LaManchas & Mini LaManchas
at Sundaze Farm
About the LaMancha Goat Breed
LaManchas are known for their production of tasty milk that is relatively high in butterfat content. (They typically rank third in line, with Nubians and Nigerian Dwarfs being higher.) They also tend to have very sweet, calm temperaments, making them ideal for a small homestead or farm.
By ADGA standards, a mature LaMancha doe should measure at least 28″ at the withers and weigh at least 130 pounds. Bucks should measure at least 30″ weigh 160 pounds.
LaManchas can be any color or pattern known in goats.
Gopher ear: An approximate maximum length of 1 inch but preferably nonexistent and with very little or no cartilage. The end of the ear must be turned up or down.
Elf ear: An approximate maximum length of 2 inches is allowed, the end of the ear must be turned up or turned down and cartilage shaping the small ear is allowed.
LaMancha does may be registered with either ear type, and neither has any advantage over the other in showing. Bucks may only be registered with the Gopher ear type.
So, what is a Mini LaMancha, then?
Mini LaManchas (along with Mini versions of the other standard dairy breeds – Alpine, Guernsey, Nubian, Oberhasli, Saanen, and Toggenburg) bring the best of both worlds: they are small, easy to handle, and eat less than a full size goat, but they produce more milk than a Nigerian Dwarf (without it being overwhelmingly more). In my opinion, they’re the perfect homestead animal because they are economical but still great producers.
A first-generation Mini LaMancha is created by breeding a LaMancha doe to a Nigerian Dwarf buck. If both animals are registered with the ADGA or AGS, their offspring can be registered as an F1 Experimental with the Miniature Dairy Goat Association (MDGA) or The Miniature Goat Registry (TMGR). To learn more about generations, showing, and performance programs for miniatures, I recommend visiting one of the registry websites!