On Salt Creek Acres our goat of choice is the Nigerian Dwarf, a small dairy goat well known for its’ great milk production, anywhere from 1-6 lbs of milk/day. Most does average around 2 pounds, which is about a quart. In addition they have a very high butterfat content, averaging 6.5%, which makes their milk great for cheese and soap making.
Nigerian Dwarf goats are sturdy, resilient animals that can tolerate a variety of conditions. Being a dwarf variety, they are very manageable in size and weight. Our bucks weigh 80-100 lbs, while the does are around 50-60 lbs. This makes them easy to handle for women and children too. They are very smart, social animals and need to be in a herd as they do not do well when alone.
They are beautiful animals with wide-ranging color patterns. I think this is why you find many herd sizes steadily grow over time. Each goats personality and appearance are so unique they truly are individuals and it is so easy to become attached to them.
Bring all of these characteristics together and you have a breed that is very efficient, relatively low maintenance, and provides a very good value. When you compare feeding and boarding requirements in relation to milk output, it is no wonder the Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goat is becoming a very popular choice.
We love our goats. They are part of our family here on Salt Creek Acres. We are blessed with this opportunity to care for these creatures and have aptly named our herd “His Flock”, as a reminder that everything belongs to God, our creator.
We participate in Linear Appraisal and DHIR milk testing. Our goal is to breed solid milking goats with a good temperament. Through these two programs we can make better decisions that will improve the overall herd.