Why Mini Nubians?
Why Mini Nubians?
It all started when…
Registered Mini Nubians are the product of a breeding between a Registered Nubian doe and a Registered Nigerian Dwarf buck. Our Miniature Nubians are all registered with The Miniature Goat Registry (TMGR)
Why Mini Nubians??
For lots of different reasons but for me it is all for the milk. (I do it all for UDDERS...sorry couldn't help the pun). Full size Nubians are beautiful, powerful animals that produce a good volume of milk. Nigerians make milk with a high butterfat content, but they can be difficult to milk. With Minis, you get the best of both breeds higher butterfat than Nubians & higher volume and easier to milk than Nigies.
I consider Mini Nubians the Goldilocks goats. I tried to milk this one and it was too big. I tried to milk this one and it was too small. I tried to milk this one and it is just right!!
But there are other reasons, too. Full size nubians can weigh over 200 pounds. The average Mini is just about 100 pounds or less. This makes them much easier to handle when feeding, medicating, trimming hooves, milking, clipping or showing. Lots of kids in this area are choosing Minis for their 4H dairy goats. They are a great size for this, plus cute as can be :)
Also very important to consider, a mini Nubian buck is very easy to handle. A full size Nubian buck in rut....not so much.
Minis are much easier on fences, feeders, milk stands, etc. and they just plain do not require as much barn space.
When you are ready to bring them home, Mini Nubians are not only easy to handle, they are also easy to transport. Even our adult Minis can fit in a large dog crate in the back of our Subaru wagon. No trucks or trailers involved. Try doing that with a full size Nubian :)
Because they are so much smaller, they only consume about half the amount of feed.
With mini Nubians, given the same dollar/food/space budget, you can have more of them. For the same amount you would need for 2 Nubian does you can have a whole herd of minis!!!! More personalities, more fun, more kisses, more goat therapy, more whatever it is you love about your goats.....
When ya look at the whole picture, they are a terrific choice for anyone who wants to know where their food comes from by having a “back yard herd” or hobby farm.
But about the milk. I have read many times that "on average Minis give about 2/3 the volume of milk that a full size nubian does", but that has not been my experience so far.
So how much milk do they produce?? First time milkers of any breed will always give less than experienced does. I have found my first fresheners give about 3-5 lbs of milk a day. Senior does average around 5-7 lbs of milk per day; and a few really good ones make it into the "Gallon Club" giving over 8 pounds of milk a day !! Not bad when you compare that to what ADGA says is average for Nubians. (link here). Despite the outrageous claims some “for sale” ads will make, the average Nubian in 2009 was 5.8 lbs. My experience has shown that my minis make almost as much milk as the "average" Nubian!! at about half the cost of feed. I love a good bargain :)