Companions and Pets
Jim´s fascination with goats started when he met Coco, a Pygmy buck, while working part-time at Castle Gate Farm. Little did he know that Coco would be the start of a new business when Goat World was established. Soon after bringing Coco home, Jim purchased a small herd of does. Over time, the herd grew to over 30 does. The kids were marketed as pets, 4-H projects and companions for horses. Currently, we have 15 does and they are bred in September to give birth in February. Check our for sale page for available kids.
The Pygmy goat originated in Africa and was imported to the US in the 1950s. Pygmy goats are believed to be one of the earliest domesticated animals. The Pygmy is a miniature breed possessing a compact, well-muscled body. They stand between 15-20 inches tall at the shoulder and weigh less than 60 lbs.
Compared to other goat breeds, Pygmy goats require less space, eat less and are easier to handle. Their docile and affectionate temperament makes them an excellent family pet. They also make great companions for other animals, especially horses. The Pygmy goat's hair is straight and medium-long. It varies in density with seasons and climates. Pygmy goats come in a variety of colors. However, the standard animal should have muzzle, forehead, eyes and ears lighter than the dark part of the body. Hoofs are normally darker than the main body coat color.
Pygmy goats, unlike other breeds of goats will breed out of season. Therefore, they will often produce more than one kid crop per year. Gestation lasts approximately 151 days with most births occurring in the spring. Single births are common the first time, but after that twins or triplets are not uncommon. It is strongly recommended that females not be bred until they are at least one year of age. Earlier breeding can cause major problems to the female. The life-span of the Pygmy goat is usually from 10 to 15 years.
Here is a picture of one of our pygmy does born in 2005.