LaManchas & Mini LaManchas
at Sundaze Farm

About the LaMancha Goat Breed

LaManchas are the only dairy goat breed developed in the United States. The first LaMancha goats were bred by Ms. Eula Fay Frey in California in the late 1920s. She later moved to Oregon to further develop the breed. LaManchas were officially recognized as a distinct breed on January 27, 1958. You can read more about the breed history on Wikipedia.

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.

By far, the most distinct characteristic of the LaMancha is their short ear pinnae (the portion of the ear visible on the outside of the body). This ear shape is naturally occuring and their ears are never cut or cropped. LaManchas can have one of two ear types, as described by the ADGA:

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!

LaMancha & Mini LaMancha - Junior & Senior Does

Kanai Farm Aelin

MDGA Registered Mini LaMancha

Toadsknoll Black Merlin

ADGA Registered American LaMancha

Toadsknoll Prairie Falcon

ADGA Registered American LaMancha

Mini LaMancha - Bucks

Casa de Tortuga Pascal

MDGA Registered Mini LaMancha Buck