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    Important Notice
    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 jillozzie@icloud.com 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.

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    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 editor@pygmygoatclub.org.uk . 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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Welcome

Welcome to the official website of the Pygmy Goat Club of Great Britain. This is the main hub of information for anyone interested in the wonderful pygmy goat. Whether a pet keeper, breeder or exhibitor, this website aims to assist, educate and provide contact details for the PGC officers and advisors.  If you cannot find what you are looking for here, or have suggestions for improvements or additions please contact us - click here.


Featured Article

A Beginners Guide to Kidding

Assuming that you are a 'responsible' goat owner, you will have waited patiently until your female was at least 18 months old before mating her to your chosen male. Read More  >>>>

About The Club

The PGC was formed in 1982 to protect the interests and improve the status of pygmy goats in Great Britain. Membership offers the opportunity to:
  • Obtain and exchange information via the quarterly magazine “PYGMY GOAT NOTES", the PGC website and social media forums. 
  • Register herd names; enter Pygmy Goats in the PGC Pet Record; enter qualifying goats in the PGC Herd Book.
  • Attend PGC meetings and exhibit at shows.
  • Have a voice in the affairs of the PGC and take an active part in protecting and promoting Pygmy Goats in the United Kingdom

 

PGC Code of Conduct

As a member of the Pygmy Goat Club, I agree:
  • To abide by the rules of the Club.
  • To always behave ethically and present a positive image of the Club.
  • To consider the welfare of my goats and the best interests of the breed above any personal gain or profit.
  • To be honest in advertising and record-keeping/registration of stock.
  • To familiarize myself with the Pygmy Goat Breed Standard and to use it as a guide in breeding and evaluating pygmy goats.

                                                                                                                   

                                             A Beginners Guide to Kidding by Hilary Breakell

                                                                                     

Assuming that you are a ‘responsible’ goat owner, you will have waited patiently until your female was at least 18 months before mating her to your chosen male.

If you have your own male he should ideally be housed separately from the females. It is NOT good management to allow a male to run with your females as this could result in immature females being mis-mated and possibly twice yearly kiddings - aside from the fact that you will not have a clue when the females are due to give birth.

Throughout the first 3 ½ months of the pregnancy the female can be treated exactly the same as before.
If your goats are fed ‘communally’ you should make sure that all are receiving their fair share, it is very common for a dominant wether or older female to poach food from any lower down the pecking order, so you should provide your pregnant goat with her own safe feeding area. If your goats are housed in a group you will need to prepare a separate pen for her as kidding date approaches. After around 3½ months you could gradually increase her concentrate ration up to but no more than double her usual amount (quantity depends on which feed you use and whether she was scanned as carrying a single or multiple kids)  
About a month prior to kidding you should vaccinate her (Lambivac is the recommended vaccine) to ensure that the kid/s receive adequate protection against Tetanus and Entero-toxaemia for the first 8 weeks of life.  Thereafter the kids must be vaccinated themselves. Your female should have been drenched with a de-wormer (anthelmintic) prior to mating and she will need to be drenched again a few days after kidding when her resistance will be low and therefore vulnerable to worms. You should not try to trim her feet in the later stages of pregnancy – keep stress levels to a minimum. Personally I don’t agree with heavily pregnant goats being transported either. A few weeks before her due date, which you should have calculated as 150 days from service, you should give her pen a thorough clean. Do not leave her water bucket on the floor of the pen – it has been known for newborn kids to drop into it and drown ! For safeties sake, raise the bucket so that she can just get her chin into it.. From about 10 days before her due date you must keep a close watch on her, checking for physical signs of impending labour. I say from 10 days because pygmy females rarely go the full 150 days (within 143 to 157 days is considered ‘’normal’)
In the 24 hours prior to giving birth the females’ udder will fill with colostrum (thick creamy milk containing vital antibodies for the kid/s) and you may notice that the teats look shiny and full. Another sign to look for is the slackening of the muscles on the rump – either side of the spine. Aside from the physical changes you may also notice her pawing at the bedding (nestbuilding) perhaps being more ‘talkative’ than usual, sometimes the female may turn her head and appear to talk to her side. I find that appetite is rarely lost during the kidding process!

The Birth

As the cervix begins to dilate the female will lose a thick, whitish mucus ‘plug’ and with each contraction you may notice her body stiffen, some females stretch out and dip their backs, certainly she will look uncomfortable (watch her ears go back) Once the kid begins to enter the birth canal, the cervix being fully dilated, the female will begin to ‘strain’ with each contraction – the typical position is lying down on one side with one hind leg outstretched, but some females prefer to stand through the whole process ! The water bag, or amniotic sac to give it its proper name, is usually preceded by a thick, clear discharge. If all is going correctly, after a while you will see the white tips of the two hooves inside the water bag closely followed by the nose resting on top (usually with tongue out !)

At this point I should add that by this stage the female is usually quite vocal, much as if she were being murdered I always think! If you have close neighbours it might be advisable to pre-warn them that they may hear some louder bleating. I find that the older, more experienced females tend to confine themselves to just a single yell when the crown of the head emerges. As this happens the water bag may burst (if not before) Often the goat will think that once the head is out the kid is born and will get up, turn around, and look for the baby. She might want to lick up any amniotic fluid before the next contraction comes. Another couple of pushes and the kid should be born. Your very first job is to ensure that the nose and mouth are clear of mucus so that it can breath. In preparation for the kidding, you should have gathered together a few items and have them ‘at hand’. Some old towels and something to either dip or spray the freshly broken umbilical cord with (to prevent infection) If your goat is a first kidder I would advise you not to interfere too soon, let her talk to the kid and get the hang of cleaning it up so that she bonds with it.

Don’t rush to take over the cleaning/drying process until she has done her share. If there is a second kid, it usually arrives within 20-30 minutes of the first and while ‘mum’ is busy with the second kid you can give the first one a gentle rub with the towel and spray its cord then swap them over. If the weather is very cold it helps to get the kid/s dried off as quickly as possible. Some new ‘mums’ will refuse to lick the baby (what IS this yukky stuff !) and so you will need to do the job for her, if you don’t, the next morning it will look like someone dropped it in a bucket of glue! Once you are sure that all is well you can then clean up the bedding and top up with fresh straw and then get ‘mum’ a drink of warm water (to replace the body temperature she has just lost through giving birth) Some people put a bit of glucose (or molasses) in the water as an energy boost but don’t overdo do it as it can cause diarrhea if the goat isn’t used to it.

Similarly, some people feed a warm bran mash after kidding but if your goat isn’t used to it she might turn her nose up at it (mine aren’t keen) Before leaving the happy family in peace, you must make sure that the kid/s have found the ‘milk bar’ This is especially important with a first kidder who may be touchy around her udder and back away every time the baby gets near it. It may be necessary to gently hold her while the kid goes in search of its first meal. Don’t assume when you hear the kid sucking that it has latched on – it might be sucking on mums’ hair – so make sure that you SEE it feeding. Finally, don’t be alarmed at the passing of the placenta (afterbirth) which may take several hours to come away (never pull it) If you are there when it drops, you should remove it and dispose of it, otherwise the female might try to eat it and could choke on it, as I know from experience ! So that’s it ! Your much awaited ‘patter of tiny hooves’ has arrived safely - now you’ll never get any work done !


GDPR STATEMENT

A new data protection law is coming into force on 25th May. We want to make sure that you know what data we hold and how we use it. Below you will find a statement about what we’re doing to ensure that we comply with the new General Data Protection Regulations.

Information Collection
Previously you have supplied us with your contact details in order to subscribe as a member or members of the Pygmy Goat Club, to register goats in the Herd Book, to record goats in the Pet Record, to transfer the ownership of goats and to receive copies of our quarterly magazine ‘Pygmy Goat Notes’. The personal identification information you have supplied is:

  • Name
  • Address
  • Telephone Number
  • Email Address
  • Holding Number
  • Date of Birth (Juniors Only)

The Pygmy Goat Club collects Date of Birth for under 16s to confirm Junior Membership status and Date of Birth is not saved on the database.

Members have the option to create an account by requesting a User Id to access the Members Login on the Pygmy Goat Club website and this is password protected.

We do not collect any personal information on visitors to our website who do not create an account with us.

The Pygmy Goat Club does not collect any non-business-related data or sensitive personal data from visitors to our website.

During shows and events, we may take photographs of the participants and their goats. We will be seeking permission from you to use these images.

Purpose and Use
The Pygmy Goat Club may process your information for direct mailing purposes in the legitimate interest of itself and members e.g. sending membership renewal reminders, communicating about a goat related issue e.g. Johnes disease, updating members in connection with a Pygmy Goat Club event, or making contact about a specific member query. Regional advisors may use the information to contact individuals regarding events within their region. The Pygmy Goat Club may use your photograph in printed publications including those produced for promotional purposes, on our respective websites and social media pages, in local newspapers and in television reports on media websites.

Time Frame
The Pygmy Goat Club endeavours to provide the most accurate information possible. Therefore, we seek to re-verify the accuracy of all of the information on an ongoing basis and we check contact details annually. We do this by requesting contact information at annual renewal. Data that is found to be inaccurate, out of date or not supplied is updated or removed from the database.

Access and Opt-Out Rights
With respect to the information the Pygmy Goat Club possesses about you, you have the rights of access, rectification, erasure, and restriction. You also have the right to object to processing. You may exercise any of these rights by contacting the Club’s Secretary at the addresses shown in the quarterly magazine ‘Pygmy Goat Notes’ or on the website www.pygmygoatclub.org.uk . You may request access to the information we have about you. You may also request the correction, amendment, or deletion of any information about you that is inaccurate, and you may request for you information to be deleted. The Pygmy Goat Club will treat requests for access, correction, amendment, or deletion of information in accordance with its internal policies and applicable legal requirements. If you feel that we have not complied with your requests, you have the right to lodge a complaint with the appropriate supervisory authority.

Information Security
The Pygmy Goat Club maintains suitable safeguards, including reasonable physical, administrative and technical safeguards to protect its database from unauthorized access, disclosure, alteration or destruction.

Changes to This Privacy Statement
The Pygmy Goat Club reserves the right to change this privacy statement and will publish a revised privacy policy that reflects such changes as required by law.

Questions
If you have any questions regarding this statement, please review our privacy policy at www.pygmygoatclub.org.uk  or contact the Club’s Secretary at the addresses shown in the quarterly magazine ‘Pygmy Goat Notes’ or on the website www.pygmygoatclub.org.uk .

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