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 Brush Creek, Gay-Mor, Little Tot's Estate, Woodhaven Farms,
and Rosasharn. We are active in the show ring and have enjoyed showing our
animals at some very fine shows around the country.
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 too, 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 awe struck with our animals earning a few National titles, Best In Show wins and many Grand Champion and Reserve Champion along with Best Udder wins at the shows. We were honored with being given the title of "Michigan's All Time Breed Leader" for Nigerians when we were on official milk test. We participated in DHI or "Official Milk Test" for a few years and we were very pleased with the results of that experience. Out of 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 catagories placing at the top in not only milk production, but also butterfat and Protein. What a thrill it was for us to acheive 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 in the Top Ten list, being 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. We have achieved this award twice. Wow! What a great experience working with these wonderful little dairy goats has been for us!
We test yearly for CAE (Caprine Arthritis Encephalitis), and Johnnes with Negative results to date. We have not had any animals with CL (Caseous Lymphadenitis).
We are members in the American Dairy Goat Association (ADGA), the American Goat Society (AGS) and Nigerian Dwarf Goat Association, (NDGA). We are also members in the American Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goat Association, the Georgia Dairy Goat Breeders Association, the Florida Dairy Goat Association and the Nigerian Dwarf Goat Club of Florida.
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.
Ward and Deena at Kaapio Acres