MDGA One-Day Milk Testing
Crystal Eustler & Gena Studdard
supply milk testing lab or testing supplies
One-day milk tests must be scheduled at least 30 days in
advance to testing.
If you have any questions
One Day application
How to get started and what to expect
You will need a scale that weighs in .0 (tenths
of a pound). A digital postage scale can be
used, although a regular dairy scale is better.
Plan ahead, does are usually at their peek
at 60 days. Send in your application and payment
30 days BEFORE you plan on
After having milked all the does and added
their milk to their individual bottles, have the
the milk samples
to be mailed to the lab, which
will test the milk.
Please send a note along
with your sample to have results emailed to DHIA@miniaturedairygoats.net.
The milk committee will figure the amounts and
send you a report showing what your animals have
Complete instructions and procedures will be sent
to the herd owner after the herd is registered
to be on test.
When you contact your milk tester
these are the things you or your milk tester will be
required to have:
Regulation for a One-Day Milk Test
1. Only certified testers may preside over a one-day
test. (No owner samplers accepted)
2. The doe must be on the premises where the test is
held during the entire period of the
3. Three milk outs will be conducted. The first
is a check with no samples taken. The
milk weight will be recorded but not used to calculate the
4. Samples and weights will be taken from the second
and third milk outs. These will be
used to calculate the final score.
5. The original result sheet from the lab will be sent
directly to MDGA after the butterfat
has been calculated.
6. Milk outs will be 12 hours apart.
7. Each doe will be officially measured by the tester.
8. For Miniature does a score of 70 points or more (figured
to the thousandth place,
rounded to the nearest whole number) will be required
to receive a Production
Star(*P). For Nigerian Dwarf does a score of 55
points or more will be required to
9. Scores will be calculated using the following formula:
a. Multiply pounds of milk by 5.55
b. Multiply pounds of milk by butterfat, times 1.11
c. Multiply days since freshening by .0555.
d. Add totals for final score.
Example: a doe fresh 43 days with 5.6 pounds of milk
at 4.5% fat:
a. 5.6 x 5.55 = 31.08
b. 5.6 x 4.5 x 1.11 = 27.9720 (rounded to 27.97)
c. 43 x .0555 = 2.3865 (rounded to 2.387)
d. 31.08 + 27.97 + 2.387 = 61.437 (rounded to 61); Doe
does not receives a Star
(unless is it
a Nigerian Dwarf where the qualification is >55 points, vice
>70 points for all other minis.
Fill out the One Day Test application
you received in your packet and send with the appropriate herd fee.
10. A certificate will be sent for any doe earning a Star
after all fees and reports have been received
Things to remember:
Be sure to keep a copy of the
barn sheet and also email a copy to MDGA
Tester should mail samples and
barn sheet, not the owner
Owner Sampler Is Not
elligable for One-Day testing
1-Day Milk Test
1 owner = $10.00 + $3.00 per doe
2 or more
owners = $20.00 +$3.00 per doe
All milk star awards:
Milk Star Award certificate (hard copy) = $3.00
Award certificate (digital copy) = no charge
MDGA registration certificate updated
with milk awards = $3.00 (send in old