Friday, September 30, 2011

Does Due To Kid At Amber Waves (October - December 2011)

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  • Amber Waves The Last Kiss (Caramel)
    bred to Desert Suns A Major Affair (Caramel)
  • Desert Willow Allison (Brown Agouti)
    bred to Proverbial Pygmies Pursuit (Silver Agouti)
  • Desert Willow She's Got finesse II
    (Brown Agouti Bred to Desert Suns A Major Affair (Brown Agouti)
  • Bowler Farms Kisseybaby
    (Black Agouti) Bred to Desert Suns A Major Affair (Caramel)
  • Bowler Farms Luchia
    (Grey Agouti) Bred to B/C Pygmies Barney)
  • Amber Waves Marley and Me
    (Agouti) bred to Desert Suns A Major Affair  (Caramel

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Desert Suns A Major Affair (Champion)

Proverbial Pygmies Pursuit (Champion)

Low Hay Acres, High Hay Prices

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Hold on to your hats. The most recent USDA estimate for hay acreage to be harvested in the U.S. during 2011 has likely set the stage for a wild, upward ride in hay prices for the rest of the year.

U.S. growers plan to harvest 57.6 million all-hay acres in 2011, down 4% from 2010, according to the June 30 Acreage report. Harvested acres are expected to be below or equal to last year's figures for most states in the Corn Belt, Great Plains, Pacific Northwest and Rocky Mountain regions, the ag department adds. Record-low harvested acreages are expected in Iowa, Nebraska, Minnesota, Maine, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. For alfalfa and alfalfa mixtures, USDA expects a harvested area of 19.3 million acres in 2011, down 3% from that of last year.

Throughout spring, most market watchers had been predicting a large drop in hay acres and that growers would switch to corn, wheat and other crops to capitalize on projected high commodity prices. In its March 31 Prospective Plantings report, USDA had forecast all-hay production at 59 million acres.

"That would have been a drop of about 1% from 2010," says University of Wisconsin Extension educator Ken Barnett, who compiles the Weekly Hay Market Demand and Price Report for the Upper Midwest. "Given all the reports we were hearing and reading through the winter about farmers taking land out of hay to plant corn and other crops, I don't think many people really believed that number."

Even so, the size of the spread between the March and June acreage numbers surprised many analysts. "Shocking is the only word I can think of to describe it," says Matt Diersen, ag economist at South Dakota State University Extension. "It's a big, big drop."

That virtually ensures dramatically lower U.S. hay production overall. Diersen points out that, if this year's yields meet the 10-year average of 2.43 tons/acre, national all-hay production would total 140 million tons, a 7-million-ton drop from production in 2010 and the lowest production since 1988.

A relatively low inventory of hay coming out of the winter promises to tighten supplies even more. Hay stocks on May 1 of this year totaled 22 million tons. "That's not crazy tight like it was in 2007 when May 1 stocks were under 15 million tons," he says. "But when you couple it with the lower production, it will put a lot of pressure on the supply."

At the same time, demand is likely to be stronger than normal in some areas of the country. Severe droughts in Texas, Oklahoma and other parts of the Southern Plains have burned up pastures, forcing livestock producers to feed hay much earlier in the year than normal. "It's really going to put a stress on supply throughout the marketing year, which will only push prices higher," says Diersen.

U.S. hay prices as of late May were already at an all-time high, Diersen adds. "It's similar to 2008, when hay prices were high at the start of the marketing year, then stayed high for the rest of the summer."

His bottom line on the Acreage report: "It's good news for someone with hay to sell. It's very bad news for anybody on the buyer's side."

  by Rick Mooney, Editor, eHay

Monday, September 26, 2011

Keeping Goats Cool


Summer might be coming to a close on the calendar, but that doesn't mean Mother Nature is letting up on the heat. Things like jumping in the water and spending time in the cooler indoors are ways that we help beat the heat, but don't forget to help your goats do the same. The warm weather can be tough on animals, sometimes causing them to overheat, which can lead to heat exhaustion, heat stroke, or even death. Following these tips will help them enjoy the warmer temperatures as much as you do.

Fresh, cool air: Make cross-ventilation a priority, especially in the summer. One thing to look out for, in particular, is ammonia. Ammonia builds up more quickly in the summer heat, especially low to the ground where goats sleep. Kneel down in your goat shed, and if you can smell ammonia from eight inches above the floor, your shed needs a thorough cleaning. Keep as many doors and windows open as possible to keep fresh air moving through the building.

H20: Clean, cool water should be available at all times. Water is essential for temperature control, waste excretion, electrolyte balance, digestion and more. Keep water troughs clean by changing drinking water several times a day, and put water containers in the shade to avoid sun-stimulated algae growth. In extreme heat, or if you will be away for long periods, add ice blocks to your goats' water. One way to increase the water intake is by offering free-choice salt. This will help dilute the urine and avoid urinary calculi, which can be more common in hot weather if goats do not drink enough. A bout of diarrhea can quickly lead to dehydration in the heat of summer. Keep cool, clean water available at all times. Persistent diarrhea in young kids can lead to death if left untreated. If symptoms persist, consult your veterinarian.

Play: Goats love to play and are always looking for something to do. Make sure they have a shaded area to have their fun during the summer months.

Hygiene: Dirty shed and bedding can lead to skin sores, mastitis, respiratory ailments, foot problems, and more that escalate in the summer heat, so keep it clean. You may also want to shear long-haired goats before the summer heat sets in.

Transportation: Minimize transport time especially in late gestation as much as possible, but if you must, provide proper ventilation, make plenty of stops and make time to rest, water, and feed them along the way. Try to travel late at night or early in the morning to avoid the worst heat of the day.

Summer babies: Try to avoid summer births in hot climates where temperatures are often above 90 degrees during summer and fall. Kids tend not to grow as fast under such circumstances, and high temperatures combined with drought conditions cause stress.

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Saturday, September 17, 2011

Veterinarians Who Treat Goats


We are trying to establish a list of Veterinarians, who know goats and will treat them. If you have a Vet, who is not in our list, please send us message, providing us Vet's name, address, phone number and website (if available). 


Pygmy does are usually excellent mothers, and often the mother of quad­ruplets will try, and succeed, in raising all four babies herself. Occasions do arise, however, when the newborn kids must be bottle-fed entirely, or at least supplemented.
If you have any idea that a kid will need supplementing, or bottle-feeding, begin its bottle training as soon as possible. Once kids have learned to nurse, they greatly resent having a rubber nipple passed off as the real thing. But if they learn early that rubber nipples come filled with delicious milk, they will
readily learn to alternate between mother and her substitute. Switching a kid from mother to a bottle after the first day or two of life can be difficult and stressful, and can be so easily avoided.
The best formula to feed baby goats is goats milk. Fresh milked from moth­er or your other pygmy does is the ideal, since pygmy milk is higher in butter­fat than other dairy goats. You might find someone in your area who is milking their dairy goats and is willing to sell their excess fresh milk. (Fresh goats milk will keep for about one week in the refrigerator, but it can also be fresh frozen and will keep for months in the freezer.) Some supermarkets and health food stores will carry pasteurized goats milk, and many will also carry evapor­ated goats milk. The evaporated milk must be diluted half with water before feeding to a kid. If you strike out completely on goats milk, then get a lamb's milk replacer - not cow's milk or cow's milk replacer.
Newborn pygmy kids will drink very well from a well-worn black lamb's nipple on a small coke bottle. Some people prefer to use a regular baby bottle with a preemie nipple, but I have found that saving the old, almost worn out, nipples from previous bottle babies allows the lamb's nipple to be as soft as the preem­ie nipples, and the kids don't have the problem of butting up against the plastic rings of the baby bottle. Heat the milk to approximately 102 degrees. The milk should be warmer than you would feed to a human baby, but not hot enough to burn your wrist when testing it.
Most kids need only be fed during daytime hours. Nighttime feedings are only necessary for kids in less than perfect health. Approximate feeding times and amounts are indicated in the following chart:
Number of Feedings
Approx. times
0- 2 weeks
2- 3 ounces
8, 12, 4, 8
2- 4 weeks
5- 6 ounces
8, 2, 8
4 - 6 weeks
10 ounces
8, 8
6 - 8 weeks
1 - 2
Dilute with water and decrease the amount

The biggest mistake in bottle feeding goats is overfeeding. Once a kid has learned to drink from a bottle, he will drink until he bursts. The above amounts are more than enough for a healthy kid. By decreasing the amounts and frequency as indicated, the kid will learn more readily to eat the hays and grains that will be his life's food. You should be offering your kid hay and clean water within the first week of life. (Watch your other kids out with their mother. They be­gin tasting the hay and grain with her at just a couple of days of age.) Start with small amounts changed daily. As the kids start eating more, increase the amount fed so there is always a little bit left when the next feeding is due.

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Ensure your pygmy goats are healthy by only purchasing goats from reputable breeders

So you have decided to bring adorable, friendly pygmy goats into your family, but do you know the best place to purchase them? By far the most important element to consider when purchasing pygmy goats is their health. You don’t want to bring unhealthy goats into your home because not only will there inevitability be higher costs in keeping them alive, unhealthy goats can infect any healthy goats you may have, have an increased risk of dying prematurely, and many diseases that plague them don’t have cures. Ultimately, unhealthy goats will bring you unnecessary emotional and financial stress and will require a lot more work, but how can you be sure you are receiving a healthy pygmy goat? You must resolve to purchase your goats from a reputable breeder like Amber Waves. 

What does a reputable breeder offer consumers? Testing of their herds for devastating diseases such as Caprine arthritis encephalitis (CAE), Caseous Lymphadenitis (CL), and Johne's Disease. When you receive pygmy goats from a herd that has been tested for these diseases, you are exponentially increasing your chances for having healthy, happy goats over their lifetimes. 

A retroviral infection of goats which may lead to chronic disease of the joints, and on rare occasions, encephalitis in goat kids less than six months of age, Caprine arthritis encephalitis (CAE), can cause inflammation and be extremely painful for a goat who is suffering with it. However, some goats that have CAE never show any symptoms, but can still pass CAE onto other goats in its herd. This means that purchasing from a breeder who tests for CAE is essential.

 Caseous Lymphadenitis (CL), or “cheesy gland” as it is referred to in some parts of the world, is another devastating, highly contagious disease that can be passed to other goats and even humans should one of the goats you purchase have it. CL most often presents itself as an external abscess (or lump); however, it can also manifest inside the body as well, and thus, you may not be able to tell if your goat(s) have this disease. Again, you must purchase pygmy goats from a breeder who tests for CL to ensure you don’t bring this disease into your home.

Finally, Johne's Disease, whose common symptoms are diarrhea and rapid weight loss, is a bacterial infection of the intestinal tract caused by Mycobacterium paratuberculosis. This contagious disease ravages pygmy goats, is quite painful for the goats affected, and spreads quickly through herds. Yet again, any breeder you purchase pygmy goats from should be testing for Johne's Disease so you won’t have to deal with this terrible disease yourself. 

Purchasing pygmy goats from a reputable breeder can be the difference between having healthy, long-lived goats, and unhealthy, miserable goats. Amber Waves, a leader in the pygmy goat industry for over 28 years, tests its pygmy goat herd for CAE, CL, and Johne's Disease. Amber Waves is known for producing high-quality pygmy goats suitable for breeding, showing, and pet purposes, and regularly ships goats both nationally and internationally. Featured on programs such as the Tori and Dean Show on the Oxygen Network, the African pygmy goats of Amber Waves come to you dehorned (unless you request horned), wormed, registered, and given their first shots. Additionally, Amber Waves provides its customers with lifetime support for each and every pygmy goat purchased, which includes auto reminders to let customers know when their animals are due for worming and shots. Visit the Amber Waves website,, for more information and to purchase healthy pygmy goats from a reputable breeder who with be with you every step of the way while raising your pygmy goats.  


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