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  Contact me for available Nigerian dwarf goats, Barbados black belly sheep (NOT american blackbelly), Romanov sheep, mustang horses and how you can get $1000 incentive to adopt. 

 I am still working on milk production AND better rump structure of Nigerian dwarf goats. I also have been working on producing hair sheep that have high milk production for hand or machine milking. I have Romanov and registered Barbados. The milk is very very delicious. 

 

Conformation and milk production is important to me. You'll see pictures here of goats standing naturally without backs being pinched to make the rump flat.  

 

I most times have goats for sale of various ages. I DO have the quality of Nigerians available for stiff competition; however I breed for production, but do NOT push for production nor am I the competitive type. I am more interested in a healthy farm life and healthy food. My life here on the farm is not like most places. Nothing requires me to keep a web site or keep it up to date at all times. It is just what I wanted to do. It is my way of life, of raising my own food and keeping the lawn mowed. You won't find penned up fowl, rabbits in little cages, goats pushed for production, photo shopped pictures to make anything look better or to hide flaws, or goats pinched down in the back to make them look flat.

BLM mustang experiences: I posted on youtube videos showing my life with the wild mustangs as well as various and sundry animal videos. Go to youtube and search MilkNKids Karen   https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpz8880qfctfitYDuDxSc6g  

   ADGA is no longer used here. They ripped me off and refused to give my money back. My goats could still be registered adga, but I don't recommend it. I do have ADGA, but mostly use AGS registry. 

 

   I have Power packed pedigreed, show quality, healthy, Nigerian dwarf goats. which typically means milking quantity as well. Milking ability via hand milking, quantity of milk, and their overall health is 'judged' by me as well as milk quality via DHIA.

 

   Polled, blue eyes, wattles are some of the traits in my herd as well as good conformation, great pedigrees and milking ability and quantity. Everyone has to pass the hand milking test.

No fancy web site. My goats are for my healthy food and my lawn to be mowed.This is a hobby of mine for my own pets, milk, meat, brush cleaning and lawn mowing. I don't mow my yard. And I butcher what may not sell. 

​    I have raised many kinds of animals for decades, including goats, and I find there is a LOT of misinformation anymore, including a few well known goat care sites. While I do not know everything, I do advise to use common sense when searching for your pet or show quality animal.

      Thank you. Karen

YouTube uploads of mine that are horses, goats, dogs and/or other farm stuff. 

MilkNkids Karen

Nigerian goats: I’d like to give a brief explanation of what I have first then how I got started decades ago.


I have a mixture of show quality and good home milking types. Show quality requires udders with good attachment and that nice medial uplift which could be called cleavage. And I mix this with the fact that my girls can be hand milked and are easy to milk, emptying out to a nice soft empty bag. This is a working farm; one for my own food. I want as natural of food as possible and healthy goats, so therefore I do not feed grain nor do I push for production. So in the end, I have the best of both worlds. A well bred good buck can improve your entire herd. So I pay close attention to the quality of my buck.

My history with goats:

   About 35 years ago (eeegads!) I had a miniature goat given to me. She had pink eye in both eyes and was blind. We had a 150 head Holstein dairy farm so upon one of our vet’s visits I asked about my goat. He gave her a shot in both eyes and told me to cover her eyes for a few days. She totally recovered. She was my pet and she would lie on our porch with the dog and cat. She was fine without having a goat buddy, so please know that if you want only one goat as a pet, do not be bullied into thinking you have to buy two. They do just fine.

   Then more than a decade ago I was given another miniature goat. She too was a single pet and of course she did just fine. I would keep her tied out to do the weed eating and months after I got her she seemed to suddenly lose a lot of weight. I brought her up toward the house to put weight back on her and I don’t remember how long after that she birthed four healthy babies in 15 minutes, each weighing in at 3#’s. I was amazed. She came from a pet home and was kept tied up in their yard. I knew nothing about special care; bo-se, copper, iodine, selenium paste or any of that stuff. I have no idea if she had a fish tail! But she fed ALL four of those babies with no help from me. The only help she got from us was holding those babies a lot. We had a Russian foreign exchange student at the time and it was great fun.

   Then I got a few more goats and started milking them. Easy keepers, no feed had to be purchased, no supplements. All did great. I then sold out and moved.

   In 2011 I bought out a herd of ADGA Nigerians. 29 goats. Had to sort and sell to get down to a manageable number. The herd came with a fantastic buck named Kehilan CA Final Stand. While he tends to throw pillow soft udders, he had the propensity to throw extra teats with some does. I had no idea nor did I think to check for extra teats in a registered herd. He had been sold and resold with papers to the next unsuspecting buyer. But it ended with me. I re-homed him without papers.

   I have since brought in some stock from a well known Nigerian breeder, Urban Acres. They go to Nationals and they do extremely well. The pedigrees are fantastic and the girls are super friendly. My buck was one of only three kept as bucks that year.
   I am not of a competitive nature and I do not claim to know anything about showing goats or any show animal for that matter or I would have been competing in horse shows and trail challenges and winning. I did however enter my first show in Grants Pass in May 2013 and my 3 week old baby did not place real well likely due to being too young and my inexperience, but my 9 month old ‘home grown boy’ (MilknKids Stay Upwind Shadow)  took a 1st and two 2nds and res jr for one ring according to the judge even though later someone said there was no such thing. I had no idea what I was doing, but it was fun enough.

   I pay attention to naturally tame, ease of milking with an udder that deflates well, the dairy goat look and stance, a level top line, polled, blue eyes, easy keepers who don’t require a lot of foo foo diets, wattles and of course the pedigree. I also watch for quiet blats (I won't hesitate to butcher obnoxious pests! And don't want to breed them to produce more.)

   A healthy diet is of utmost importance and they have an excellent quality loose mineral and free range browse and pasture. I pay attention to detail with records as well. ​  I don’t own a lawn mower nor do I buy fertilizer.

If you are searching for a Nigerian please contact me. I may have something for sale and simply have not posted it. If I don't have something for sale, I'll try to part with something! In other words, you will not find culling candidates here!

   

I will not force you to buy two goats. You will not find pictures of my goats being pinched down in their backs. You will not find udders pushed for production then made to wait for a good picture.

My goats came from negative tested farms. I don’t typically get visitors, nor do I typically show my goats which can easily spread disease. You are more than welcome to have a pre vet check and/or blood test done at your expense. And some day I will add my two cents on this subject, it is my choice at any rate. There are no guarantees after you take the goat off my property after purchase. Prices range from $50-$500. I am available for questions or help at reasonable hours. I am responsible. I return phone calls, and I am honest.

 

Thank-you, Karen at MilknKids

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