Nigerian Dwarf Goats
The Nigerian Dwarf is a miniature dairy goat of West African origin. Nigerian Dwarf goats are enjoying a rise in popularity due to their small size, colorful markings and dairy characteristics. Their small stature means they do not require as much space or feed as their larger dairy goat counterparts, and their gentle and friendly personalities make them good companion pets. The milk is also higher in butterfat and has a sweeter taste. Nigerians are easy to handle, even for small children. Nigerian Dwarfs are considered rare by the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved the Nigerian Dwarf Goat as a livestock dairy goat, which makes them eligible for youth 4H and FFA projects.
A healthy Nigerian Dwarf doe can produce a surprising amount of sweet milk for her small size - up to two quarts per day or more. In addition, Nigerian Dwarf milk is higher in butterfat (6-10%) and higher in protein than milk from most dairy goat breeds. Many Nigerian Dwarf owners raise their goats for milk production, but others raise them for the pleasure and companionship these little goats bring to their lives.
Our herd, Heaven on Earth Minis, is NDGA (National Diary Goat Association) and NMGA (National Miniature Goat Association) registered. Our breeding stock comes from a very reputable breeder. We will proudy share the lineage of any of our goats. Each phase of our breeding is supervised by a veterinarian who specializes in livestock medicine. All goats are disbudded, dewormed, and vaccinated prior to going to their new home.
Miniature Pot Bellied Pigs
Potbellied pigs (PBPs) are clean, highly intelligent and loving creatures. In fact, pigs in general are the fourth smartest animal in the world. Pot-bellied pigs require extra patience and lots of love, but more than make up for it with their personality. Care of potbellied pigs is simple if you have the proper knowledge before you start. Some choose to keep their pig in the house as one might a dog, while others prefer to keep them in their fenced yard.
Housing requirements for the pig kept as a house pet are much the same as for the pet dog. A sleeping area with a blanket or some kind of cushion and a bowl of fresh water available at all times is all that is needed. When not directly supervised in the home, it is best to restrict the pig to an area of the house where it may do little harm. If left alone, their inquisitive nature may get them in trouble with their owners. Pigs given access to the outdoors should be provided with an area that is conducive to their needs. Housebroken pigs need a suitable bathroom area, typically grassed, on which to relieve themselves.
Young pigs may be picked up and held just like puppies. Older pigs will usually be too heavy to comfortably pick up and carry. A harness and leash are suitable for restraining and walking the pig. A dog collar will slip off the head of a reluctant pig, but a harness that goes around the neck and behind the front legs will properly restrain the pig. For trips in the car, to go to the veterinarian, or to go to pig shows, travel is best accomplished in a pet carrier similar to one used to transport dogs of similar size.
We have both parents on premises so that you can get a realistic idea as to the size that your pig will reach at adulthood.
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