Pepper is an unregistered Lamancha (La Mancha) goat doe, who joined our farm in 2018.
We decided in 2018 to expand our goat breeds a bit, and started searching for Nubians and Lamanchas (La Manchas), as they are both larger dairy breeds with great milk properties (quality and quantity). Our goal is to breed them to our Nigerian Dwarf bucks, and start developing our own lines of Mini-Nubians and Mini-Lamanchas. We contacted Pepper’s farm when they had advertised their Lamanchas for sale, and at the time they just had bucks. So we got on their list, and when Pepper was born, we decided to take her. Her human “mom” kept us updated with LOTS of photos and videos of Pepper over the next couple of months. She was so adorable, and it was wonderful to see her developing. Since we were buying her, we were also able to ensure she could keep her horns (which are normally removed through disbudding for dairy goat breeds).
A few days before we were supposed to pick her up, we were informed that Pepper had an extra “teat”, which is something most producers would not want in a dairy goat. It doesn’t hurt her, and she could still have normal kids (as it is not attached to anything and may not pass on genetically unless bred to a buck with this trait), but generally not a quality that people want in a registered dairy goat. Her owner was so nice about letting us know, even offering another goat in exchange for Pepper. However, we had grown very attached to Pepper, watching her grow up, so we of course still wanted to bring her home even though she wouldn’t be registered. In addition though, we also brought home another Lamancha doeling, Charlotte, who was registered.
If you haven’t seen this breed before, Lamanchas have very unique, tiny ears. They also have very sweet personalities, and are known for producing a very good quality and quantity of milk.
Pepper is an unregistered Lamancha (La Mancha) doe.