They are friendly, small, and easy to care for and give enough high butterfat milk for today's average family, about 2 quarts a day. The doe kid easily, and often with twins or triplets. Because of their small size(no more than 24" at the shoulder-about the size of a Golden Retriever) their nutritional needs are less costly to take care of and their feed to milk ratio is excellent. ADGA records for 2006 indicate that Nigerian does produced an average of 1062 lbs of milk with 3.9% butterfat per 29 lbs. They are a good choice for children's projects because they are easier to handle than the larger breeds.
The Nigerian was imported to the United states in the early part of the 20th century for exhibit in zoos and petting zoos but their winning personality and milk production made them a popular addition to the small family farm. Unlike the larger breeds of goats Nigerians can be bred year round for a continuous supply of milk. It is advisable to have at least two does, breeding one for early spring freshening and the other for fall. In this was you have a continuous supply of milk. The kids can be used for meat, but the breed is really not a meat producer so there is little meat to be had. They do sell well, however, as more people become interested in an inexpensive source of organic, raw milk. Nigerians were on the endangered list but have become popular in the last 10 years and are on the recovering list. American Goat Society, and American Dairy Goat Association both recognize the Nigerian as a dairy breed. The Nigerian Dwarf Goat Association is a specialty registry that is involved with maintaining the pure qualities of the breed and sponsoring many shows on a national level
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