Mini Lamanchas FAQ
What is a mini?
A mini is the combination of a Registered Purebred Nigerian Dwarf crossed with a Registered Purebred, or American Standard Breed as it's base foundation , (Grade with exceptions) . Breeding to other miniatures advances the generations, breed requirements and develops the mini breed.
What breeds are there?
Miniatures have been developed for Mini Alpines, Mini Lamanchas, Mini Saanen, Mini Nubian, Mini Oberhasli, Mini Toggenburg, and Mini Guernsey.
Did You Know...
The Miniatures have their own registries! The MDGA (Miniature Dairy Goat Association) and the TMGR (The Mini Goat Registry).
Both registries have preformance programs. Live sanctioned shows, virtual shows as well as Milk test programs!
Goats can earn awards in both show & production (Milk test).
Data base of pedigrees are developed through each registry.
The registries will have their own guidelines for registration requirements and program requirements.
(We are members of the MDGA)
Advantages of a mini?
Mini breeds are sought after mostly by homesteaders. The reason for this is because they are smaller than a standard and take up less space, eat less, yet produce plentiful milk. Larger and more productive than a Nigerian. The hardiness, higher butterfat, ease of care, make them ideal for families that want/need a family milker. Having a registry, breeding program, & performance programs allows mini owners to do all the things that other goat owners can do with their goats through ADGA. Mini breeds however cannot be registered with ADGA. The mini breeds are derived from ADGA (and other) registered goats. Keeping mini breeds separate with their own registries is advantageous to the mini breeders. These are unique animals.
Understanding Registration Status
Each mini registry will have their own requirements, generally they are similar. Many just starting out get confused about the generations. There are 3 levels of recognition.
Experimental - these goats are generally the 1st and 2nd generation (this is where the breed is being developed or improved)
American- 3rd-5th generation that meet percentage, breed character, height requirements (breed has met requirements and past the developmental status)
Purebred- 6th or higher meeting all requirements (this is breeding mini to mini and advancing in continuous generations)
There are no limitations when breeding Experimental, American, or Purebreds. All offspring can be registered. (*Grades are an exception)
Registration of offspring will always be ONE generation higher than the lowest generation. Nigerian Dwarf and and Standard Breed are considered ZERO generation. Therefore the breeding of any goat with one or both will always result in a first gen (F-1).
Example- You have a F-3 American Mini Lamancha but you need better breed character and better production, would like to improve the mammary system so you choose a stellar PB Lamancha Buck - that Buck is a zero gen. The offspring will revert to a 1st gen regardless of the f-3 status of the doe. Those improving their breeding program and focus on conformation will often go back a generation or so to make adjustments. The goal isn't just higher generations but quality generations that advance over time while developing breed standards.