I am inquiring about breeding for Mini Lamanchas. We recently lost our Lamancha buck and we have two young does that would be bred this year by him. I was wondering if I should invest in another Lamancha buck or perhaps go for a Nigerian Dwarf buck?
Except for knowing what breed of buck I need for the beginning of mini Lamanchas, my knowledge pretty much stops there. Can they be registered anywhere? What are the benefits and faults with this breed (if any). I had so many questions but my brain went blank. Any information you can provide about this endeavor, if I do decide to work for it, would be greatly appreciated.
Or should I just stay with getting a Lamancha buck instead. Please help. I'd really like to learn more. I will also be doing search on this topic.
Just an idea at this point. I wanted to hear from all of you before making a decision either way.
We have tons of opinions on this, breeding etc.. on the mini forum on here. But I don't honestly think that breeding your Lamancha does to a ND buck is the way to start. Starting with 50/50 which is what your kids will be is already too much ND in what you are trying to do. You are trying to miniaturize your Lamancha, not shorten the bones. Now if you could find a spectacular for generations, ND than perhaps it would be worth a try. But it is why I took my 4, you can see them on my website (I should call them Sondra's 4 and bred them this year to a Purebred LaMancha buck. You can already see the improvement in the head, I am hoping for a little bigger size, like Amy, but with the length and bone and dairy character in a LaMancha and not in the ND breed.
The improvement in ND since this breed started is tremendous, before they were much cobbier and what the bloodline initially started with wasn't the quality that is around now. If you want to see some drop dead gorgeous mini LaManchas and not ND with no ears, go to jollyrogers.com I wish she would update her website...her Gold line is THE nicest mini LaManchas around. She breeds 75% LaManchas to 25% ND, so each successive generation has the higher percentage of lamancha in it, which for me is key.
The breed is super hardy, excellent milkers, high fat, really nice teat length if you start from the beginning looking at that part of it. I am not interested in anything you can't easily hand milk. Temperament is bossy, mine easily live with the Nubian's, they don't make trouble but won't take anything off them. They have the LaMancha voice, which is what got me back into Lamanchas, and easily milk 6 to 8 pounds on little grain, while staying in really good shape. I so enjoy them, and local ADGA shows are letting us have one of the rings, shows need numbers. There are also virtual shows and official milk testing. Breed clubs are brand new and I don't think there is one but ours with Miniature Lamanchas, and registries are MDGA and TMGR which alot of folks dual register.
My pie in the sky dream is to have a closed herdbook with ADGA, a stand alone herdbook so none of our paperwork will end up recorded and graded up into full sized breeds. Both the registries already use ADGA's genetics site to generate their paperwork, so why shouldn't ADGA simply carry the paperwork themselves? But I live in lala land most of the time Vicki
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IF I do this, there will not be just one. But they'll still be spoiled.
I must admit, though I LOVE the idea of having minis, I don't know of any Nigerian Dwarf breeders around here and the only buck that I do know of lives up the street. And I'm only guessing at his breed by looks alone. He is not registered.
So, unless I can have success with a bit more research, it looks like I'm leaning towards the standard sized Lamancha buck for now.
Personally, I'm excited to see new mini-Manchas being created, if IF *IF* they are from good quality foundation stock, and special emphasis for the ND bucks being from producing DAIRY lines. I think getting more GOOD genetic diversity into the MM breed is very necessary.
That said, I also agree with Vicki that we need to breed MM's back to full LM when they are old enough to handle potentially bigger kids. Ultimately, I think the best small dairy goat is going to be more than 50% LM. But with the big caveat that if we as MM breeders start getting too much LM and lose the genetic advantages of the ND in easy keeping, higher butterfat, and option for natural year around breeding, then why not just keep breeding full LM's that are too small to meet standard until you get a mini-sized LM.
If I were in Kimberly's shoes with a young LM doe that I wanted to breed, and I wanted to reduce risk and increase the probability of smaller kids, I would breed to ND buck *IF*, and that's a big IF, if I could find a really dairy ND line. That might even be an AI breeding if that's how to accomplish the dual goals for both breeds, I think its a great way to go..
Lacia Lynne Bailey, Ravenna Ridge Metro Milkers
WA State, NE Seattle area
Polled Mini-Manchas & one mostly ND, on DHIA Test