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LADY WALKERS HALF MOON FARM

enjoying farm life in picturesque Hunterdon County, New Jersey

updated 4-14-2014




DISEASE TESTING RESULTS

We test every goat, every year.
Effective November 12, 2013, our entire herd has once again
tested negative for CL, CAE, Johnes and Brucellosis.

Entire herd CDT & Rabies vaccinated yearly


UPDATE:  January 24, 2014

Kastdemur's TL My Bad (Maya), Lynnhaven BDH Gimme a Smooch (Smoochie),      
SG Proctor Hill Farm BW Calliste (Callie) and Willow Meadow Evangeline (Lina) have
all tested negative for CL, CAE, Johnes and Brucellosis!

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Dreahook DB Calypso 
1x Grand Champion , October 2013, Jersey Rutfest




        Honey Meadows MY Phlashpoint
1x Junior Champion, July 2013, ENYGC  1st Annual Doe Show in Fonda, NY

  
                                     

Helderberg TB Gandalf
2 x Junior Champion,  July 2013, Summer Sizzler, NJ
3x Reserve Junior Champion, October 2013, Jersey Rutfest


Lady Walkers Half Moon Farm is a breeder of Nigerian Dwarf and Lamancha goats in central New Jersey. We have been in business since 2010.  All of our goats are dual registered with the American Dairy Goat Association and the American Goat Society.

Our first priority at Lady Walkers is to raise healthy and happy goats!  We maintain
a relatively small herd so that we are able to interact with every one of them on a daily basis. We are as happy to see our goats as they are to see us!

Since we began in 2010, every goat on our farm has been tested annually and is negative for Brucellosis, CAE, CL, and Johnes.  Our 2013 testing occurred on October 31, 2013; as of November 12, 2013 our entire herd has tested negative for CL, CAE Brucellosis and Johnes.

We are members of the American Dairy Goat Association, the American Goat Society, the Nigerian
Dwarf Goat Association, the American Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Association, the American LaMancha Club, and The Livestock Conservancy.

                                                   email:  ladywalkersfarm@gmail.com


A little about Nigerian Dwarf Goats

The Nigerian Dwarf goat shares the desirable characteristics of dairy conformation evidenced in the standard-sized breeds, though they are proportionately smaller in scale.  Nigerians are angular and refined, with flatter, flintier bone and much less muscling.  Its legs are refined and longer in relation to body size.  They evidence more "stretch" from a longer, leaner neck to a longer more level rump.  Because of its inherently functional type it is a reproductively sound breed.  All colors and color patterns occur.

The Nigerian Dwarf has the ability to fill a unique niche in the dairy goat world. It is ideal for those who have limited space, who do not need large quantities of milk or lack acceptable outlets for the surplus, or who require animals easily managed by one person.

The Nigerian Dwarf is a fully-functional, productive dairy goat that just happens to be small. 


(taken from Caprine Supply's Goatkeeping 101, Second Edition)  
http://www.caprinesupply.com


























ABOUT NIGERIAN DWARF GOATS


The following information is taken from The American Livestock Breeds Conservancy website at 
http://www.albc-usa.org/cpl/nigerian.html

Breed Status:  April 2013 graduated from "Recovering" status!  


Two miniature goat breeds are found in the United States, the Nigerian Dwarf and the Pygmy.  These breeds share a common genetic origin in the variable population of small African goats imported to the United States between the 1930's and 1950's.  Used originally as exhibition animals in zoos, the goats later became popular as companion animals.  The Pygmy goat breed was recognized by the American Goat Society in 1976.  During the last two decades, it has been standardized through selection for small size and stocky conformation.  The breed includes a limited color range, primarily agouti, though other solid colors along with the belted color pattern are also accepted.  The Nigerian Dwarf breed originated from the same genetic foundation as the Pygmy, but these goats have been selected to resemble miniature dairy goats with more slender bodies.  All colors and patterns, including bi- and tri-color combinations. are accepted.  Horns may or may not be present.  Nigerian Dwarf goats vary in size, with bucks' height up to 23 1/2" at the withers and does' height up to 22 1/4".  The ideal size of the breed, however, remains a point of debate within the breeder community and there are now several breed organizations reflecting differing philosophies.  The Nigerian Dwarf was originally selected as a companion and show animal, with emphasis on the breed's graceful appearance and gentle disposition.  The production qualities of the breed, however, have also attracted attention.  Nigerian Dwarf does produce one to two quarts of milk a day.  The milk is high in butterfat and makes excellent cheese and butter.  Does generally breed year-round and produce twins.  They can be milked for up to ten months, but can also be allowed to dry up on their own if milking is no longer desired.  These production qualities make Nigerian Dwarf goats good candidates for small scale milk production where a year-round supply of a moderate amount of milk is the goal.  The versatility of the Nigerian Dwarf, as well as its hardiness and gentle disposition, have given it great appeal, and the breed's population has increased significantly in recent years, registering nearly 7000 purebred animals in 2002.  The breeder community faces a challenge, however, in determining the parameters of the breed.  Selection for production qualities may tend to increase the size of the goats, while selection as a companion animal may emphasize small size.  Breed conservation will be best served by building consensus around a vision for the breed that includes its unique combination of characteristics.










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