Pygmy goats are herding animals and do require company. Although they are healthy and hardy, a warm and dry shelter to protect them from the wind and rain will be necessary. Pygmy goats like to play and really enjoy climbing and jumping so enrichment should be provided.
A large garden or small field can be suitable for a couple of Pygmy goats, but ensure it is securely fenced.
They will need ad lib clean water and hay all year round and require daily feeding with a good quality goat mix. They browse rather than graze and are great for keeping the weeds down, but take care to remove poisonous plants from their land. Pygmy goats are not a dairy or commercial goat, but are lighter and easier to handle than the larger breeds.
- Each goat should have ear tags in both ears showing the herd number and the goat’s personal identification number.
- You will need a County Parish Holding/CPH number and herd number. These can easily obtained from your local DEFRA office. They are both a legal requirement even if you choose to just keep a couple of goats in your back garden.
- Movement forms are used for goat movement between holdings. If you decide to buy some goats from us we can provide the movement form for you.
- Feet trimming approximately every 6 to 8 weeks.
- Worming. Consult your vet for the correct wormer and dosage. Pygmy goats do need to be treated for internal parasites at least twice a year, normally in spring and autumn.
- Vaccination. You can either ask your vet to vaccinate your pygmy goats or buy the vaccination yourself. We use Lambivac.
- A mineral block should be provided that is suitable for goats, normally yellow.
- Legal requirements for keeping and moving goats can frequently change. Up to date information can be obtained from your local DEFRA office or the Pygmy Goat Club.
Please contact us as we are always happy to give further help and advice.