Pygmy Goat Breeding

Pygmy Goat Breeding - Basic Steps You Need To Take If You Want to Breed Pygmy Goats Successfully

 

The Pygmy goat actually came from Africa; it was imported to the United States only in the 1950's. The Pygmy goat is one of the top choices for goat breeding. This is because this particular breed has a lot of appeal because of their smallness, hence their name. Although the Pygmy goat can produce a decent amount of milk given its diminutive size, this breed is often raised and bred for show purposes. Get ready to know the basic steps you need to take for successful Pygmy goat breeding.

1. Know your goat.

Yes, you know it's a Pygmy, but there are actually several types of this breed so you might want to brush up on your research. This way, you can better understand your goat and provide it with the kind of care it specifically needs. Let's take a look at the different types of Pygmy goats:

Caramel - This has a light coat that ranges from light brown to white. It normally carries dark stockings with white vertical stripes on the front.
Agouti - This has a dark coat that ranges from gray to black. Its stockings are distinctively darker than the rest of its body.
Black or Solid Black - This is unmistakably black all over, except sometimes around the eyes, nose, and ears.

2. Feed your goat right.

This is an essential part of Pygmy goat breeding. The Pygmy goat requires food that's rich in protein, such as alfalfa, clover, and soybean. It also needs food that's rich in carbohydrates, such as rolled grains and whole grains. Remember that this breed specially has to have Vitamins A and D, which can be found in green hay, green grass, and yellow corn.

3. Provide your goat with proper shelter.

It's not enough that you build your goat a pen-it must be a quality pen. The fencing must be tall enough in order to keep dogs and other threatening animals out. Don't use barbed wire as this could cause harm to your goat. Also, construct a pen that has a raised wooden platform on a concrete floor. Without this, your goat is likely to suffer acute hoof disorders.

4. Trim your goat's hooves.

Primary Pygmy goat breeding won't be complete without this. Did you know that most cases of splayed toes, foot rot or lameness are caused by untrimmed hooves? Hoof trimming must be performed at least once a month.

Remember that these are only the basics in Pygmy goat breeding. Learn more about your goat's needs to ensure its happiness and health. Good luck!

 


 

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