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Discussion in 'Dairy Diaries' started by kannm, Jun 3, 2009.
Does anyone here use mini nubians for milk? If so, are they good producers?
Eliya on here is the expert, hopefully she will chime in. From what I've heard though, they produce very well.
Eliya isn't the only one that has Mini-Nubian milkers here. I got almost a gallon of milk from one of our Mini-Nubian does, she gave 2 qts. of milk from each teat, morning and evening!
Yes, there are a few people on here that have mini nubians :thumb:
My understanding is that they can produce pretty close if not the same as a nubian but are smaller, requiring less feed. However, I am not for certain - as I have never owned one :wink:
You are correct.
Sorry I haven't been on here much (too busy!) so I didn't see this until now.
I milk about 10-14 MiniNubian does each year. The production varies from doe to doe and depends on number of lactations and stage of lactation. My does average at about 5-6 lbs a day (about 3/4ths of a gallon). Some of my best milkers give almost a gallon a day (8 lbs). The first fresheners of course give less while the more experienced does tend to give more. Also size varies a lot in the breed - a smaller doe may give less than a larger doe (not always though!).
This is interesting. I wonder if we should do this with our nubian does. I think the preg would be easier on them because of smaller babies. We have two nubians and can't expand our herd now that we have deed restrictions -- boy that really sucks!! But, if the pregs were easier and if we could be doing a service to people interested in starting mini nubian mixes.
Can I ask, what state are you in? Are you in the Northeast?
We are about to be. (Kannm is my wife). We will be in NE Pa on or around July 20th.
I love my Mini's, they produce between 6 and 8 lbs a day. Waiting for kids in late Aug. :clap: .