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
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
• 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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