Breeding Pygmy Goats - Easy Steps To Help You Start Raising
Goat breeding is an endeavor commonly
practiced for milk and meat production. Compared to other livestock
farming, it entails a smaller investment because of the low
acquisition costs of the goats, the facilities and maintenance. This
article will show straightforward steps in
breeding Pygmy goats.
A Pygmy goat is a small type of goat common referred as a dwarf
because of their miniscule size compared to an average goat. This goat
has its origins from West Africa's Cameroon Valley. In 1950, the Pygmy
was initially imported to the United States for zoo and research
purposes. Eventually, they were bought by private individuals and
became famous for their docility and friendliness making them good
house and zoo pets.
A good thing in breeding Pygmy breeds is that they are highly
polyestrous unlike other dairy and meat goats. This implies that they
could breed continually all year round. They are considered to be very
robust as far as their anatomy and high adaptive characteristics are
concerned. Their anatomy will show that they have a unique feature
called "thurl" and a feature common to other animals like the dew
The goal of breeding Pygmy breeds is not just producing high
quantities of goats but also quality. It is better to have a few high
quality Pygmy goats then have many weak ones.
Breeding Pygmy goats is divided into two parts: breeding the doe and
breeding the buck. For the doe, a date within the year must be chosen
for the doe to deliver the baby. Unlike other goat breeds, Pygmy goats
can breed all throughout the year. This implies that summer or winter
kids could be produced. The gestation period of Pygmy goats run from
145 to 153 days.
It must be ensured that the doe is at the right age for breeding; that
is, at least a year old. Breeding Pygmy goats before a year can ruin
their growth and can result to birth defects. The Pygmy doe must be in
perfect shape when pregnant; an overly thin or fat Pygmy goat will
hamper pregnancy. Salt must be accessible to Pygmy does during
breeding. As the pregnancy matures, does must be fed with half a pound
of grain per day. After delivery, this dosage has to be increased.
Next comes the buck. The Pygmy bucks must be separated from the does
if they are not being bred. Keeping them with the does could result to
their indocility and aggressiveness. Prior to breeding Pygmy goats,
the bucks must be in good condition. The breeding process may be
stressful for them that their eating appetites and weight will
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