4H projects have a way of getting our family and farm into new adventures. In 2017 we branched into the Mini world with a Mini Lamancha bottle baby! We are excited to learn more about this breed that optimizes the Nigerian dwarf dairy goat size with the Lamancha dairy goat udder capacity! Our Mini’s are registered with the Miniature Dairy Goat Association – http://miniaturedairygoats.net/.
The Miniature Dairy Goat Association was established in 1996 to recognize and provide registry services for breeders who have been raising miniature dairy goats produced by crossing purebred standard dairy goats and Nigerian Dwarf goats. The progeny of the first generation, as well as their descendants, have demonstrated consistency of size, type and dairy conformation. This uniformity and the belief that mid-sized dairy goats represent a needed resource in the goat industry have formed the foundation of the miniature dairy goat breeds and the Miniature Dairy Goat Association. MDGA has a Virtual Goat Show program that can be valuable to members who are unable to attend live shows, as well as those who can.
EarKnot Acres GO WITH THE “FLO”
Percentage: 27% Lamancha and 73% Nigerian Dwarf
Generation: F1 (Elf Ears)
Judge Feedback from the 2017 MDGA Virtual show (7 entries): Judge 1: 3rd places over 4th for general appearance. She is much shorter and stronger on her pasterns, especially in the rear. In dairy character, she is longer and leaner in the neck. Judge 2: 4th places over 5th in General Appearance. She has more refined, flatter shoulder blades, is wider in the hocks and has a more desirable slope to the rump. 2017 MDGA Summer Virtual Show
DAM: Tiny Tubbies FloralNightenGale, Nigerian Dwarf
Dam’s Sire: Old Mountain Farm Cecchetti *B
Dam’s Dam: Kid Dreaming Sonnie Delight
SIRE: Enchanted Hill Linus, Mini Lamancha F3
Sire’s Sire: Glimmercroft Last Change to Shine
Sire’s Dam: Enchanted Hill Lucy
Why Mini’s? Some people with a small acreage are looking for a smaller milk-producing animal to provide a family milk supply. Larger and smaller cities across the country now allow miniature dairy goats within city limits. A mini dairy goat can often produce two-thirds the amount of milk that a standard dairy goat produces while consuming half as much feed, which could be helpful as the cost of feed rises. The influence of Nigerian Dwarf genetics may expand the breeding season past the fall months and also may increase the butterfat in the milk. Children, seniors, and people with disabilities may find the mini breeds easier to handle. Hoof trimming, clipping, showing, and milking become much less of a challenge because of the minis’ smaller size. Also, smaller goats are in demand for the pet market.
What is a Mini? A first generation miniature dairy goat is the product of a standard-sized purebred/American goat bred to a Nigerian Dwarf. Only documented animals with traceable registrations may be used to produce a mini dairy goat registerable in the Experimental, American or Purebred herdbooks. Also, Nigerian Dwarves must be purebred and registered with one of the ND registries. Further generations of miniature dairy goats are created by crossing minis with other minis. (See below for further information.) First and second generations of correct miniature goats are registered as “Experimental.” Third through fifth generations that meet the breed standards and the 70/30 rule are registered as “American.” Sixth generation, and beyond, are considered “Purebred” if they meet the breed standard.
Understanding Mini Generations: A first generation (F1) is either a cross between a Nigerian Dwarf (ND) and a standard-sized doe (one of the recognized dairy breeds) OR a cross between a miniature dairy goat and a standard-sized goat, or Nigerian Dwarf. Any of these crosses result in a first-generation miniature dairy goat. Breeding an F1 to another F1 creates a second generation (F2). F2 x F2 = F3, and so on. The generation of the kid is always one generation higher than the lowest generation of a parent. For example, if you breed an F3 to an F1, the kid is an F2. Even if you breed an F6 to an F1, the kid will only be an F2.
Mini Lamancha Breed Standards: The Mini-LaMancha is well known for their docile, even temperament and a steady production of fairly high butterfat. The face is straight and with the ears being the most distinguishing characteristic of the Mini-LaMancha. The ears are either ‘Gopher’ which lack cartilage but do have a ring of skin around the auditory canal or the ‘Elf’ which has some cartilage and should be no longer than an inch long. In does, both ear types are equally accepted but bucks must have ‘Gopher’; ears to be registered. Bucks with elf ears will be registered “Experimental”. Any combination of color is acceptable. Maximum height: Does: 27 inches, Bucks: 29 inches.