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Considering mini dairy goats... Mini-mancha vs. Mini-Nubian?

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by SeaChick, Jun 2, 2010.

  1. SeaChick

    SeaChick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 25, 2007
    Southern Maine
    We really wanted to get dairy goats, but the house we ended up buying just has too little land and is too "neighborhood-y" for a herd of full-sized goats. We have 8 chickens and a big vegetable garden, and we need to keep it all pretty low-impact in this fairy chi-chi neighborhood [​IMG]

    So.... we're considering the feasiblity of just two mini does.

    Criteria that are important to us are that they be good/easy milkers, have sweet personalities, and be calm and quiet, as far as that's possible. We were considering regular Nigerian Dwarfs, but it seems we would prefer better milking and that those guys can be really LOUD and super active. Not great for our situation.

    Someone suggested Mini Manchas, and I did read that the LaMancha is the calmest, quietest of the dairy breeds.

    Then, we LOVE the look of the Mini Nubians. But I read that Nubians are "active and energetic".... does that mean they will be less calm and more noisy than the Mini Manchas, do you think?

    I'd love to hear from anyone with experience with these breeds! Also- I know there are mini-nubian breeders in Maine, but have only seen mini mancha breeders out west [​IMG] Anyone know of any in New England?
     
  2. michickenwrangler

    michickenwrangler To Finish Is To Win

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    Nubians are loud. My LaManchas were very quiet and sweet, although the kids did holler some at feeding time when they were bottle fed. Mama was a lot quieter. Nubians aren't quite as cold hardy as LaManchas although people do keep them in cold places like Michigan and Minnesota. LaManchas also put out slightly more milk with slightly less butterfat. Both breeds produce less but with higher butterfat than breeds like Saanens and Toggenburgs.
     
  3. SeaChick

    SeaChick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 25, 2007
    Southern Maine
    Thanks- I was afraid of that (Nubians=loud)..... Unfortunately I cannot find any mini-mancha breeders anywhere local! Very frustrating...
     
  4. la dee da

    la dee da Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Would it be possible for you to find a LaMancha breeder near you and offer to buy the babies from one of their does if they breed it with a nigerian?
     
  5. Country Living Farm

    Country Living Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 18, 2009
    Florida
    Quote:I have a Pig. Nig. Dwarf that I want to milk as she is full with a 8 week old as well. The problem is, I have never done this and her........how do I say this....Ummmm..are so small, I would be lucky to get one finger and a thumb on it. I would think 5 hours later I might have a cup to soak my sore fingers in... I would go with the bigger goats with bigger........you know......
     
  6. aggieterpkatie

    aggieterpkatie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I have a Pig. Nig. Dwarf that I want to milk as she is full with a 8 week old as well. The problem is, I have never done this and her........how do I say this....Ummmm..are so small, I would be lucky to get one finger and a thumb on it. I would think 5 hours later I might have a cup to soak my sore fingers in... I would go with the bigger goats with bigger........you know......

    They're called teats. It's not a dirty word. [​IMG]
     
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  7. Country Living Farm

    Country Living Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 18, 2009
    Florida
    O i know, just trying to be funny. I guess it did not work..
     
  8. TifsBroodyBabes

    TifsBroodyBabes Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I thought it was funny.[​IMG]
     
  9. EweSheep

    EweSheep Flock Mistress

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    Well I loved my Nubians I had for 4H projects. They were excellent milkers but do they ever TALK!!!! And they did well in cold weathers with shelters pretty well as long fresh water and hay was available for them.

    I've heard that LaMancha goats were about the quietest breeds.

    LOL at the tiny teats...I can imagine they would be smaller but you didn't have to make it harder on yourself by not saying "teats"![​IMG]
     
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  10. key west chick

    key west chick Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 31, 2008
    Gainesville, GA
    A nice line of dairy Nigi's should have better teats than just a nigi. Some Nigi's are breed for milking and showing, needing nice size teats and nice placement.
     

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