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Favorite Dual Breed?

Discussion in 'Breeds & Breeding - Goats' started by DaniMomma, Sep 9, 2017.

  1. Jun 8, 2018
    Wehner Homestead

    Wehner Homestead Herd Master Golden Herd Member

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    We have Nigerians. Haven’t eaten one. We have kids born in Jan that are about 25-30#. Something to keep in mind as there isn’t much meat on that carcass...

    Have you considered Minis? There are Minis of each dairy breed that were bred by crossing with a Nigerian buck. You can buy Minis or breed your own. Essentially you’ll get a larger male with a more thickness than a purebred dairy and a female that can take in less feed and give almost as much milk as a Standard female.

    We actually bought two LaMancha doelings this year to start raising our own Minis using our Nigerian bucks.

    Check out MDGA or Miniature Dairy Goat Association for information and links about each of the breeds and breeders.

    We co-raise our kids. It’s more work in that you have to work at socializing the kids or they won’t be tame like bottle babies. It’s a benefit because I only milk once a day after the kids are two weeks old and separated for eight hours prior. Works well for me. I’ll stick to once a day milking even after everyone is weaned.

    Exactly 12 hrs apart is very difficult here too. (3 under 6, youngest has Spina Bifida, both work off the farm, other animals and obligations.) My goal is the same time every morning. Pulling babies in the evening is pretty easy and can be done quickly, even if evening chores are done earlier.
     
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    Mini Horses

    Mini Horses True BYH Addict

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    For those looking at smaller sized goats, I agree with all the replies. For Dannimomma, who has no issue with size...I would suggest the Nubians you like, cross with a well developed Boer buck. The kids will be well fed as the Nubians produce nicely, when fully weaned you will have PLENTY of milk. The kids will grow well and give you more meat on that long Nubian carcass.

    I did this in the past when I kept a sizeable herd of Full blood Boers. The crossbred does were also good livestock. Both have the drop ears. Just get a well muscled buck, nothing puny. My 1/2 blood kids brought good $$ and I always had a waiting list of buyers. The 1/2 blood goats did have a heavier body to them but still the longer leg of Nubian.
     
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