NIGERIAN DWARF @ ZODIAC MINI GOATS
In early 2016 we embarked on a breeding program using selected Australian Miniature does for a first cross. All initial and subsequent cross doe kids are retained and bred back to 100% Nigerian to increase the ND genetics in each generation. This process has delivered us a base of quality foundation animals resulting from a wide genetic pool.
In terms of imported bucks, we used Castle Rock Guy Noir and Lost Valley Cairo extensively in the first few years, along with Beaujest Julian Gitche. We also had a 75% dairy cross buck - Topaz Basil (out of Pecan Knoll Bob the Builder) that gave us some lovely foundation does with good dairy characteristics.
In April 2018 we welcomed 100% Nigerian Dwarf Buck, First Fleet Hobbes to our breeding program, and in February 2019, First Fleet Emerson joined our stud. Both boys, along with other bucks via semen straws, are being used over our graded does to give us our next generation of 75% and 87.5% in 2019, and 87.5% and 93.75% in 2020.
In May 2019, two USA purebred does joined our herd - First Fleet Emily & First Fleet Phillippa. These are the foundation does for our purebred breeding program.
Our focus from 2019 will be having a smaller herd of higher ND genetics - essenitally purebred Dwarf does (87.5%+) for milk, along with gorgeous friendly wethers for pet homes.
If you are wondering how big the dwarf goat is, check out the photo below of a full size dairy goat vs a Nigerian Dwarf goat.