A mineral block should be hung in the goat feed area where they can all reach it. They will use it if they need to. Make sure it is suitable for goats.
They should be fed a goat mix twice a day, about two to three ounces a time, in a small bowl. Overfeed can lead to obesity and can cause scouring. Hay should be given ad lib and clean drinking water each day and I give warm water when the weather is especially cold and they really like it. Its said they will also enjoy chopped up fruit and vegetables, but for some reason mine don’t seem very interested, prefering the bottom of a coat or jacket to suck on! They do not make good lawn mowers, being browsers rather than grazers, in our acre paddock they don’t make any difference to the grass growing.
The legal requirements for keeping any livestock are constantly changing and you should contact your local DEFRA Office to get the up to date information before buying your goats, and the following should be adhered to:
Before you can bring any livestock on to your land, even if they are only pets, you must have a holding number for your property. This is easily obtained by contacting your local DEFRA Office, there is no charge.
Any goat purchased must be properly identified with an ear tag showing the herd number and an individual number. Kids born after 4/1/08 must have an ear tag in each ear. This is the responsibility of the breeder but as the buyer you must make sure it has been done. It is illegal to move a goat that is not earmarked.
A Movement Licence is required before you can transport a goat, this is very simple. A book of blank Movement Licences is obtained from your local Trading Standards Office and whenever you move a goat or goats you complete a form and send the top copy to the Trading Standards Office once your journey is completed. When purchasing a goat it is the responsibility of the breeder to complete the licence and give it to you to take with you.
The Pygmy Goat Club was established in 1982 to protect the interests and improve the status of the pygmy goat in Britain. It is the regulating body and official Breed Association of the pygmy goat. It sets down the Breed Standard and is responsible for the registration of herds and individual goats. In addition to a National Committee, which runs the internal affairs of the club, there are also Regional Advisers throughout the country who are responsible for helping members and non-members who are involved with keeping pygmy goats. To join the Pygmy Goat Club, download a membership form from the Pygmy Goat Club Web Site.