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.
There are a number of vacancies for show organisers to start next year, 2022. We are looking for enthusiastic people to take on the running of the pygmy goat section at the Smallholding show in Builth Wells in May and Frome show in September. This involves liaising with the show and taking entries to prepare a show schedule. Any help needed will be provided. Please contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested.
Fingers crossed there may be shows with pygmy goat classes in 2021 ! Click here for Agricultural Show Dates ! Many show societies are busy planning and hoping their events will be able to take place in the summer and early autumn. Some show dates have changed e.g. the Royal Cheshire Show is now planned to be a one day show on Saturday 31st July 2021. Stithians Agricultural Association is holding a Virtual/Photographic goat show which is open to the whole of the UK. Machen Agricultural Show is also holding an Online Photo Show and the Schedule can be downloaded here.
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 in 2020 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 .
Calling all 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 May 2021.
Stock up with Pygmy Goat Club jewellery, ties, jackets, fleeces, polo shirts and hoodies ! We also have books and mugs in the Shop .
Sadly the AGM has been cancelled once again. The committee's AGM reports will be published in 'Pygmy Goat Notes'. We hope everyone stays safe and well.
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