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Navajo Churro Sheep, Scottish Highland Cattle, Pygmy Goats, Guinea Fowl and more

Why do we have Pygmy Goats?

  ** We SOLD THE FARM ** as of June 2016 - we no longer have animals for sale -- this web site is here for information ONLY .. 

 

 

I have been asked time and time again; "Why do we have Pygmy Goats" and "How did we decide on this particular breed".

From the beginning it was a funny story.  When we moved to our property,  goats and sheep were the furthest thing from our minds.  

 

Glenn said "No Sheep; I'm not shearing another one ever" and "No Goats,  I won't have them jumping on the pick up and tractor".  But as we talked about the idea; his knowledge of goats came from the child hood memories of the goats near the school in their little town in South Dakota.  The goats he remembered were tall and long legged like Nubian's  or Toggs and climbing on litterally everything!  

 

When we traded off a Dahl Sheep Ram that he had aquired for a pair of bred Pygmy Goat Does he was not really sure that this was a good idea; but they are small, not able to jump onto the hood of a pick up as easily as those in his child hood and seemed to be fairly easy to handle. 

 We knew that we didn't want a dairy breed to milk and we didn't need fiber breed for weaving and all of the meat breeds were just too big for us.

 

After a few years having goats in the pasture we began to notice that there are very few sand burs <a grass like weed the produces a seed for the devil>.   The goats seem to like the sweet/tart taste when the plant is young and not in bloom, so before we knew it we made plans to try and control the weeds and plants with animals rather then chemicals.  

 

We added the new building in a pasture that has become the area primarily for the Navajo Churro sheep and we are going to test and record our observations of the sand bur's by grazing the area with our African goats and Navajo sheep in 2012 in hopes that it is not just our imagination.

Aside from that their loving and respectful nature is something I personally have fallen in love with.

In a nut shell there you have it.  Cute weed control with great personalities and we love our fat little Pygmy Goats!. 

 

Not too big,

Not too small,

Not too pushy..... They're Just Right!!

It was brought to my attention at a show that our goats can't be pygmy because of the colors.  How ever in the narrow eyes of the association with their limits on all things to be judged, our goats may not fit the perfect outline in thier book of standards but world wide they are pygmy goats.  

 

Our goats are small, some skirted, some fuzzy and some short haired and they are referred to as pygmy because they are small in stature, fat around the middle and cobby with heavy bones and large features.  

http://www.pygmygoatclub.org/default.htm small colorful and packed full of personality.  Only the US has placed a box around these adorable and fun loving goats. 

Each year is different - 2013 was our last

In years past we have had as many as 65 goats.   Call us crazy but we really LOVE our Pygmies. 

 

Our former lead Buck; Gunner from years past has been replaced.  Gunner was sold to another breeder across the state after covering our girls for the last time in 2011. His legacy will live on here for sure as several of his girls have been retained for future production.

 

The new blood in the meadow are two bucks that are sure to offer some really nice kids to select from for many years to come.  

 

 

 We are proud to have our first Regisitered two time Grand Champion show buck now as our lead buck.  ( He looks big but he's not)

McLovin  is a kind, sweet and very solid built buck.   Pictured here as you can see he has rubbed the hair from his face while in the rut.  But as the spring of 2013 has finally arrived, he is beginning to hair up again and is showing his white crest on the forehead.  New photo's will be a must.

McLovin is from Utah and new to the cold winters of Nebraska.  But he is sure to offer up some very nice babies each season that he is here.

Also new to the place is a Non-Registerd Silky buck names Valentino, we call him Vinney. 

Vinney is from Iowa and is considered a miniture Silk.  Very small and as you can see very long silk like hair rather then the typical short fur.

He was allowed to cover a select number of specific does for 2013 and already many of those adorable babies have been spoken for. SUPER CUTIES.  I just love the long hair look!

                                             

Something you need to know before you plan to buy from us. 

We raise our goats as pets and weed eaters mostly.

 

What you choose to do with them once they leave our property is entirely up to you.

 

Our mothers do the job of nurturing and the herd does the job of teaching.  They need to know that they are goats and not dogs.

 

Every year we are asked to sell one or more of our kids as bottle babies.  I am not sorry to say this; we do not offer bottle babies unless it is absolutely necessary. 

 

Bottle babies are only offered as a result of the loss of a doe at birth (which has never happened here), a doe rejects her kids, if a kid is born too weak to stay with the mother or a multiple birth of over 3 at which time one would be offered to save the others..  

 

Our goats are left as natural as possible, we do not offer dehorning or disbudding.  Dehorning or disbuding will not be performed on our property.  If you wish to have the horns removed then you will have to wait until they are weaned and you take them to your vet.

 

Thank you 

 

Basic History of the Pygmy Goats

From Oklahoma State University site - The Pygmy Goat was originally called the Cameroon Dwarf Goat. The goat is mostly restricted to the West African countries. Similar forms of Pygmy goats also occur in all of northern Africa, in the south western African countries, and also in east Africa. However, what we call the Cameroon Dwarf goat is the one that we are concerned with and have in the United States. It is the breed that actually came from the former French Cameroon area.

The Cameroon goats were exported from Africa to zoos in Sweden and Germany where they were on display as exotic animals. From there they made their way to England, Canada, and the United States. In 1959, the Rhue family in California and the Catskill Game Farm in New York received the first documented shipments of Pygmy goats from Sweden. Offspring of these animals, as well as earlier imports, were sold to zoos, medical research, and to some private individuals.

It didn't take long for the general public to notice how gentle and easy to maintain this breed was and soon after they became a part of many small acreages all across the country.  Their manageable size, sweet personalities and fun loving nature makes them a fantastic addition to any family farm.

Traditional colors very greatly from blues, black and tans and browns.  Patch work patterns are not uncommon.

Breed Characteristics

A full coat of straight, medium-long hair which varies in density with seasons and climates. On females, beards may be non-existent, sparse, or trimmed. On adult males, abundant hair growth is desirable; the beard should be full, long and flowing, the copious mane draping cape-like across the shoulders.

All body colors are acceptable, the predominate coloration is a grizzled (agouti) pattern produced by the intermingling of light and dark hairs, of any color.

Breed-specific markings are required: muzzle, forehead, eyes, and ears are accented in tones lighter than the dark portion of the body in goats of all colors, except goats that are solid black. Front and rear hoofs and cannons are darker than main body coat, as are the crown, dorsal stripe, and martingale; except in goats that are solid black. On all caramel goats, light vertical stripes on front sides of darker socks are required.

The Pygmy Goat Association breed standards can be found at  http://www.npga-pygmy.com/resources/conformation/breed_standard.asp

We've been in the goat business...

We have been raising Pygmy Goat for over 9 years now.  We started with 2 does and then it blossomed from there.  At one time having more then 75 goats housed on the place, but it takes a lot of time, money and space to have such a large herd.  Our annual sales of weanling kids has brought many new friends to our place and we have thoroughly enjoyed meeting so many fun goat crazy people.

NOT SO TOUGH

Many things that we have learned have been by trial and error, it some times happens that way like it or not.  I tell everyone that these little guys are not nearly as tough as we first thought. 

And NO they don't eat tin cans.  That myth came from seeing goats eating the labels off of old food cans because of the salt used in the adhesive back then; so recycle your cans and feed your goats a balanced diet of hay, browse, minerals and oats.

SPECIAL NOTE:  Our animals are intended to be sold and used for show, weed control and pets; we openly reveal that they have never had our herd tested with the intention of harvesting milk for human consumption. 

For those who have the desire to harvest milk for human consumption we do not recommend that you consume raw milk from any untested herd.   The making of soaps, lotions and candles does not required testing.   Ask your state and local extension agency for the rules and laws around testing; be educated and be aware before you taste. 

This 2013 Season

 It has been CRAZY busy here and I have not had time to update and post photos individually on the site.  I am so sorry, but with family health issue, fencing and babies along with two full time jobs we are just out of time.

I did post photos to the album and made some comments on who is sold and not.  But there are more photos to come.

 

The 10 new arrival does from 2012 were bred.  Zsa, Teeny, Princess, Muffy, Cocoa, Silver, Fresca, Shasta, Waddles and Helen.  And Nibbs, Dusty, Lexi and Jewel were also split and covered by the boys

 

22 does were to be bred BUT Zsa Zsa seems to have taken the year off.  She did not take this year for some reason and it is not for the lack of food!

There are only a few girls left and only 3 boys remaining from 2013 kidding season!!!

If I skipped anything - Please tell me!!

I have worked very hard to build this web site for you and I have tried to cover all the areas that I think are important for you to know, how ever I may have missed something that you need information on. 

If you have a question and I have not covered the subject completely or possibly I may not have touched base on at all; please feel free to contact us at any time.  We have been raising animals for so long that some things are just second nature to us and easily over looked as just a part of our daily chores.

This is your site too and it helps everyone when you point out something I need provide so direction of guidence 

Goat/Sheep Gestation Chart

 

 

 

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Sheep Is Life

Dine' be Iina; The Navajo Lifeway

The perfect place to learn "hands on" just how importantl the Navajo Churro Sheep breed was and still is to the Navajo People. learn about shows, art sales, classes and seminars and plan to join them for an annual Sheep is Life celbration coming in June, 2011.

AT A GLANCE

Happy Goat Vitals

* Normal Temp:  Rectal 101.5 to 103.5

* Pulse: 70 to 80 per min

* Resperation:  Adults  10 - 30

      Kids  20 - 40

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Mineral Tub Racks

Does it bother you when the goats stand in the mineral tub?

It drove me crazy to know that my

hard earned money was being urinated on.

Stop it for the most part by using a

mineral rack stand (patent pending)

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