Tuesday, August 28, 2012

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From Jennifer with new Bottle Baby Amber Waves Crossfire

Hi Deb! We are so in love with our goat!! He is such a little cuddle bug, and he is already potty trained!!!!!

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Animal Haven California Girl Kids - August 16th

Amber Waves Funny Face
(Possibly For Sale)
Doe Kid - DOB:  8/16/12
Black Agouti
Sire: Proverbial Pygmies Pursuit
Dam: Animal Haven California Girl

Amber Waves Beverly Hills Cop
 DOB:  8/16/12
Black Agouti
Sire: Proverbial Pygmies Pursuit
Dam: Animal Haven California Girl

Twilight Ranch Jewels By Tiffany Kids August 13, 2012

Amber Waves Going My Way (Not For Sale)
White Caramel Doe Kid - DOB: 8/13/12
Sire: Fir Meadow Born In The U.S.A.
Dam: Twilight Ranch Jewels By Tiffany

Amber Waves David Copperfield (SOLD)
White Caramel Buck Kid - DOB: 8/13/12
Sire: Fir Meadow Born In The U.S.A.
Dam: Twilight Ranch Jewels By Tiffany

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

The great pygmy goat debate: to purchase weaned kids or bottle babies

The great pygmy goat debate: to purchase weaned kids or bottle babies

Confused about whether it’s best to purchase a weaned pygmy goat kidding or a bottle baby? You are not alone! If you have done any research online, you’ve probably come to the realization that there are many differing opinions on this subject. Truthfully, there is no right or wrong answer to the weaned vs. bottle baby question. That said, there are some important differences between bringing hope a weaned pygmy and a bottle baby.

One of the main reasons many people cite for preferring to bring home a pygmy goat that needs to be bottle fed, or a “bottle baby” is the potential for increased bonding. It does appear to be true in some instances that beginning a relationship with your pygmy goat when it still requires you to bottle feed it allows the two of you to bond sooner and more strongly. Some also believe that bottle babies remain more docile and comfortable with humans their entire lives. And of course, you obviously get to meet you little one faster when you choose to bring it home as a bottle baby!

A drawback to having a bottle baby is it may be missing out on some health-supporting nutrients found in its mother’s milk. However, this does not mean that you are likely to have a sickly goat because it was a bottle baby. Also, you have to be willing and able to spend quite a bit of time bottle feeding each day, several times a day. It should be noted that while rare, on occasion a bottle baby becomes so attached to its humans that it feels stressed when it’s not with its human family.  Dam-raised pygmy goats may be less likely to have this problem, but it is still possible for them to be stressed without their humans.
One of the main reasons many people cite for preferring to bring home a pygmy goat that has been raised for several weeks with its mother and then weaned is the increase in immunity. Some people believe that pygmy goats tend to be stronger, healthier, and farther along in their development if they are allowed to stay with their mothers until they are weaned. They may also be more accepting of being separated from their human family than bottle babies. And while there is no doubt you will want to spend plenty of time with your pygmy goat kid, you won’t have commit to multiple feedings each day like you would with a bottle baby.

A drawback to bringing home a dam-raised pygmy goat is it may not bond with you as quickly or completely as a bottle baby. That said, regular, careful handling will strengthen your bond, and dam-raised pygmies are by no means unruly or wild. In fact, there are some who like to purchase weaned pygmy goats because their experiences have pointed to a more laid-back, calm disposition for dam-raised goats. Unfortunately, you have to wait several weeks after the birth of your pygmy goat to bring it home if it will be dam-raised instead of waiting a couple days for a bottle baby.

When deciding whether to bring home a bottle baby or a weaned pygmy goat, it is good to remember there is no right or wrong way to go.  Just look over the pluses and minuses for both options, remembering that your individual pygmy goat may or may not conform to the generalities associated with its group. More importantly, make sure you are purchasing your pygmy goat from a reputable breeder who regularly tests its herd for diseases. Amber Waves provides its customers with healthy pygmy goats and lifetime support. Contact Amber Waves today for more information on pygmy goats and to purchase yours today! 

Sunday, August 19, 2012

The Moreton-in-Marsh 60th Show, in Gloucestershire, England (Pygmy Goat Show)

Good afternoon,

We thought you might like to hear about The Moreton-in-Marsh 60th Show, in Gloucestershire, England.  The Show is an annual, one-day, agricultural and horse show with a separate goat show (including pgymies)in the Livestock Section.

If anyone is over from the States and visiting the local area, they might like to come along to the Show.  There's a wonderful country atmosphere and we attract around 20,000 visitors.

www.moretonshow.co.uk is our website.  It takes place on the 1st Saturday in September, so if no-one can make it in 2012 there's always next year!

Kind regards

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

CAHFS Fee Increase effective 9/1/12

CAHFS Clients,
I am writing to inform you that effective September 1, 2012, the California Animal Health & Food Safety Laboratory System (CAHFS) will implement a 10 percent increase in fees. The necropsy fee, which includes gross and histopathology as well as laboratory testing in microbiology, immunology and toxicology as needed to make a diagnosis, will increase to $120.
We recognize that fee increases are never welcome news and would like to assure you that CAHFS is committed to continuously improve our testing and cost efficiency.  Our goal is to provide high quality, reliable, and cost-effective diagnostics for the industries we serve.  The fees were reviewed and approved by the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory Board on July 6, 2012.
We appreciate your business and look forward to hearing from you.
Richard E. Breitmeyer, DVM, MPVM

Goats As Pets

By Steven Paul Bolton

Whilst often characterised as farm or working animals, a small holding of goats can be very rewarding for the owner and is relatively easy so long as some basic rules are followed. A small holding of goats can be an excellent source of milk and meat for the owner and by raising goats yourself you can be confident they were raised in a healthy manner. Goats can also keep your land practically weed free.
Goats are social herd animals and you should plan to allow at least two goats to live together. The best breeds to keep will vary dependent on whether your main reason for keeping them is milk, meat or fibre, or whether you want them primarily as pets.
Goat Facts

Male goats are known as bucks and the females does. Infant goats are called kids. Goats generally live 10 to 12 years, although there have been cases of goats living up to 15 years. There are over 300 distinct breeds of goat and they are most closely related to sheep, with which they can cross breed, although this is not recommended. The main products associated with goats are milk, cheese, meat, mohair, and cashmere.
Goat Products

Goat milk is becoming more popular and a large dairy doe can produce 3,000 to 5,000 pounds of milk each year (On a daily basis 2 to 3 quarts). In most areas the milk will need to be pasteurized if you want to sell it commercially, although you can drink untreated milk from your own goats. You should be aware there is some research suggesting health risks with consuming un-pasteurized goats milk. As with the milk there is growing demand for goat meat and there are claimed to be health benefits when compared to other red meats and chicken. If you intend to sell the meat you will need to comply with the rules a small commercial processor has to follow. The rules are less stringent if the meat is intended for your own consumption. Some goat owners find it more practical to outsource the slaughter to a licensed slaughterer. Goats have also been prized for three types of fibre, mohair, cashmere and cashgora.
Goat Housing

A dry draft free building is suggested which will protect them from the elements and offers sufficient protection from rodents and other predators. Rodents could introduce disease as well as eating and fouling food and water supplies. With regard to dimensions there should be sufficient room to allow the goats to stand upright on their hind legs with necks outstretched. If penned separately each goat should have about 4 sq. m. of floor space. If the goats are housed in a group in the same area a minimum of 2 sq. m. per goat needs to be provided, although more than this minimum is recommended if conflict is to be avoided. Horned and disbudded or hornless goats should be penned separately.
Goat Food

Although they have a reputation for eating almost anything, they will not thrive unless provided with the right balances in their diet. Whilst they will eat weeds and other vegetation including pasture, they will need access to good quality hay. Legume hays contain more minerals, vitamins and nutrients, although as with other hays the quality can vary dependent on the harvesting, preparation and storage.
Goat Health

There are a number of illnesses that can affect a goat both in a chronic and curable form. Some of these illnesses can be passed to humans and other animals while some illnesses are specific to goats. Two illnesses that can bring sudden death to a goat are coccidiosis and pneumonia. Of most concern to breeders and producers are worms and parasites. A goat that is ridden with parasites and worms and left untreated will most likely suffer a rapid decline in health, production and often result in death.
For further information on keeping goats please visit goatsaspets.org. The site also contains links to obtain the comprehensive and recommended book by Wendy Hargreaves, 'Your Guide To Keeping Goats', which is available as an electronic download

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Steven_Paul_Bolton


Pet Pointers: Goats as pets

Pet Pointers: Goats as pets
YNN Hudson Valley
There are a wide variety of goats kept as farm animals, as well as back yard pets. Some people keep small pygmy goats as pets, and others like the Synder family also keep goats to produce milk, making cheese and others products for their own use and to ...
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Monday, August 13, 2012

From Jennifer with new Bottle Baby Amber Waves Crossfire

Love Our Goat

National Goat Expo, Oct. 11, 2012

National Goat Expo, Oct. 11, 2012

National Goat Expo, 8/1/12 - The National Goat Expo is for all breeds of Dairy, Meat, and Fiber goats and it will kick off Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012 at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines Iowa and will conclude on Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012. For more information on how you can become one of these sponsors or become a vendor at the National Goat Expo please contact Jen Parrish atpresident@nationalgoatexpo.org or view the website www.nationalgoatexpo.org.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Bowler Farms Luchia Kids August 2, 2013 - Triplet Girls

Amber Waves It's A Gift (Pending)

Amber Waves Happiness (Pending)
Amber Waves Laura (Pending)

Sire: Hindsquarters Farm Austen
Dam: Bowler Farms Luchia

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Jamba's Pygmies Faith Kids - August 1, 2012

Caramel (Wether) - Amber Waves Crossfire (Pending)

Introducing Amber Waves Funny Girl - Name Pending(Caramel Doe)

Does Ultrasounded Pregnant 8/10/12 - Due December 2012/January 2013

Due December 2012/January 2013
Ultra-sounded pregnant 8/10/12

Now accepting Deposits -  Click Here
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Amber Waves For Your Consideration (Black White Band)
Bred to: Proverbial Pygmies So Under Cover (Grey/Brown)
Bowler Farms Emily (Black)
Bred to Jamba's Pygmies Little St. Nick (Brown Agouti)
Twilight Ranch Covergirl (Caramel)
Bred to: Jamba's Pygmies Little St. Nick (Brown Agouti)
Hammork Family Farm Snickerdoodle (Caramel)
Bred to: Proverbial Pygmies So Under Cover (Grey/Brown)
Animal Haven Salsa (Brown Agouti)
Bred to: Jamba's Pygmies Little St. Nick (Brown Agouti)
Animal Haven Deception (Brown Agouti)
Bred to: Jamba's Pygmies Little St. Nick (Brown Agouti)


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