Paula Levett saw some minature goats in an Australian magazine several years ago and the next thing she and some others were importing two bucks to New Zealand.
She felt there was a place for a milking goat which was much smaller than the common, and wonderfully productive Saanen.
The Nigerian Dwarf milking goat fitted the bill nicely only standing half a metre tall, it needs a much smaller area to live on and is easier to manage than the bigger goat breeds, which is great for aging farmers.
The milk is high in fat and protein making it suitable for hobby cheese makers, but Paula says the goats also make great pets.
To learn more, visit the Nigerian Dwarf Goat Breeders Association website.