new Mini-Milk Breeds
||In the last five years or so some
goat breeders started to experiment with making the regular milk
breeds smaller. There was and is a demand for a smaller
size to be more easily handled by kids, the elderly, and those
with small acreage. It was hoped that the milk production
could be kept high. The new breeds were to look like their
counterparts as near as possible. Juliet, pictured left, is
an example of what a second cross looks like. She is 75%
Nubian and 25% Nigerian Dwarf.
|Glory B is
a first cross (50%-50%) with blue eyes and
pictured here at 20 months old. I have been working on the
Mini-Nubian for 4 years now and I have seen my first two
freshenings with good udders and plenty of milk. It is a
slow process especially since I had only two Nubian does to use
for bloodlines. I also do not breed any does under 15
months of age....I feel they need the extra time to grow and
develop their bodies. It has paid off in easy births, good
mothers, and no problems. The above insert picture of Glory
B shows her airplane ears and lovely blue
cross in creating a Mini-Nubian is a Nubian
doe to a Nigerian buck, this gives you a 50-50% offspring.
Pictured to the left are the two goats I started with here at
Merrythought Farm, Zulu and Dahalia.
Samson, pictured above, is a 75-25% and will sire the
rest of my Mini Nubians. We're finally ready to move on to
2nd and 3rd generations.
the offspring of your first 50-50% cross and
cross it back to a Nubian which gives you a 75-25% cross.
This is still considered the first generation because you went
back to the original breed. You may cross again (75-25% X
50-50%) to get a 62-38%. I have found in the last year or so
that I prefer the 75-25% and so that is primarily what I will be
will find that keeping the Nubian ears is a problem. If we
are going to call this goat a Mini-Nubian, then I think it should
look like a Nubian, only smaller. You may have a darling
little one born with long nubie ears laying flat to his head and
in the weeks to follow, to your horror, you will see them rise to
airplane position. Geezh!! Pictured here with her two
spotted girls is April Morn, a 75-25% blue-eyed Mini-Nubian
lovely standard Nubian buck, Tex-Dan, was used for two breeding
seasons on April who is a 75-25%. This gave me a higher %
of Nubian than I wanted, but oh my, could he throw the
SPOTS! I love spots and couldn't resist. This
year Laura will be smaller but Lacey will be too big for a
Mini-Nubian. She will make someone a terrific family milker
if I can bear to part with her. The only thing they
didn't get was their Mother's blue eyes. We
can't have everything.
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