The new pygmy goat society that has been recently set up has no connection whatsoever with the Pygmy Goat Club which remains, as it always has been since its foundation in 1982, the official body for the breed in Great Britain. The Club manages the only recognized registration system for pedigree Pygmy Goats.
If you keep goats in England, Scotland, Northern Ireland & Wales it's time to think about completing your annual sheep and goat inventory. You may receive a letter or an email and it may be worth checking your junk/spam mail if you haven’t received anything in time for the following dates. In England the survey date is 1st December and the deadline for completion of the inventory is 31 December 2020. In Scotland the Annual Sheep and Goat Inventory normally takes place as of 2nd December. In Northern Ireland DAERA Sheep and Goats Annual Inventory Cards are normally completed between 1st and 5th December for return by 5th January. The survey date in Wales is usually 1st January with letters and emails sent out in December.
Lost/Stolen Pygmy Goats 10.12.20 Harvel near Meopham, Kent, mainly white female kid with one white horm and black love heart on front right leg.
Pygmy Goat Buyers and Sellers - Coronavirus During the coronavirus pandemic there has been an increased demand for pygmy goats especially as they are increasingly portrayed as 'cute' or 'the new dog' and prices of puppies have soared. Despite the impression sometimes given in social media, especially in posts from the USA, pygmy goats are kept in a stable, barn or large shed and NOT kept inside homes. Pygmy goats are herd animals and at least two pygmy goats need to be kept together. Pygmy goats will be ready to leave their mother when they are no longer dependent on milk and are eating hay and other fibre, browse and hard feed, which is normally around 12-14 weeks of age. Pygmy goats are NOT bottle fed away from their mother except in rare circumstances as this can sadly result in distress, illness and death. In the UK all pets are covered by the Animal Welfare Act 2006 and pygmy goats are also covered by Livestock regulations and there are legal requirements in England, Scotland, Wales & Ireland e.g. CPH number, Herd Mark and Movement Licence.
Under the Animal Welfare Act 2006 a pet owner has a legal duty to ensure the welfare of their animal[s]. A pet's welfare needs include a proper diet, somewhere suitable to live, any need to be housed with, or apart from, other animals, allowing animals to express normal behaviour, free from pain, suffering, injury and disease.
Beware Facebook SCAMS ! e.g. someone asking you to pay a deposit before you visit the breeder or seller to look at pygmy goats. Check the seller is located in the UK ! Look in the PGC Breeders' List to find a breeder in your area, read Guidelines for Buyers and contact the PGC Regional Advisors for your area.
There were no agricultural shows this year but take a look at photos of the winners of the PGC Photo Show 2020 ! Congratulations to all entrants as the standard was extremely high, and many thanks to Sharon Davies who had the very difficult task of judging.
There is a vacancy for the PGC Committee post of Treasurer. One of three roles open for election in 2020, the Treasurer role has become vacant as Tim Bee has been co-opted to the position of Editor. Would any member like to join the Committee as Treasurer ? If so please contact PGC Secretary Wendy Kinsey .
Prize for the best design ! Calling all junior artists, send us your designs for the front cover of the December issue of 'Pygmy Goat Notes'. Also budding writers of ALL ages ! Tell us about your 'garden' goats or your herd in 'Pygmy Goat Notes'. See your goat story, experiences and tips in print. Send all designs, articles and advertisements to email@example.com . The copy date for the next issue is 6th November 2020.
Stock up for Christmas with Pygmy Goat Club jewellery, ties, jackets, fleeces, polo shirts and hoodies ! We also have books and mugs in the Shop .
Sadly this years' AGM has been cancelled once again and is now planned to be held in April 2021 at Bank House Hotel, Bransford, Worcester, WR6 5JB. The committee's AGM reports are published in the September issue of 'Pygmy Goat Notes'. We hope everyone stays safe and well and look forward to seeing as many members as possible in April.
Pygmy Goat Keeping - by Pat Mercer, 2018.
£8.00 + £2.00 p&p
Available from :
Mrs. W. Kinsey
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