Guidelines for buyers.
GUIDELINES FOR BUYERS
- Do not be tempted to buy ‘on
impulse’ for whatever reason ! Begin by researching
the correct care of pygmy goats to ensure that you can
provide suitable accommodation etc For information on
care and management purchase a copy of the
Pygmy Goat booklet and/or DVD
before proceeding with any purchase.
- Remember that pygmy goats may live
for 12 -15 years of age or more and are therefore a
long term commitment.
- Decide whether you are interested
in keeping purely pet pygmies or perhaps might want to
breed at a later date. Might you want to exhibit your
goats ?. It is essential that you inform the breeder
-at the initial stage of enquiry -of what your
requirements are to avoid disappointment at a later
- Arrange to visit several breeders
before making a final decision on where to buy from.
Are you happy with the condition of the adult goats, do
they appear to be healthy and kept in a clean
environment ? Ask whether their goats are regularly
de-wormed and vaccinated. Does the breeder answer all
your questions and give you all the necessary
- MOST IMPORTANTLY – Never buy a
single goat. Goats are ‘herd’ animals and must have
company of their own kind. A single, lonely goat will
be noisy and unhappy.
- Pygmy goat kids should be at least
12 weeks old before leaving their mother. Do not agree
to collect kids until they reach this age. Check that
they have been de-wormed and vaccinated.
- Ask the breeder to give you a
demonstration of foot trimming. This will be invaluable
to you when you need to perform this yourself (roughly
every 4-6 weeks)
- If you are purchasing future
breeding stock MAKE SURE that they are (or will shortly
be) registered with the Pygmy Goat Club. Ask the
breeder/seller to show you the relevant registration
certificates. You will never be able to
register offspring from unregistered parents.
- DO NOT consider buying an ‘entire’
(un-castrated) male unless you have at least 5/6
females and a long-term breeding plan ! Entire males
are not suitable as pets. If you want pet pygmy goats
and are not interested in breeding then you should opt
for wethers (castrated males)
- Finally you should be fully aware
of the legal requirements
of owning goats. Before buying you must register
a Holding Number with
DEFRA. By law all goats must be ear-tagged
before being moved to a new holding.
- The Pygmy Goat Club has a list of
Regional Advisors who
are there to give advice on buying and all aspects of
keeping Pygmy Goats. If you have any questions and
cannot find the answer on this website please ASK !