Purebred Nigerian Dwarf Goat breeders located in beautiful, scenic Hunterdon County, New Jersey
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Lady Walkers Half Moon Farm is a breeder of Nigerian Dwarf goats in central, western NJ.
We have been breeding goats since 2010.
Our first priority at Lady Walkers is to raise healthy and happy goats!
We interact with our goats on a daily basis. We are as happy to see them as they are to see us!
For several years, we tested our entire herd for CL, CAE, Johnes and Brucellosis. After three years of all negatives, we made the decision stop testing every goat for the various diseases, but rather to test every milking doe for CAE each year. Of course, any new goats over one year old entering the herd are tested for CL, CAE, Johnes and Brucellosis, before purchasing (on the seller's end) and then again here, by our vet, upon arrival. Any new kids under one-year old entering the farm must come from herds who test regularly with all negative results. You will find the dates of the most recent disease tests under each goat's name.
The origin of our farm name
When we moved to our farm, we brought with us my husband's two Tennessee Walking Horses, Handshaker's Painted Money and Gen's Hard Money.
We wanted a farm name that represented the Tennessee Walking Horse, so we came up with
LADY (Lori and Don Yeske)
WALKERS (for his Tennessee Walking Horses)
The HALF MOON part of our farm name represents the colors of the horses (black and white).
We shortened our farm name when choosing our herd name:
Our goats are registered with the American Dairy Goat Association.
Some of our goats are also registered with the American Goat Society.
Our tattoo sequence has been registered with ADGA, AGS, NDGA and TMGR.
We are members of:
American Dairy Goat Association
American Goat Society
Nigerian Dwarf Goat Association
American Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Association
We participate in ADGA Linear Appraisal.
We attend a variety of ADGA-sanctioned Dairy Goat shows every year.
"Bojack" and "Rio"
(Handshaker's Painted Money and Gen's Hard Money)
Original oil painting by Cayley Plutnick
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, the Nigerian Dwarf 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 those 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)