Miniature Dairy Goat Association
Information About Mini-Dairy Goats
What is a Mini-Dairy goat?
miniature dairy goat is the product of a standard sized
purebred/American goat bred to a Nigerian Dwarf for the first
generation of mini dairy goats. Only documented animals with
traceable registrations can be used to produce a mini goat. Nigerian
Dwarfs must be purebred registered with one of the ND registries.
Why Miniature Dairy Goats?
people with small acreage are looking for a smaller milk producing
animal for a family milk supply. Miniature dairy goats are now being
allowed in some of the large cities across the country.
Breeding Miniature Dairy Goats
Mini-Dairy goats are a group of new dairy breeds that are being created by taking a full size dairy doe and breeding it to a Nigerian Dwarf buck. The goal is to produce a mid-size dairy goat that looks like the standard size breed. One of the things that has been confusing to many people is the percentages listed on the pedigree. This is the amount of standard sized goat and Nigerian blood that is in the Mini-Dairy goat. This article will attempt to explain where those numbers come from. The other thing that is often misunderstood is the generation of a mini-dairy goat.
Understanding Generations: A first generation (F1) is when one of the parents is a Nigerian Dwarf (ND) or a Standard sized doe (one of the recognized dairy breeds). Usually the first cross is a ND buck x Standard doe rather than the other way around. Then if you breed a F1 to another F1 you have a second generation (F2). F2xF2 = F3 and so on. The generation of the kid is always one generation higher than the lowest generation parent with the foundation animals (ND or Standard breed) being considered ‘0 generations’. So, if you breed a F3 to a F1 it is a F2. Even if you bred a F6 to a F1 you would only have a F2.
How Much do Miniature Dairy Goats Milk?
Miniature dairy goats have been reported to produce anywhere from 2 lbs a day (1 quart) to 10 lbs a day (one and a quarter gallons) with the average around 5-6 lbs (3 quarts) of milk daily. Genetics and management will play an important part in milk production.
What if I want to experiment with percentages in my breeding program?
The purpose of MDGA is to provide you with an inclusive means of recording and supporting the development of miniature breeds. If you feel that it will help you better reach your goals by crossing with percentages other than 50/50, MDGA will still register your goats as Experimentals. If at any time you breed back to a purebred Nigerian or a standard dairy goat, the offspring will revert back to first generation. If you experiment with percentages other than 50/50, it may take more generations to attain purebred status, but in most cases it may be worth it in your breeding program.
How tall will the Miniature Dairy Breeds be?
The Mini-Dairy goats are between the
sizes of the Nigerian Dwarf and the standard breed. Measured at the
withers, the preferred maximum height for does is twenty
eight inches (28") and for bucks twenty-nine inches (29") for all
breeds. The minimum height is twenty-two inches (22") for does and
twenty-four inches (24") for bucks.
Make Your Mini-Dairy Goat Herd Management Better & Easier!
Knowing the animals in your goats pedigree helps you understand what to expect from your animals. Keep track of your pedigrees with MDGA’s Registration Services
Determine the contributions of each doe with Milk Production Testing - are all of your does pulling their weight around your farm?
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