- Paperback: 144 pages
- Publisher: Windrunner Pets; 1 edition (27 Jun. 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1927870011
- ISBN-13: 978-1927870013
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 0.8 x 22.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,264,176 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Nigerian Dwarf Goats Care: Dairy Goat Information Guide to Raising Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goats as Pets. Goat care, breeding, diet, diseases, lifespan. and shelter, and goat management facts. Paperback – 27 Jun 2013
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Claims that one goat will drink its own body-weight in water daily. Not sure where these figures are coming from but I have 3 goats at 8 months who drink even on the hottest days about a gallon of water (in clean and fresh buckets daily)....if I follow this book I would have to supply my 3 goats a swimming pool daily! 6-8 gallons each or 24 gallons of water (200 pounds of water for 150 pounds of goat each day)
I find one bale of hay lasts me 7-14 days depending on browse available-not one bale per goat per month. The information should be adjusted for the animal having no browse available so new owners have enough hay for the winter!
Nanny goat is not a female goat and a Billy goat is not a male goat-both of these terms are fairy tale terms and terms used by people who do not understand goats-they are not interchangeable with Doe and Buck as the book implies. Anyone who goes to a responsible dairy breeder and asks to buy a nanny goat they will be turned away for not being informed!
No mention of Bio-security or any of the 3 major diseases that are incurable and highly contagious between goats. (Johannes, CL, CAE)
Most of the pictures are not even Nigerian Dwarfs! Claims do not breed does till 60-75% of full grown body-weight but never gives a full size goat's expected body-weight.....
At best this is a good book for a fun read. Please if you are thinking about getting into Nigerian Dwarf goats for milk or anything besides a companion animal please find something more informative and accurate, Stores makes a good guide (though granted no information on specifics for this breed)
Some of the information is incorrect by omission. That is, the author presents a list of attributes as if it were a complete list when in actually, the list is incomplete. Some of these lists were signs of heat in does, differences between Pygmies & Nigerian Dwarfs, Nigerian Dwarf colors and Nigerian Dwarf patterns. Some, alas way too much, of the information was just plain wrong.
This 133 page book contains several blank pages and many nearly blank pages. Much of the information is repeated. No eco award for this booklet which uses heavy padding to give the appearance of a book.
The photographs on the cover and title page both show a horned goat. Leaving horns on a Nigerian Dwarf is a disqualifying fault as they make use of a milking station difficult. While I wouldn’t object to an occasional photo of a horned goat in the body of the book, the cover and title page should show good examples of the breed. The photos inside the book are all of very low resolution; they have the graininess of newspaper photos. None of the photos have captions despite some that beg for one to explain what is happening in it. Many of the photographs showed goats other than Nigerians. Without labeling them as non-Nigerians, this again represents misinformation.
Unlike many books I’ve read where the grammar was so bad that I wondered if they were even seen by an editor, the grammar in this book was pretty good. But that is not enough to raise its grade above that of an F. The author admits to owning just two Nigerian Dwarfs and all the references given are websites. Novice owners who have searched the web a bit should not consider them experts enough to write a book. What’s especially sad about this book is the number of novices who will read it and accept the misinformation as fact.
I would not buy again and, in fact, I will be selling this because I have gotten much better information from "Goats: Small Scale Herding for Pleasure and Profit" and "Barnyard in Your Backyard".
Here is what the book says "The Nigerian Dwarf Goat: as you know this goat is also called the Nigerian Dwarf Goat because of its characteristic 10 second muscle freeze when shocked or surprised. These goats are very special for goat owners because of their characteristic fainting abilities, of course but also for their amazing personalities. To honor these goats, there is a special Nigerian Dwarf Goat Festival that is held in Tennessee each year. The festival has several cultural displays and food stalls and is as large as any typical festival!