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Pygmy Goats- Pet breed -

Welcome to the world of the Pygmy Goat.

It is a recomendation that Pygmy goats should have their percentages listed when advertised or promoted.

Does (Females) Purebred American Pygmy Goats

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RSA Brittster
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RSA Ramona
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Bucks (males) Wether (desexed male) Purebred American Pygmy Goats


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Please note that the above pictures are of full blood American Pygmy Goats the MGBA have kindly been given permission to use by Rainbowsprings Acres and Winding Creek Farm. In Australia we use the semen from the American breed below crossed with our Australian Miniature Goat and breed our percentages up to as close to purebred of the American as we can with minor changes to our breed standards to fit in with the goats beings used in the genetic recovery programs. The amazing colour variations we have been able to produce when the pygmy genetics are mixed with Aussie Minis have been extremely spectacular.

The Pygmy Goat is recognised as;

Full blood 100% – derived from overseas purebred Pygmy goats as embryos, born in Australia or from imported semen;
Herd book – 15/16 ( min 93.75%) animals derived from the use of overseas Full blood Pygmy semen or Australian Pygmy Herd book parentage and;
Genetic Recovery (GR) Pygmy stock less than 15/16ths (93.75%) percentage of Pygmy Full blood or Pygmy Herd book parentage.

Pygmy Goat - A Full blood animal is imported as an embryo and will be acknowledged as such - true American stock.

Australian Pygmy Goat- Are those that have been bred up through a grading system to MGBA recognised Full blood stock/semen (by percentage). Grading up via this process will never give a 100% equal to a full blood as they will also carry other bloodlines (regardless of the smallest percentage).

The American Pygmy goat is slightly different to the African Pygmy goat. The Australian Pygmy goat will be slightly different again (coat, colour/markings, eyes, polled).Animals are being called Australian because they are also born and, other than embryos, bred in Australia.


About The Breed

Origin: Pygmy goats seen in America originated in the Cameroon Valley of West Africa and are also known as Cameroon Dwarf Goat. They were exported from Africa to zoo's around the world and later arrived in America in the1950's from Sweden listed as an "Exotic" animal to a private family the "Rhue's". They quickly became the talk of the times and the public fell in love with these cute little goats. The first offspring were shared with zoos and documented to be sold to medical and science researchers as well as some private sales to wealthy enthusiasts. The Pygmy Goat is now bred by many studs today around the world with two distinct Pygmy breeds the American Pygmy and the African Pygmy being the more common ones. Within these breeds there is the original Pygmy Goat and a newer revised concept of what the breed should look like some breeders are working towards. http://kinne.net/styles.htm. Pygmy Goats have been kept for meat and milk as well as pets.
Previous to 2013 Australia has not been able to import the genetics but through the hard work and tenacity of Paul Hamilton, the American Pygmy genetics has been successfully imported via semen. The MGBA has with the approval of members made the alterations necessary for Semen to be used in genetic recovery programs with existing breeds in Australia.

Temperaments: Unique Friendly personalities with an active nature.

Uses: Predominately a pet breed. They make great pets for all ages from the elderly to the very young. Each goat has a different personality which makes them a great pet. Goat manure is very high in nitrogen, and is great for the garden. Pygmy Goats make great companion animals and can be kept with horses, cattle, sheep, alpacas and many more species. Miniature Goats run on land that is often steep or not accessible to larger animals and they are often used to control weeds and over grown bush land. Pygmy Goats can be milked. Goats milk is a natural alternative to cow milk and can comfortably be consumed by many people who suffer from cow milk allergies or sensitivity.

Suitability: The Pygmy Goat has an beautiful temperament making the breed suitable for pets for young and old alike.

Life span: 10–15 years

Breeding: Paired from 12 to 18 months of age for the first time. Gestation is 145 to 153 days. Some does have been k nown to kid from 142 days. Pygmy does can have 1 to 4 kids.

Price: Pygmy Goats are only new to Australia with only a few breeders obtaining access to genetics. Goats are individually priced by studs.

Females (Does) POA
Intact Males (Bucks) POA
De sexed males ( Wethers) POA

Recommendations: The MGBA recommends that buyers purchase at least 2 goats. Goats are a herd animal and require same species to live happy and healthy lives as well as being able to be trouble free pets.

Registration: Full a full run down on registration requirements for this breed please see the MGBA registry web site Pygmy Page.

Pictures below are Australian Pygmy goats born from American semen into existing Australian Breeds.















The Standard of Excellence Of The Australian Pygmy Goat

Behavior/Temperament: Unique Friendly personalities with an active nature.

General Appearance: The Australian Pygmy Goat is genetically and characteristically a small, compact, wide, cobby, full barrelled, well-muscled large body in proportion to size of animal with disproportionately large circumference, short heavy boned legs. Shorter height is the primary breed characteristic of the pygmy goat.

Body: The Australian Pygmy Goat is characteristically a small, compact, wide, cobby, full barrelled, well-muscled large body in proportion to size of animal with disproportionately large circumference, short heavy boned legs.

Head and ears: Small head relative to body length. A relatively wide muzzle,with even bite and broad lips. Bright eyes set well apart. Any eye colour is accepted Medium length erect ears. Neatly disbudded, dehorned and polled accepted. The neck must blend smoothly into all body junctions, feminine in does and masculine in bucks, showing appropriate muscling.

Colour: All colours accepted. Solid, agouti and caramel body with dark points - with muzzle, crown, eyes and ears accented with intermingled white (roan) hair preferred, optional white patches / belly bands on barrel between point of elbow and stifle joint - distinct uniform pygmy markings preferred.

Coat: Full straight coat. Bucks with full beard and copious draping mane

Size: Purebred Adult females (36mths) not exceeding 57cm, adult males (36mths) not exceeding 60cm in height, measured at the wither.
Fourth cross (15/16) = 93.75% Herd book - Adult does not exceeding 57.0cm (24mths). Adult Bucks not exceeding 60.0cm at 3yrs.
Third cross (7/8) = 87.5% Purebred - Adult does not exceeding 57.0cm at 3yrs. Adult bucks not exceeding 60.0cm at 3yrs.
Second cross (3/4) = 75% - Adult does should not exceed 58.5cm at 3yrs. Adult bucks should not exceed 61.0cm at 3yrs.
First cross (1/2) = 50% - Adult does should not exceed 59.7cm at 3yrs. Adult bucks should not exceed 62.2cm at 3yrs.

Reproductive system:

Does:
Udder should be moderately deep, proportionately wide and capacious in relation to the size of the doe. Udder should be balanced and tightly attached, soft and pliable, blending smoothly as viewed from the side and the rear. Teats proportionally shaped and evenly sized.

Bucks: Must have two evenly placed rudimentary teats and a full, well attached, relatively even, appropriately sized scrotum and two evenly sized testicles. Sheath clean.

Disqualifying faults:- overshot/undershot jaw (>10mm); obviously twisted jaw; retained testicle/s; pendulous ears.


Grading of the Pygmy Goat


4TH CROSS - HERDBOOK


(15/16) = 93.75% Herd book,
Adult does not exceeding 57.0cm. Adult bucks and wethers not exceeding 60.0cm at 3yrs.
Animals must have one registered FB / HB parent, and one registered 87.5% parent and conform to breed type of parents.

DNA REQUIRED -DNA verified against Fullblood parent’s DNA record(s).
ANIMAL MUST BE MICROCHIPED

 


THIRD CROSS-PUREBRED


(7/8) = 87.5% Purebred
Adult does not exceeding 57.0cm at 3yrs. Adult bucks and wethers not exceeding 60.0cm at 3yrs.
Animals must have one registered FB / HB parent, and one registered 75% parent and must conform to breed type of parents.

DNA REQUIRED - DNA verified against Fullblood parent’s DNA record(s).
ANIMAL MUST BE MICROCHIPED

 


SECOND CROSS


(3/4) = 75%
Adult does should not exceed 58.5cm at 3yrs. Adult bucks and wethers should not exceed 61.0cm at 3yrs.
Animals must have one registered FB / HB parent, and one registered 50% parent.

DNA REQUIRED - DNA verified against Fullblood parent’s DNA record(s).
ANIMAL MUST BE MICROCHIPED

 


FIRST CROSS


.First cross (1/2) = 50%
Adult does should not exceed 59.7cm at 3yrs. Adult bucks and wethers should not exceed 62.2cm at 3yrs.
Animals must have one registered Full blood (FB) or Herd book (HB) parent.

DNA REQUIRED -DNA verified against Fullblood parent’s DNA record(s).
ANIMAL MUST BE MICROCHIPED

 

Animals with 12.5% and under genetics will be entered into the Australian Miniature Goat registry.  
DNA REQUIRED -DNA verified against Fullblood parent’s DNA record(s).

 

Showing

- For exhibiting purposes, animals must conform to the breed type to be shown in that breed type.

- Animals cannot be shown in more than one breed type.

- MGBA will allocate classes to cater for all breed types and breeds will be shown independently of each other with champions of all age groups and breed types coming together at the end of the show to challenge for the prestigious award of Best Exhibit in show.

Artificial Insemination Technician

Australian Pygmy (Breed importer) Paul Hamilton, Berwick, 3806, 0414881408, Email

 

 


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