudimentary teats and a full, well attached, relatively even, appropriately sized scrotum and two evenly sized testicles. Sheath clean.

Disqualifying Faults:Overshot or undershot jaw visible, more than 1cm (10mm), Obviously crooked face, Hermaphrodism (both male & female), Monorchid/cryptorchid (retained testicle/s)

 

Grading of Nigerian and Australian Nigerian

 

NIGERIAN DWARF GRADING

RULES: ANIMALS WILL BE GRADED AT 3 YEARS. A Registered Nigerian Dwarf is eligible to have an application submitted to obtain a Grade at 3 years of age. During this registration process, the animal is allocated a Grade based on the animal's percentage and the animal's 3 Year Height. Animals must achieve their height at age 3 relevant to their grade, otherwise they will not be able to claim the grade, loosing it and grading down to the next grade their height fits into. Animals will however retain their % genetics attached to their name.
Any purebred Nigerian Dwarf animals that go over-height would receive a Nigerian Dwarf B grade rating as per the ADG rule.


PUREBRED


Nigerian Dwarf 100% (imported) - Adult does not exceeding 57.0cm, Adult bucks not exceeding 60.0cm at 3yrs
Animal must conform to the characteristics of the Australian Nigerian Dwarf Goat breed.

DNA REQUIRED -DNA verified against Fullblood parent’s DNA record(s).
ANIMAL MUST BE MICROCHIPED

 


AA GRADE


Nigerian Dwarf 99.2 – 99.9% - Adult does not exceeding 57.0cm, Adult bucks not exceeding 60.0cm at 3yrs.

Animal must conform to the characteristics of the Australian Nigerian Dwarf Goat breed.

DNA REQUIRED - DNA verified against Fullblood parent’s DNA record(s).
ANIMAL MUST BE MICROCHIPED

 


GRADE A


Nigerian Dwarf 98.5% - 99.1% - Adult does not exceeding 57.0cm, Adult bucks not exceeding 60.0cm at 3yrs
Animal must conform to the characteristics of the Australian Nigerian Dwarf Goat breed.

DNA REQUIRED - DNA verified against Fullblood parent’s DNA record(s).
ANIMAL MUST BE MICROCHIPED

 


GRADE B


.Nigerian Dwarf 96.9% - 98.4% - Adult does not exceeding 57.0cm, Adult bucks not exceeding 60.0cm at 3yrs

Animal must conform to the characteristics of the Australian Nigerian Dwarf Goat breed.

DNA REQUIRED -DNA verified against Fullblood parent’s DNA record(s).
ANIMAL MUST BE MICROCHIPED

 

AUSTRALIAN NIGERIAN DWARF GRADING

RULES: ANIMALS WILL BE GRADED AT 3 YEARS. A Registered Australian Nigerian Dwarf is eligible to have an application submitted to obtain a Grade at 3 years of age. During this registration process, the animal is allocated a Grade based on the animal's percentage and the animal's 3 Year Height. Animals must achieve their height at age 3 relevant to their grade, otherwise they will not be able to claim the grade, loosing it and grading down to the next grade their height fits into. Animals will however retain their % genetics attached to their name.
Any dairy cross exceeding 66cm, or mini cross exceeding 59.7cm/62.2cm would be marked as OH.


HERD BOOK PUREBRED


93.75% - 96.8% Adult does not exceeding 57.0cm, Adult bucks not exceeding 60.0cm at 3 yrs
Animal must conform to the characteristics of the Australian Nigerian Dwarf Goat breed. .

DNA REQUIRED -DNA verified against Fullblood parent’s DNA record(s).
ANIMAL MUST BE MICROCHIPED

 


PUREBRED


87.5% - 93.74% - Adult does not exceeding 57.0cm, Adult bucks not exceeding 60.0cm at 3yrs.

Animal must conform to the characteristics of the Australian Nigerian Dwarf Goat breed.

DNA REQUIRED - DNA verified against Fullblood parent’s DNA record(s).
ANIMAL MUST BE MICROCHIPED

 


GRADE A


75% - 87.4% - Adult does should not exceed 58.5cm, Adult bucks should not exceed 61.0cm at 3yrs.
Animal must conform to the characteristics of the Australian Nigerian Dwarf Goat breed.

DNA REQUIRED - DNA verified against Fullblood parent’s DNA record(s).

 


GRADE B


B grade 50% -74.9% - Adult does should not exceed 59.7cm, Adult bucks should not exceed 62.2cm at 3yrs.

DNA REQUIRED -DNA verified against Fullblood parent’s DNA record(s).

 


GRADE C

25% - 49.9% - Adult does should not exceed 59.7cm, Adult bucks should not exceed 62.2cm at 3yrs.

DNA REQUIRED- DNA verified against Fullblood parent’s DNA record(s).

 


GRADE D

12.5% --24.9% - Adult does should not exceed 59.7cm, Adult bucks should not exceed 62.2cm at 3 yrs.

DNA REQUIRED -DNA verified against Fullblood parent’s DNA record(s).

 

Animals with 12.5% and under genetics will be entered into the Australian Miniature Goat registry.
 
DNA REQUIRED -DNA verified against Fullblood parent’s DNA record(s).

 


DAIRY FOUNDATION
- Adult does and bucks with dairy/nuwby lines/breeding.

Adult does should not exceed 66cm, Adult bucks should not exceed 66cm at 3 yrs.

DNA REQUIRED -DNA verified against Fullblood parent’s DNA record(s).
REGISTRY CHECK FOR DAIRY/NUWBY LINES IN PEDIGREE.

 

 




Showing

- For exhibiting purposes, animals must conform to the breed type to be shown in that breed type.

- Animals cannot be shown in more than one breed type.

- MGBA will allocate classes to cater for all breed types and breeds will be shown independently of each other with champions of all age groups and breed types coming together at the end of the show to challenge for the prestigious award of Best Exhibit in show.

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