Here at Camp Glory Farm we have dwarf dairy goats, the Nigerian Dwarf. Originally, the Nigerian Dwarfs were brought here from West Africa. They are playful and calmer than other types of goats, produce milk higher in butterfat than most goat’s milk (8-10%) which make it sweeter for cheese and other items, and usually grow to around 75 pounds. An advantage to having this size goat is that it is much easier to manage them.
(Our goats are currently not milked; however, as new kids are born, we do have the kids for sale. This year, we did not breed our goats, but may breed again in the fall of 2017.)
As with our sheep, we continue to focus is to raise natural, grass-fed Nigerian Dwarf Goats. The goats at Camp Glory Farm are on grass two-thirds of the year and are given hay in the winter months. For our pregnant Does, we give them a bit of feed the last month of pregnancy until the kids are three months old. In order to produce quality animals, we use the rotational grazing coupled with FAMACHA. This has really produced strong, healthy kids and Does that have very little parasites. We will use a wormer on an “as-needed” basis; however, after a vet checked fecal exam, we have had many who had not needed any type of wormer. We do not use any supplemental or growth hormones; we allow them to gain naturally. Yearly, our goats are given CD/T to help in protecting against fatal diseases. We work along-side our local veterinarian’s office to continue to raise healthy animals.