Introducing the Northern Dawn Nigerians Herd of dairy goats.
Our herd resides in Northern Utah, nestled in the foothills of the Wasatch Front. The goats and our horses don’t have to worry about extremely harsh winters, but they do still get winter weather. For instance, this morning we I woke up to around 4 inches of snow. Its still snowing.
Our herd consists currently mainly of Nigerian Dwarf. Mini Nubian and one full-blood Nubian. We chose these breeds primarily because Peggy grew up with Jersey and Guernsey milk cows. I. Peggy, love the butterfat and creamy milk from those cows.
Ok, so why choose these three breeds for our herd? All three breeds give that nice creamy milk taste that we love.
Our herd began with two grade (unregistered) Nigerian Dwarf does and one Registered doe. They are pictured below.
- Northern Dawn Ethel, registered as a Recorded Grade Nigerian Dwarf with International Dairy Goat Registry was our first dairy goat.
This sweet little lady was one tremendous animal. She kids so easy that if you blink, you miss the birth. On her second freshening I thought I’d put on rubber gloves. Well, I laughed at myself as I threw the gloves on the ground without putting them on. Ethel’s first kid fell onto my feet before I could hardly blink. I could see there was no time for gloves! On her third kidding, she gave birth to five kids. Between second and third kids, they came so close together that I was drying off number two when number three arrived. I told her, “Ethel, my girl, now you just have to slow down to give me a chance to catch up!” She and I loved to joke about this.
The udder attachments on this gal were tremendous. Very high and tightly attached, with long very milkable teats. Just what we want in a dairy goat. As seen in the photo above, her udder is also very capacious. Once in a goat show Ethel was shown with a registered purebred doe. The judge commented, I wish we could put Ethel’s udder on the other doe.
- Shadow Hills Thumbolina is an International Dairy Goat Registry recorded Grade doe.
Thumbolina is one of the daughters of Ethel. She, like her dam kids super easy and is extremely easy to milk.
- Bluestone HD Lil’ Lucy is an American Goat Society registered purebred Nigerian Dwarf. She was our third addition to our herd. Lucy is one of the main matriarchs of our purebred part of our herd.
My Lucy has a very sweet, yet shy personality. Her udder is so very soft, and is highly attached. Lucy’s top butterfat is recorded at 14%, which is pretty high.
This little gal, small though she is, is the dam of some of our great does. Her son Northern Dawn Apache took Grand Champion in two American Goat Society shows. Pictured below.
Another of Lucy’s children is Northern Dawn Lil’ Columbine. She is an amazing doe. Her udder is very well attached in all ways, and has long easily milkable teats. Columbine is a doe who just milks and milks non-stop, with nice amount.
- Mac Donald’s Farm Cocoa AR*D was next to join our herd. She is an American Goat Society purebred Nigerian Dwarf.
Cocoa was our next gal to join our herd. She too is just amazing. On her second freshening, she gave 4.3 pounds milk. That is exactly half a gallon.
Her teats are some of the longest in the herd and super easy to milk. I love how her udder milks down to nothing, after being milked. That is something that is vital in a good dairy goat.
Cocoa is a little gal who will just keep milking as long as you want to milk her.
Cocoa’s daughter Fern is proving to be just as good of a dairy goat.
The Northern Dawn herd was begun