Miniature Dairy Goat Association



MDGA Milk Testing
Chair: Crystal Eustler & Gena Studdard

MDGA does NOT supply milk testing lab or testing supplies

 Would you like to have the opportunity for your mini dairy does to earn milk Production Star awards?  Would you like to know how much butterfat and protein your mini dairy does are producing?
Would you like to have official milk records to offer buyers? 
If so, MDGA has DHI and In-House milk testing programs for you!

Request a Packet that includes information and forms to register your does for milk test !

If you are interested in your animals participating in a 305-day milk test, you must sign your herd up with MDGA by January 15th of each year

Any herd new to the MDGA 305 milk program may register at any time. Please note that all rules still apply.
You does must be tested within the first 45 day of freshening.

One-day milk tests must be scheduled at least 30 days in advance.

Once you sign your herd up to participate in a milk test, you will be sent a packet to fill out with information about the herd and the does to be tested.

Note: It is the responsability of a doe owner to notify registrar if their doe who has earned a star has a buck(s) that qualify for *B.
Also true if a buck has daughters who have earned their milk stars that are from 3 different dams, to notify registrar buck has earned his +B.

How to get started and what to expect

Fill out the application form that you received in your packet and send it to MDGA by January 15th.

Once MDGA has received your application, you will be sent information to begin the milk testing process

You will need a scale that weighs in tenths of a pound (0.0 lbs.). A digital postage scale can be used, although a regular dairy scale is better.

After milking all of the does and placing their respective milk samples in their individual bottles, mail the milk samples to the lab, which will test the milk. Please send a note along with your sample requesting that results be emailed to The Milk Committee will figure the amounts.

Complete instructions and procedures for the milk testing will be sent to the herd owner after the herd is registered to be on test.




Interesting Goat milk facts:

Goat Milk and Health:

A Dr. Jensen discovered a common denominator in his 70-year study of people over the age of 100 in 90 countries. 
It was goat milk.

  • Margaret Patton of London died at 137 years old.
  • Jonathan Hartop walked nine miles a day at the age of 136 and lived to be 138.
  • Thomas Parr lived 152 years.
  • Peter Czartin from Austria lived to be 184.

All of these people lived on goat milk.

Goat milk neutralizes acids and toxins.

Goat milk is easily digested, making it the perfect food for children, elderly people, those with digestive difficulties, those recuperating from a disease or health conditions, and pets that have been weaned from their mother.

Goat milk is high in healing enzymes and has a superior form of calcium than cow milk.


The DIFFERENCE between Goats Milk and Cows milk:

Goat milk breaks down in the stomach in 20 minutes; it takes an hour/+ for the stomach to break down cow milk.

Goat milk may be drunk by people who are allergic to cow milk, but it contains lactose, so it may not be for people who are lactose-intolerant.

The major difference between cow milk and goat milk is that goat milk has smaller fat globules than cow milk, which makes it naturally homogenized and more easily digestible than cow milk.

Goat milk also has a higher butterfat content than cow milk.

Goat milk is a highly nourishing natural food for people who are allergic to cow milk.

Cow milk is mucus forming for many people. Goat milk is not only non-mucus forming, but actually helps to neutralize mucus.

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