History of the Breed
First Import to Australia by - PAUL HAMILTON
HISTORY OF THE IMPORTATION OF GOAT GENETICS INTO AUSTRALIA
The Paul Hamilton Story (Importation/Breed Founder)
I flew to Texas in 2011 after months of research locating animals and dealing with potential quarantine establishments.Unfortunately to find an established cattle export facility that would deal with housing and exporting goat genetics was impossible.
Eventually I only managed to successfully deliver one shipment out of three to Australia in a 6 month period in 2012. The cost and stress was close to unbearable. The following year in 2013 after consolidating contacts I travelled back to the USA to develop relationships with breeders of dairy, mini and meat goats. In 2013 I travelled to Tennessean, Oklahoma and Texas in order to again establish connections and enter a new team of bucks into an Oklahoma quarantine station. You would be forgiven for thinking that by now I would know what was around the next corner. In September the same year I attended the Dallas State Ag Show. Being a 'novel' Australian it was easy to make contact with breeders in numbers. It was going great until one breeder forced me to admit all donors were to be necropsied (destroyed and their brain stem analysed) to test for presence of scrapie. Maybe it was a crowd response, but quickly I was accused of misrepresentation and escorted
out of the show barn. With my tail between my legs and my whole purpose being challenged I Grey Hound bussed it to a little town in the east of Texas where I based myself for the next 10 weeks. I was successful in coordinating the import of some mighty fine USA goat genetics. The shipment arrived in Australia May 2014.Against popular wisdom I flew back to the USA in Sept 2014: The thought was to benefit from the contacts and technicians I had nurtured over the past 4 years. Surely it must get easier. The fall and start of winter was one of the coldest spells on record. Snow ice rain when it was 40 degrees the previous year. Most the donors endured the conditions, while others were lost to the program. If health requirements are satisfied and the transport is adequate I expect an additional import of genetics by April 2015.
Mini breeders need not feel threatened by the imported genetics but should see it as a tool to never be concerned about height in their breeding program. A selected 50% buck will easily come under the height requirement, and should produce kids that qualify as minis. The doe line I am using originated from the Late Mr Rod Omar from WA. Rod was suffering terminal cancer and being happy with AI results we achieved together, asked if I would continue on his 20 year breeding program. His animals carried stunning colour patterns, plenty of bone and good structure. They have proved to be good mother's with tough composition. It is observed kids from the solid colour pygmy sires are tending to lose the mothers colour as I approach purity. Australian pygmy
breeders will have the option to infuse pygmy size into their minis, breed a composite maintaining as diverse colour range as possible, or adopt the USA standard and breed their type of goat.
There is no doubt over time Mini Goat breeders will establish the Australian version of the African Pygmy goat, and I hope you enjoy the journey.
I want to briefly thank my wife for her patience, tolerating my absence for over a year, and opportunities lost while I pig headedly strive to achieve my objectives.
Written by Paul Hamilton
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Thanks Paul for this fantastic opportunity
Foundation breeders -
The MGBA list of recognised Australian Pygmy Goat Foundation breeders with the MGBA. All have contributed to the development and/or establishment of the breed in Australia.
TRINITY STUD, Paul HAMILTON – VICTORIA (Pygmy importer/breeder)
KAWINKIDINK STUD, Sam DOYLE-COX - VICTORIA (1stMGBA Pygmy breeder/ Meeting with importer pre-registration, photography / Pygmy Subcommittee member/ worked with importer / assisted with introduction and adoption of breed with MGBA / assisted with DNA collecting and sampling / promotion work / 1stAustralian Pygmy Show)
The MGBA would like to acknowledge work put in by Sam & Family for the initial establishment of the foundations of this breed in Australia.
KAZOO STUD, Karyn ATKINSON – QUEENSLAND - (1stPygmy breeder in QLD – assisted withintroduction and adoption of breed with MGBA) - The MGBA would like to acknowledge work put inby Karyn for the initial establishment of the foundations of this breed in Australia.
PATONA PARK, Sue LUDWIG - QUEENSLAND. (2nd Pygmy breeder in Qld (purchased from Kazoo Stud)/ Meeting with importer pre-registration / drafted Australian Pygmy breed standards(NPGA standards with minor modifications)/submitted genetic recovery - percentage grading system/ prepared proposal for introduction and adoption of breed /organised commencement of DNA processing for goats with UQG & collected submissions for first & most of second run (96 samples each – liaised with importer to obtain base samples) - The MGBA would like to acknowledge work put in by Sue & Family for the initial establishment of the processes for genetic percentage building and registration process for this breed in Australia.
RIVERSTONE STUD, Seleena Nichols- VICTORIA - (Pygmy breeder /Pygmy Subcommittee member)
MINI-LEE STUD, Elizabeth and Brenton LEE- QUEENSLAND - (Pygmy breeder /PygmySubcommittee member)
PLUMBAGO STUD, Christine FALCONER - WESTERN AUSTRALIA - (Pygmy breeder /Pygmy Subcommittee member)
SPRINGFIELD FARM, Karen BOWRON - WESTERN AUSTRALIA - (Pygmy breeder /Pygmy Subcommittee member)
WINDY RIDGE Sharon PARKYN – QUEENSLAND - (Pygmy breeder /Pygmy Subcommittee member)
BOUNCING HOOVES, Simone O’Brien – QUEENSLAND – Meeting with importer preregistration,photography, website layout & design - The MGBA would like to acknowledge work put in by Simone for the initial establishment of the foundations of this breed in Australia.
Foundation breeders the early days...
Sam Doyle-Cox at kawinkidink Stud 2015
We had been breeding Australian miniature goats for a numbers of years and fell in love with the stocky, cobby body shape that some if the Australian minis exhibit and strove to reproduce this in our own herd. Drawing on inspiration for our eventual stud goals through browsing the internet and drooling over the beautiful Pygmy goats in the US and UK. After much correspondence, in 2013 and early 2014 with Paul Hamilton we purchased our first two 50%
Pygmy bucks when we visited Paul’s property with Karyn Atkinson, We were a couple of VERY excited crazy goat ladies that day! Later that year Paul entrusted us with his entire herd of does who were in kid to his precious US pygmy semen while he worked for three months in the US and for some time after his return . Twenty plus does kidded on our property & we also baby sat several treasured in kid Australian 50% pygmy does who were being kept safe when others had been stolen from Pauls property. All the while we had to keep secret that we had pygmy goat genetics at our stud. It was SOOOOO hard as we were bursting with excitement
Our payment was a beautiful little 50% doe we called Winsome pixie and the opportunity to be the first stud in Australia to purchase 100% pygmy semen from Paul. We waited until Winsome Pixie was ready to be inseminated and the result was 75 % triplets! One buck Kawinkidink Gus Gus and two does Kawinkidink Ta Da and Kawinkidink Pocket Rocket.
We have worked hard alongside Sue Ludwig, Simone O Brien, Lin Hoare and Karyn Atkinson to have these beautiful little animals part of the MGBA.
It was an amazing feeling to be the organisers of the first ever Australian Pygmy goat show back in February 2015. Since then our little herd of amazing Australian Pygmy goats has grown and developed. We are so grateful to be foundation Australian Pygmy Goat breeders and can’t wait to see how the breed develops. Exciting times ahead!
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Karyn Atkinson at Kazoo Stud 2015
I am sure every miniature goat breeder out there has trawled the internet at some time pawing over the gorgeous pictures of Pygmy goats and Nigerian Dwarfs, wishing, you could have some of those please.
For me the Pygmy was the one! I just loved looking at all those beautiful pictures of them. Back in January 2012 there was a hint in the air that there would be some Pygmy semen coming into Australia, what excitement that caused!. However, nothing more was heard about it until I was invited to judge at the Berwick show- Victoria back in February 2014 where I met Sam Doyle-Cox the show manager and fellow Miniature Goat Breeder. Sam had come into contact with Paul Hamilton who had a display there at the Berwick show of some of his first 50% Pygmy doelings. Sam told me what she knew about the Pygmy's and Paul. So of course, I went and had a look at Paul's display, had a chat with him, my excitement just exploded, they were
finally here, Yesss!!!!!. I couldn't stop talking about them and bugged Sam to bug Paul to let us come and visit him so we could see the rest of his babies before I had to fly back to Queensland.
I thank both Sam and Paul for making that visit possible and I can tell you all, a lot of excited fast talking ensued about the Pygmy's that morning. I consider myself so lucky to have been allowed to purchased two 50% bucklings from Paul's precious
stock. Yippeee! Yahoooo! I say thank you to Paul Hamilton for "pig headedly" (as he put it) sticking to his dream and bringing the Pygmy to Australia.
I think all miniature goat breeders can only benefit from the genetics Paul is bringing in. I look forward, with great excitement, to watching what unfolds in the future and I can't wait to have more and more of those little "Pygmies" jumping around in my paddocks.
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