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 early 2018 we purchased our own full blood Nigerian Dwarf Buck, First Fleet Hobbes ND100. In 2019 we welcomed Zodiac Sundance ND100 (out of FF Baudin) and Zodiac Harvey Spector ND100 (out of FF Naturaliste) - siring of many of our 2020 born kids . Our main herdsires for 2021 were First Fleet Flinders (FF Miranda x Lost Valley Cairo), and First Fleet Naturaliste ET (Castle Rock Harvest Moon x Chinook Winds Gold Dubloons). 2022 sees some new bloodlines introduced via First Fleet New Moon ND100 (Castle Rock Mad About the Moon), and First Fleet Grayson ND100 (FF Gray Area via Castle Rock Guy Noir over FF Kamala).
Our focus from 2022 will be having a much smaller herd of higher ND genetics - essenitally purebred/90%+ Dwarf does 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.