Often, people assume that
raising pygmy goats would be an arduous task. They consider this
breed rather dainty and frail, but that is actually the farthest
thing from the truth. Pygmy goats are as hardy as their larger
counterparts. And despite their miniature stature, these animals
can be raised for meat, milk and fiber. Nowadays, more and more
people are raising pygmy goats as pets. Taking care of these
animals can be simplified if you follow a few basic guidelines,
1. Make sure that you have a good "stock" before you start any
breeding program. Raising pygmy goats means breeding healthy
does with healthy bucks. For this, you would need to study
meticulously each potential breeder to see what desirable traits
these animals might have. For example: goats with heavy body
builds are excellent for producing meat. Goats that produce
large volumes of milk and those that have denser coats are also
favorable as milk and fiber producers, respectively. When it
comes to raising pygmy goats as pets, you need to choose the
more mild-mannered creatures.
2. Establishing the right feeds and the recommended volume of
food should be done under the supervision of the veterinarian.
Like all goat breeds, pygmy goats will gorge themselves whenever
they can. But overweight livestock are not only unproductive,
but tipping the scales can also affect their health
considerably. And for this kind of small breed, being overweight
can lead to a lot of medical complications like poor bones,
constricted lungs and mastitis: a potentially disastrous
condition when gas from eating too many grain-based food items
can lead to intestinal infection.
If possible, try to keep the pygmy goats on a fresh diet of
greens or plant based food items like fresh shrub leaves, tree
bark, fruits, vegetables and pulp. Supplementing their diet with
vitamins and minerals could be done through the formulated feeds
that are available in goat supplies stores.
3. Pygmy goats would need more grooming that their larger
counterparts. This is especially true if you are marketing the
animals as pets or as fiber producers. Grooming would include
regularly brushing their coats with a good bristled brush
(similar to horse grooming brushes,) and trimming their hooves
every month (or every 4 to 5 weeks.) A regular grooming schedule
also helps keep parasites away, and prevent foot rot and splayed
4. Lastly, it is essential that you provide your pygmy goats
clean drinking water always. These animals are rather fussy with
their drink, and are very unlikely to touch contaminated,
discolored or mossy water. If these animals do not have a good
water source, their health suffers visibly, causing their coats
to become lank. In some cases, the goats would refuse food until
they get their clean water.
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