Breeding For An Elegant Dairy Doe That Dances Like a Ballerina and Milks Like a Cow
WE LOVE NIGERIAN DWARF DAIRY GOATS! True miniatures of the dairy breeds, Nigerian Dwarf goats pack a lot into a small package. Sweet and intelligent, they make ideal pets. Productive milkers, they provide lots of rich milk for drinking and cooking. Colorfully and unpredictably marked, they are a pretty addition to any farmscape.
IN THE BEGINNING...1998
AND NOW ONWARD TO 2019
Our first goats were purchased in 1998 as family pets. As all things go, the children and the goats grew up and our family began to dream big dreams. We purchased acreage and became modern pioneers, opening up the land and constructing our homestead in a five-year process that culminated in an exciting move to Dawn Land Farm in 2004. We also realized how integral the Nigerians were to our natural lifestyle. We began to compost their waste for garden enrichment and use their appetites to help with brush disposal. Most importantly, we started to breed our goats and appreciate their gift of pure, sweet milk.
TOWARD THE FUTURE
We are breeding for a high-milking, elegant, show quality Nigerian Dwarf goat with a calm dairy temperament
2019 ADGA LA is Planned for All of our Freshened Does--Go Girls!
Dawnland HHR Lupine Lady--Photo Courtesy of Mary Tyler Jordan
OUR GOATS INSPIRE US EVERY DAY
We are proud of the quality shown by our select herd and unique pedigrees
We are committed to maintaining a small herd with hands-on attention for each goat
Joanne Karohl of Dragonfly Farm showed Halifax to his champion status.
(R)Dawnland RR Little Bee, A TX Twincreeks Butterfly Dance Daughter
Pictured as a First Freshener
Photo Courtesy of Cindy Bachand
Photo Courtesy of Kyeema Ridge Nigerians
(L) Dawnland TCP Butterfly Song
2015 LA-90 EVEV
(R) Dawnland Tabby's Sundari
2015 LA-90 EEEV
Photo Courtesy of Kyeema Ridge Nigerians
Photo Courtesy of Mary Tyler Jordan
(L) Dawnland RR Whirligig
(R) Dawnland Tabby's Bengaline
Photo Courtesy of Karen Bowman Luebkeman
(L) Dawnland Tabby's Whirlabout
(R) Dawnland PPS Sun Singer
Dawnland Bucks Sired the Three Does to the Right--THUMBNAIL--CLICK TO ENLARGE
A big thanks to Helen Ford of Further Farm, way up there in Ontario, Canada for this pic... The three does to the right--2018 First Place Canadian National Dairy Herd and Reserve Canadian National Champion/Best Udder for Kentucky Rye--again for three years running!--are sired by two Dawn Land bucks that I exported: a Water Tabby/Butterfly Dance son, sib to Whirlabout; and a Dawnland Tabby's Seneca (dam: Lost Valley TB Checotah) son. Seneca, now retired, is litter twin to the deceased Dawnland Tabby's Mohawk.
Dawnland Mohawk's Rosmarine, a Dawnland Curry's Vocalise daughter
Third Fresh Udder 2019
Photos Courtesy of Sharon Churchill
Our Forever Loved Reference Goats--CLICK on the IMAGE
Many years ago, at the very beginning of our goat endeavor, we lucked out with the purchase of our first herdsire, ROSASHARN TOM'S WATER TABBY+*S++B, one of the last two sons born from the pairing of AGS National Champions (no ADGA for Nigerians at that time!), ARMCH Goodwood Tom Thumb+*S and ARMCH Goodwood Water Lilly 2*D "VG". Tabby went on to sire many beautiful does and handsome bucks who continue, in turn, to produce quality offspring with his signature style: long-bodied, sharp, and refined. See him HERE.
The old-time (and now quite rare) Texas genetics of our departed doe, TX Twincreeks Butterfly Dance, a Twink's Pixie granddaughter,(MCH/CH Pecan Hollow Willy's Dance Fever*S 2007 LA-91 EEE x MCH/GCH Twin Creeks WB Madam Butterfly 2*D 1*M "VG" 2009-LA 90 VEEE--Permanent Score) have also played a pivotal role in the evolution of the Dawnland herd. See her HERE.
Animals Representing the Foundation Lines of the Nigerian Dwarf Breed, including the genetics of Lost Valley Nigerian Dairy Goats in TX, Rosasharn Farm in MA, and TX Twincreeks Farm underline the pedigrees of our goats. The signature body and udder styles of their animals are seen and appreciated in the present-day Dawnland herd.
What We Want to See With Our Milkers! Morning milk from a two-week first fresh Water Tabby+*S++B granddaughter.
NOTES ON MILKING: We take milking seriously here at Dawn Land Farm. Although we are not currently enrolled with a DHI program, ALL of our freshened does are milked daily, with the milk being utilized for kid rearing and household consumption. The "milkability" of our does is therefore very important to us. Does retained for our herd have proven themselves to be the kind of milkers that make it worthwhile to milk! We value girls that are even-tempered and willing milkers with the udder structure that makes for milk capacity as well as easy expression of that milk. And finally, we have designed our breeding program with the high hopes that daughters will surpass their dams in all of the milkability qualities that we value so highly.
Back in the Day...Morning Milking--Our Rosasharn Bella's Linda Lou Was a Very Cooperative (As Well as Productive!) Doe. Linda Lou was our first Rosasharn purchase, and she really stood out, in comparison to many of the coarser Nigerians of her day, as exceptionally elegant and dairy.
(L) Dawnland PPS Sun Singer on the milkstand in the indoor heated and plumbed area dedicated to hygienic milking.
(R) Sun Singer's morning milk output: July 2018--1/2 gallon, give or take
No Other Ruminants on Site Ever
We Maintain Strict Biosecurity: No Leasing/Exchanges/Breeding Services Offered
All Babies Raised on Pasteurized Milk in Separate Kid Areas
Never: Wasting, Abscesses, Sore Mouth, Foot Rot
Never a Positive Blood Result for CAE, CL, Johnes With Any of Our Stock Ever
Repeat Blood Testing for CAE , CL, Johnes To be Done in June 2019
Dawn Land Farm takes great effort to maintain a healthy herd of Nigerians. We have never had a case of foot rot, sore mouth, nor of Caseous Lymphadenitis (contagious abscesses). Our goats are not exposed to other ruminants. We have purchased our animals from conscientious breeders who monitor their herds carefully for disease and likewise maintain high standards for herd health. All adult goats entering our herd are quarantined and blood tested, unless written results of recent negative bloodwork are available. In keeping with our efforts to maintain a secure and healthy herd, we do not offer breeding/leasing services and have elected to show minimally, if at all.
GOATS TEACH US VALUABLE LESSONS ABOUT LIFE
IN MEMORY OF SNICKET-February 2005 to December 2005-His Simple Ways Touched Our Hearts Forever
Snicket was a miracle baby, a tiny afterthought arriving after the birth of vigorous siblings. It was only the love and devotion of his breeder that saved him and nursed him through his early babyhood. When Snicket arrived here, it soon became apparent that he had substantial delays in his development. However, it didn't take long to fall in love with Snicket's unique mannerisms. He had a funny stiff-legged gait that he used, at full speed, to greet any visitor (especially the ones that he thought would feed him!) Snicket also learned to run under the bellies of his penmates, a feat made easier by his miniscule size, in order to avoid any unpleasantness from his peers. Snicket had unusual eating and drinking manners too. Every sip of his water was first preceded by a foot dunk in the bucket!
Snicket's "life lessons" came later, towards the end of his short stay here. One afternoon, the major goatkeeper and her teenage son were casually discussing the relative intelligence of the goats in the Dawn Land herd. The major goatkeeper suggested that Snicket had earned a place near the bottom of the bell curve. In the indignant manner that only teens can display, the goatkeeper's son protested: "But Mom, Snicket's not stupid! He's a lot smarter than most of our goats! He's smarter because he uses all of his brain to do what he does, and that's what being smart means!"
SNICKET WAS A ONE OF A KIND GOAT... His unique mannerisms included an unusual drinking style: each sip preceded by a foot dunk! In this picture, we had elevated the pail to keep his water clean.
GOATS TEACH US VALUABLE LESSONS ABOUT LIFE Like the Importance of Kindness...
Visitors Receive A Warm Welcome From Our Kids!
GOATS TEACH US VALUABLE LESSONS ABOUT LIFE Like Imagining Potential...
OUR GOATS REALLY DO DANCE! Under the Tutelage of Our Resident Goat Whisperer, A Freshly Clipped Witchy Dances For Joy
WE ARE A SMALL FAMILY FARM EMPHASIZING EDUCATION, COMMITMENT TO THE HUMANE AND INDIVIDUALIZED CARE OF OUR ANIMALS, AND RESPECT FOR THE NATURAL LANDSCAPE THAT SURROUNDS US...