MDGA Milk Testing
Would you like to let your mini dairy does earn milk
production stars? Would you like to know how much
butterfat and protein your mini doe is producing?
Would you like to have ‘official’ milk records to
offer buyers? Have you not started DHIA milk testing
because of NAIS or other governmental programs? If
so, MDGA’s in-house milk testing program is for you!
If you are interested on being on
milk test this year, you must sign your herd up with
MDGA before your first doe freshens. You will be
sent a packet to fill out with information about the
herd and does to be tested.
How to get
started and what to expect
Fill out the
and send to MDGA a minimum of 2 weeks
before your first doe freshens.
you will be sent supplies and
information to continue. You will also
have a small test to take, along with
your tester, to show that you understand
the testing procedure to be certified as
able to do the testing.
You will need a
scale that weighs in .0 (tenths of a
pound) A digital postage scale can be
used although a regular dairy scale
would be better.
After your doe
freshens, you milk into a clean bucket
and weigh the milk. After writing down
the weight on the form, you would take a
sample of milk and put in one of the
supplied bottles to be sent to the lab
After you have
milked all the does, and added their
milk to the bottles, you would then
prepare the milk samples to be mailed to
the lab. The lab will test the milk and
send the results to MDGA. We will
figure the amounts and send you a report
showing what your animals have done.
Complete instructions and procedures
will be sent to the herd owner after the
herd is registered to be on test.
must be sent to MDGA prior to
beginning testing. Application must be
made at least two weeks prior to
Does must be registered with MDGA.
Paperwork will be sent monthly.
4. No products or devices
designed to enhance production or
butterfat may be used, except those that
are a part of normal daily care.
(Example: adding sunflower seeds to the
diet on a regular basis is normal daily
care, adding a hormone before the test
is not normal daily care).
5. A Production Certificate will
be issued to any doe qualifying for a
6. A test year is 305 days or
7. A Production Star (*P) will
be earned according to the Chart below.
8. MDGA will recognize the Top
10 production records each year,
provided minimum production is met. All
breeds will be combined unless there are
more than 20 does of a breed on test.
If more than 20 does of a single Mini
breed are on test, the Top 5 of that
breed will be recognized separately.
9. All Top 10 does (or Top 5)
will have a verification test conducted
by a different supervisor. The rules
for a verification test will be the same
as for a one-day test.
10. All does will need to be
measured by your tester; the measurement
will be included on the form sent to
11. Cost is $15.00 for a herd
application plus $1.00 per doe for a new
herd going on test. Or $10.00 plus
$1.00 for each doe for a renewing herd.
12. Types of Testing
1. The following
testing types are approved by MDGA:
a. Standard test - A certified
Supervisor tests herd each month, taking
AM and PM weights and samples (Tester
will be certified by MDGA).
b. Group test -
Conducted like a Standard test except
the Supervisors one of a group of at
least 3 people who test each other's
herd. All Supervisors must be certified
c. EOM - Owner tests and
samples one month, Supervisor test and
samples on alternating months. Samples
are taken as in Standard Test.
d. AMPM - Owner and
Supervisor share testing and sampling,
alternating AM and PM each month.
e. Owner - Owner weighs
and samples milk each testing. Owner
must be certified as a tester.
2. All plans except
Standard and Group require a
verification test. All verification
testing is done at owners expense.
3. If verification
test results deviate more than 5%
from the previous month, a 2nd
verification may be required.
Where to send samples (more
information as well as supplies will be
sent to you when you sign up for the
150 Bridon Way
Jerome, ID 83338-6131
for the Standard Test form for milk
testing with MDGA
One day milk
Only certified testers may preside over a one-day test. (Check with
MDGA for a list of testers in your area)
2. The doe must be on the premises where the test is held
during the entire period of the test.
3. Three milk outs will be conducted. The first is a check
with no samples taken. Weight will be recorded, but not used to
figure final score.
4. Samples and weights will be taken from the second and
third milk outs. These will be used to figure final score.
5. Weights and samples must be sent to AgSource Lab in
Jerome, ID for butterfat testing.
6. The original result sheet from the lab will be sent
directly to MDGA after the butterfat has been added.
7. Each milk out will be 12 hours apart.
8. Each doe will be officially measured by the tester.
9. A score of 70 points (figured to the thousandth place,
rounded to the nearest whole number) will be required to receive a
10. Scores will be figured on the following formula:
a. Multiply pounds of milk by 5.55
b. Multiply pounds of milk by butterfat, times
c. Multiply days since freshening by .0555.
d. Add totals for final score.
Example: a doe fresh 43 days with 5.6 pounds of milk at 4% fat:
a. 6.6 x 5.55 = 36.63
b. 6.6 x 4.5 x 1.11 = 32.967
c. 43 x .0555 = 2.3865 (rounded to 2.387)
d. 36.63 + 32.967 + 2.387 = 71 (rounded to 58); Doe
receives a Star.
11. Fill out the
One Day Test
and send with $10.00 herd fee to the
coordinator prior to test date.
A certificate will be sent for any doe
earning a Star after all fees and
reports have been received.
Milk Testing Fees
New herd fee for 305 testing
$15.00 + $1.00 per doe
Renewal herd fee for 305 testing
$10.00 + $1.00 per doe
(lab and tester fees are extra)
One day test-one owner - 30 day
$10.00 + $3.00 per doe
One day test several owners - 30 day
$20.00 + $3.00 per doe
(includes lab fees for one test)
*P Award certificate for doe
*B Award certificate for buck with
Interesting Goat milk facts:
Goat Milk and Health:
Jensen discovered common denominator in his 70 year
study of people over the age of 100, in visiting 90
countries, it was goat milk.
Margaret Patton of London died at 137 years old.
Jonathan Hartop walks 9 miles a day at the age
of 136 and lived to be 138.
Thomas Parr lived 152 years.
Peter Czartin from Austria lived to be 184.
these people lived on goat milk.
milk neutralizes acids and toxins.
milk digests easily making it the perfect food for
children, the elderly, those with digestive
difficulties, those recuperating from a disease or
health conditions, and your pets that have been
weaned from their mother.
milk is high in healing enzymes and has a superior
form of calcium than cow milk.
The DIFFERENCE between Goats Milk and Cows milk:
Goat milk breaks down in the stomach in twenty
minutes; it takes an hour/+ for the stomach to break
down cow's milk.
milk may be drunk by people who are allergic to
cows' milk, but it contains lactose, so it is not
for the lactose intolerant.
major difference between cow's milk and goat's milk
is goat's milk has smaller fat globules than cow's
milk, which makes it naturally homogenized and more
easily digestible than cow's milk.
milk also has a higher butterfat content than cow's
milk is a highly nourishing natural food for people
who are allergic to cow milk.
milk is mucus forming for many people. Goat milk is
not only non-mucus forming, but actually helps to
Milking Related Links:
How to Prevent Mastitis
How to Get Great Tasting Milk
Following is a list showing the amount of
milk required for a doe to earn a *P.
AGE MILK (lbs) BUTTERFAT (lbs)
2.00< 990 44.5
2.01 994 44.7
2.02 998 44.9
2.03 1002 45.1
2.04 1006 45.3
2.05 1010 45.5
2.06 1014 45.7
2.07 1018 45.9
2.08 1022 46.1
2.09 1026 46.3
2.10 1030 46.5
2.11 1034 46.7
3.00 1038 46.9
3.01 1042 47.1
3.02 1046 47.3
3.03 1050 47.5
3.04 1054 47.7
3.05 1058 47.9
3.06 1062 48.1
3.07 1066 48.3
3.08 1070 48.5
3.09 1074 48.7
3.10 1078 48.9
3.11 1082 49.1
4.00 1086 49.3
4.01 1090 49.5
4.02 1094 49.7
4.03 1098 49.9
4.04 1102 50.1
4.05 1106 50.3
4.06 1110 50.5
4.07 1114 50.7
4.08 1118 50.9
4.09 1122 51.1
4.10 1126 51.3
4.11 1130 51.5
MDGA with any questions or problems
Send applications to MDGAA
"in house" Andrea Green
DHIA Lacia Lynne Bailey