Nigerian Dwarf goats are favored for their small size, making them easy for even children to handle, combined with their milk production, which rivals that of larger goat breeds. Their high buttermilk fat content (6-10%) produces delicious creamy, rich milk, similar tasting to cows and ideal for cheese and soap making. Full of personality, safe for kids, and available in a variety of colors, they make ideal livestock or just plain fun pets. In 2022 as we build our herd, we looked for healthy, well-mannered Nigerian Dwarfs that come from excellent dairy lines.
An emerging breed first established in 1994, Nigoras combine the size and dairy strength of Nigerian Dwarfs and the fiber-producing capabilities of the Angora into a small, practical, dual-purposed goat. Generally classified as a dairy goat, the Nigora makes for an excellent cross given that Angora butterfat runs around 5.7%, close to the low-end amount for Nigerian Dwarfs. Additionally, Nigoras can still produce a generous amount of three types of fiber, including cashmere, and offer an alternative to fiber breeders than the inbreeding and line-breeding often seen in Angora pedigrees, bringing more biodiversity to the gene pool. With the exception of shearing, the care of Nigora is the same as the Nigerian Dwarf, making them a natural extension of our breeding program and a wonderful asset to any homestead.