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the pygmy goat club of ireland

 
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owl chick



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 26, 2016 7:47 pm    Post subject: the pygmy goat club of ireland  Reply with quote

hi, i have been appointed the regional advisory officer for THE PYGMY GOAT CLUB OF IRELAND,   for the wexford ,an north wicklow areas.
if you want to join the club, or want your goats registered an micro chipped, or want advice, feel free to contact me
pearl.keating@gmail.com
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owl chick



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PostPosted: Thu Apr 28, 2016 4:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

is there anyone on here ,that has/breeds pygmy goats ?
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Patcon



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PostPosted: Sun Jul 02, 2017 3:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I see one of the rescue centres has pygmies looking for homes. I'm interested, but all of my place is not fenced in, and what I would do is have the goat loose for half the day, and pegged on a long line for the other half. Loads of space, and a woods and field beside me I can use also. It worked fine when I had sheep-in fact it kept it interesting for them because they were moved around so much. Its how we kept our two goats when we were children-but I'm interested in your opinion-do you think its feasible?
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owl chick



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PostPosted: Sun Jul 02, 2017 7:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

hi.
we do not recommend tethering of goats, especially pygmys.
goats need to be in pairs ,as they are a herd animal.
you really need a good fenced in area ,if you intend keeping goats the right way, they are also browsers, not grazers, so would prefair rough grass areas an lots of weeds an brambles.
They need a shelter, as they dont have a waterproof coat, they will need hay an hard feed in the winter.
What rescue center has pygmys?, as most of these places wouldnt know a pure pygmy.
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Patcon



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PostPosted: Sun Jul 02, 2017 7:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry I forgot to say i would be looking for two goats. Lots of brambles and ivy provided and we are in the process of building a walk in chicken coop with stabling attached, which is why I haven't gotten any goats yet. I initially wanted something I could milk, but as there seemed to be so many pygmies and males looking for homes I thought it would be better to get them. The pygmys I saw were on two FB pages, Littlehill I think was one, there was also farm who were slaughtering about thirty male kids and they were taken from there. It was a month or so ago- and they did say there would be more. I'm guessing theres no market for male goat until a meat market develops here.
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owl chick



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PostPosted: Sun Jul 02, 2017 11:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

those are not pygmys, they are sanaan, all males are sold for meat/pets.
if you do go for males, i would recommend you get them castrated, as full males can be dangerous in rut.
an also make chicken fencing secure, cause goats will go through flimsy wire if they think they can get at hen food, which can give goats bloat, an sometimes cause death.
i would probably sort your hens out first, an then secure a place for the goats.
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wayland



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PostPosted: Mon Jul 03, 2017 8:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Owl Chick. I have kept Goats for many years but never Pygmies. I do see many at shows throughout the year, and am curious to ask. Is there more to them than just pets? I ask this as one who keeps goats for meat and milk.

Cheers.
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owl chick



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PostPosted: Mon Jul 03, 2017 10:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

hi wayland
They are mostly pets an show goats, but its the proper standard we are trying to achieve, as there is so much rubbish out there.
there are so many so called pygmys for sale, an have so many faults its unreal, because no one has told people any different, for example - pure white is not excepted, nor is swiss marking on the face (white stripes down by eye), an yet we see these goats sold as breeding animals!
For someone interested in getting a pure pygmy, i would recommend they contact me, or one of our club members, to find out more.
we have a website www.thepygmygoatclubofireland.com
an a facebook page thepygmygoatclubofireland.
we register those that pass assessment, an microchip.
sorry for the long reply to your question.
ps, what shows have you seen them at?
we show at both trim shows, tullow, we are trying to get into more.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 03, 2017 11:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Owlchick, I am aware of the dangers of an uncastrated male. They couldn't access the food when my hens are at present-we are just upscaling a little hence the new arrangements. We have been debating getting a goat for past two years-so not something we are entering in to lightly
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wayland



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PostPosted: Mon Jul 03, 2017 4:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Owl Chick. We are just back from the UK and went to a few small shows while over there. You obviously know what is a true Pygmy and what is not. Not so myself. They do seem to be cropping up more at shows these days. Even Done Deal. My question was more about self sufficiency than producing show animals. It occurred to me that a stocky small goat may have place as a meat animal. No offence intended. Will you be at the Rathangan show Co Wexford?
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owl chick



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PostPosted: Mon Jul 03, 2017 7:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Patcon, good that you are doing your research, a lot dont.


wayland.
sorry ,went off a bit there,lol.
yes pygmys are a meat goat an the nigerian (finer body) is a milk goat, we dont have the latter here, its mostly in america.
i wont be at bannow with goats, as they never got back to me on either putting classes on for us ,or showcasing the club.
in a lot of agri shows, goats are an after thought unfortunetely
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 04, 2017 6:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry, but not surprised to hear that Owl Chick. It will be our loss I am sure. Good luck.

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