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Nigerian Dwarfs


Here at Kaapio Acres we take pride in our breeding program. We not only breed for excellence in milk production and conformation, but also for longevity. We have been working with the Nigerians since 1994. We have the pleasure of boasting about our foundation animals coming from such herds as Rosasharn, Goodwood, Gay-Mor, Piddlin Acres, Twin Creeks and Brush Creek. We show our Nigerians at the Michigan shows, and have expanded our show season to some out of state shows including this years AGS National Show in Delaware, Ohio.
We were the first to introduce the Nigerian Dwarf goats to our county fair. Our first year at fair proved to be very interesting as the fair board made the decision that our Nigerians would have to show in the Alpine classes as they resembled the Alpines the most. Much to their surprise, and might I add, our surprise, our Jr. doe took first in her class, and went on to take Champion Jr. Doe, against some pretty tough competition. Needless to say we were very proud to be Nigerian Dwarf breeders. Our fair has since included classes for Nigerians in the fair agenda.
The years we have been working with this breed have been very rewarding for us. We have been honored with many Grand Champion and Reserve Champion along with some Best Udder wins at the shows, with our most recent accomplishment being given the title of "Michigan's All Time Breed Leader" for Nigerians on official milk test. We have only been on DHI or "Official Milk Test" since the spring of 2000. There were nine Nigerian does in Michigan making the honors list for milk production, we had three of our does placed, 1st, 3rd and 5th in the top five in the Michigan honorable mention standings. Our 1st place doe won all three categories placing at the top in not only milk production, but also butterfat and Protein. What a thrill it was for us to achieve this in such a short period in time. And the story does not end here, when we received our copy of the American Goat Society's "Top Ten" Milk Production Awards we were blown away to find that we had placed 7th for the Butterfat awards and 9th for the Protein awards. We also had the lowest somatic cell count making us the All Time Breed Leader for this award. It is the second doe we have had placed in this award. Wow! What a great year it has been for us.
We test yearly for CAE (Caprine Arthritis Encephalitis), TB (Tuberculosis) and Johnnes with Negative results to date. We have not had any animals with CL (Caseous Lymphadenitis).
We also have annual visits by Harvey Considine for our HES (Herd Evaluation Service). And we are on Official Milk Test,(DHIA) with our Nigerian does.
We are members in the American Goat Society (AGS), the American Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Association (ANDDA), the American Dairy Goat Association (ADGA) and the Michigan Dairy Goat Society, (MDGS).


So relax and feel free to browse around our Nigerian pages. If you have any questions or comments, we would love to hear from you.

Most Sincerely,
Ward and Deena


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