MiniNubians from the beginning –
Choosing Nubian Foundation Does
Unless a new breeder had
the good fortune to be able to purchase stock from an established
breeder, the start of their MiniNubian breeding project is going to
consist of starting with the first cross, breeding a Nigerian Dwarf
buck to a Nubian doe.. It is wonderful that many very nice Nigerian
bucks are available. It might even be possible to just take your
does to a local breeder and not even need to purchase the buck, but
you will need some Nubian does.
selecting your does there are lots of things to keep in mind.
You are starting the foundation of your herd and poor or even
mediocre does won’t be a good start. I always select my does
on their own appearance, especially in udders in mature does, and
then in general appearance. In udders I want to see a strong
mammary systems, and strong legs, feet, and other assets that will
make her a worthy foundations doe.
Next I want to understand
the breeding program that produced her. I want to know that her dam
was also a quality animal and that her sire has other daughters that
show he is able to pass on good qualities to his offspring.
Pedigrees can assist with information about how the animal you are
about to purchase was produced. However, many good quality Nubians
have an undistinguished pedigree but may still be used for a
MDGA has allowed breeders
who register their experimental animals (these early generations
crosses) to use animals of dairy goat breeds that are purebreds with
papers, Americans with papers, percentage Americans and even Native
on Appearance. (Does that are unregistered but have appearance
conforming to the breed standard.)
Nubians are the number one
breed in American, so ADGA statistics say. Due to their attractive
appearance, they are a favorite choice for family milkers,
children’s pets and 4-H projects, and beginning breeders as well as
know that a lot of Nubians have been sold as
pets or sent to auction without papers by people who have fallen on
hard times. Some of those have been found by breeders who recognized
quality when they saw it. These animals often did not have papers
when they were sent to the auction and so their records are lost.
Many American lines have been started by just such a doe. More
about American Nubians later.
Other Nubians have been
used in breeding programs that, no matter what their papers said, were poor
quality. Registration papers alone are not a certificate of
quality. They are a tool to assist breeders to document their
breeding successes, and misses as well. Do not be misled, and do
not purchase on the basis of papers only. A poor purebred is a poor
investment. My advice to all aspiring MiniNubian breeders is to buy
the best does you can, not on papers, but on quality of the
individual and their parents and siblings.
Don't turn up your nose at
American Nubians. They can be a real bargain for the MiniNubian
breeder. Mostly, they are not as desirable as purebreds among
Nubian breeders. For that reason, only the good Americans survive
in Nubian herds while mediocre purebreds are numerous. Something to
Grade Nubians can also be a
bargain. I have one such doe in my herd. Her dam is a GCH purebred
Nubian doe (the dam of 7 Ch daughters!) Her sire is unknown. Two
Nubian bucks of excellent breeding and quality had access to the doe
when she was bred and it cannot be determined which one is her
sire. For that reason she is registered as a 50% American Nubian.
Not all that desirable to the Nubian breeder I purchased her from,
but a great find for my herd.
Start with the best does
you can find, use all the good breeding techniques you know or can
learn from others. If you breed high quality animals you will go
far. Poor quality animals will not be a credit to the breed or to
your own herd, so start out right, and keep learning. Welcome to
the fascinating world of the MiniNubian!
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