About Nigerian Dairy Goats
The Nigerian Dairy goat is a miniature dairy goat that is originally from West Africa. They are small in size, have unique colorful markings and great dairy characteristics. Nigerians small stature means that they do not have a large impact on the land when compared to their larger dairy goat counterparts. The milk is also higher in butterfat and has a sweeter taste which is excellent for cheese making. Nigerian goats are easy to handle; even for small children. Nigerian goats are considered rare by the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has also approved the Nigerian Dwarf Goat as a livestock dairy goat, which makes them eligible for youth 4H and FFA projects.
The Nigerian is a Miniature Dairy Goat
A healthy Nigerian Dairy doe can produce a surprising amount of sweet milk for her small size – up to two quarts per day or more. In addition, Nigerian goat milk is higher in butterfat (6-10%) and higher in protein than milk from most dairy goat breeds (www.ndga.org).