Heights & Grades & Types
(requirements of Miniature Goats reg. with the MGBA of Australia)
At 3yrs of age all adult reg. Miniature Goats must be measured and upgraded to adult status. The earlier years can also be reg. from kids onwards. Again at 4yrs of age they must be measured as some goats can continue growing between 3 & 4yrs.
Heights for Miniatures are to be no more than 63.5cm ( just under 25")for Does and Bucks, with 1" allowance for Nuwby Bucks. For more in-depth details go to the MGBA site.
Grade stock is what most people start with and prices maybe determined by the Grade of stock. It takes 5 crosses to get to Pure Bred status but in many cases longer, if one of the parents out grow the desired height. This is not unusual at the stage the Miniature Goat industry is at. When buying a Miniature Goat it is probably more important to check their background and Genes. You will probably find you can pick up a Grade goat with great Genes way cheaper than great Grades.
When buying a Miniature Goat please make sure that the breeder has evidence of the goat you are buying and their parents, as some people sell small goats (small goats can grow!), as Miniature but without papers you don't know what you'll get! For this reason it is a good idea to buy from a stud. You will probably find we don't charge you much different to the people that don't have registered goats so make sure you are buying what you think you are. As Studs we have our name to protect so you know we will be completely honest. All the stud breeders I know love their animals and will match the right one with the right family not just to make a sale.
Wethers(desexed male), can be reg. but it is not necessary for a stud to reg. them as they are not used in breeding. You can trace a Wethers background through his parents registration which the stud would have recorded.
The idea of breeding Minature Goats is to get the heights and length down and eventually get the breed true to type. This takes many years of breeding.
Here at Samittar we are concentrating on Mini Milkers and Fibre goats.
I have collected a small herd of Anglo Nubians which are the largest breed of goats. It will take me many years to cross these down to Miniature sizes but who doesn't just loves these goats???????
I have breed only one doeling so far Samittar Sandy(below) who is out of a Nubian/Toggenburg (top of page), who was paired with Samittar Joey(see Bucks page) my PB black Angora.
Above picture is of Sandy out of N/T Doe and Angora Buck. Notice the body shape is very close to the Nubian, face is fairly good considering mother has Toggie in her and the Angora winter coat is shedding out. The Nubian in this pic. had a hard start to life and is very small for her age 11months and Sandy is 1yr and still smaller than the Nubian.
I have chosen this cross as Angoras have a similar body type and are a smallest breed of goat where as the Nubian is the highest.
I have Mini Milkers that have British Apline backgrounds.
In the fibre goat are I have PB Angoras which don't loose their coat and need to be shorn about twice a yr. I have black and white Angoras. PB coloured Angoras are hard to come by.
I also breed Cashmere, these are easy as they shed their coats in summer and grow a longer soft hair in winter. If collecting cashmere it is combed out not cut.
I love the cross of Angora with Cashmere which is called Cashgora.
Samittar Nikki another Cashgora Shedding her winter coat.
(bird nests in our area are lined with cashmere)
The picture below shows you how I am going with some of my 'true to type' goats. In this picture is Samittar Lollie a dear little PB Angora that is 1 yr old, standing next to my not miniature Nubian X Doe. about the same age. What a difference!!!!!!!!! This is why breeding Miniature Goats is so exciting.
My daughter Sharee and Grandson William with Dimity and Lollie.