Monday, October 29, 2012

Now Available for All Pygmy Goat Purchases

Thursday, October 25, 2012

New Arrival Amber Waves Lili (Pending)

Amber Waves Lili

Brown Agouti Doe Kid - DOB: 10/25/12

Sire: Hindsquarters Farm Austen
Dam: Little Eden's Sweet Ghirardelli

New Arrival - Amber Waves A Foreign Affair

Amber Waves A Foreign Affair (Pending)
Agouti Wether/Buck - DOB: 10/23/12
Sire: Jamba's Pygmies Little Saint Nick
Dam: Bowler Farms Kisseybaby

Picture taken less than 24 hours old.

New Arrival - Amber Waves Breathless

Amber Waves Breathless (Pending)
DOB: 10/23/12 - Brown Agouti Doe
Sire: Jamba's Pygmies Little Saint Nick
Dam: Bowler Farms Kisseybaby
For Sale

Picture less than 24 hours old

New Arrival - Amber Waves Empire of The Sun (Pending)

Amber Waves Empire of The Sun (Pending)
White Caramel Buck 0 Born 10/21/12
Sire: Fir Meadow Born in The U.S.A.
Dam: Amber Waves Something Borrowed

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Annual Workshop on Sheep and Goats Held for Island Ranchers

Annual Workshop on Sheep and Goats Held for Island Ranchers
Big Island Now
Tips on best management practices for raising sheep and goats will be covered at a two day workshop on November 9 and 10 in Kohala. Photo courtesy of Hawaii Sheep and Goat Association. Posted on October 23rd, 2012. Share |. by Denise Laitinen ...
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Saturday, October 20, 2012

Keeping Goats

Keeping Goats
GoodFood World
As long ago as 10,000 BC, humans domesticated goats in what is now Iran. To the first agricultural people, the goat was as important as the buffalo was to the Plains Indians – a nose-to-tail supply house, a renewable provider of meat, milk, fiber, and ...
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Oct Pygmy Goat Newsletter Now Available on Line featuring Health CAre

Amber Waves Pygmy October Newletter is now available on-line featuring  Goat Health Care -

Thursday, October 18, 2012

NCVMA: Things to know when adopting pet goats

NCVMA: Things to know when adopting pet goats
Fayetteville Observer (blog)
Remember that goats are herd animals and should never be kept alone or in solitary conditions. If you are considering a pet goat, you will need at least two goats to keep them happy and healthy. You will want either two neutered male goats, known as ...
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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Monday, October 8, 2012

From North Carolina

From Tami Luddeke in North Carolina 
Lucy and Ethel (Amber Waves Pygmy Goats) and they are awaiting the arrival of Ricky and Fred
from Amber Waves.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Training Goats to Electrified Netting

Training Goats
to Electrified Netting
Winter Horse
For goats, electrified netting is only a pain barrier, not a physical barrier. Netting must be properly electrified for it to properly function. A 3000v pulse is the minimum voltage for containing goats. A determined goat can and will get through netting, though not without receiving several shocks.

Goats must be trained to electrified netting before field use. To do this, set up the netting within a corral or other small fenced-in area that will prevent the goats from getting out in case they jump through the net when they're first shocked. For the first several hours, watch the goats interact with the net to make sure no entanglements occur. Goats are curious animals, and soon each goat will test the fence or watch its flock mates test the fence.

Once the animals are trained, electrified netting can be effectively used in the field. Check the fence 2 to 3 times a day during initial use and at least daily once the flock has settled in.

By Sara McArtor, Premier sales consultant

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2013 "Equipment That Works!" catalog

2013 Equipment That Works catalog

Look for this annual catalog in your mailbox starting the third week of October.

Your friends at Premier
Start watching your mailboxes for Premier's 2013 "Equipment That Works!" catalog. This year, in addition to our popular products that have pleased both Premier and our customers for years, we're offering the following new products:

Now available:
Heavy Duty Whisk
Auto Syringe/Drencher (12.5 ml)
EzePak Belt & Holster
Backpack for Drenchers
Manual Drencher (60 ml)
Pickup Haulers
Sheep Bell
Square Bucket (2 gal)
Snap Clip (stainless steel)

Coming soon:
Q-flex Ear Tags
KiwiCrook (double-end crook)
Bottle Rack
Sheep Collars (for Sheep Bell)
Guard Dog Puppy Collar
Guard Dog Collar (X-Large)
Large Lamb Sling

Fencing | Clippers and Shearers | Ear Tags | Poultry Supplies | Equipment | Wild Bird Feeders and Suet
Copyright 2011 Premier1Supplies
2031 300th Street, Washington, Iowa 52353, US • Contact Us
Phone:  800-282-6631 or  319-653-7622 • Fax: 800-346-7992 or 319-653-6304
Hours: Monday - Friday: 7am - 6pm (March - June) and 7am - 5:30pm (July - February)
Saturday: Closed (October - February) and 8am - 12 noon, CST (March - September)

Friday, October 5, 2012

Essential Nutrients

Essential Nutrients
You’ve seen it all on the feed tags, but understanding the essential nutrients your goats need will give you confidence that they’re getting the highest quality of nutrition. For goats, the ular nutrients they need include carbohydrates, fats, protein, vitamins, minerals and, of course, water.

There are two types of carbohydrates, structural and non-structural soluble carbohydrates, both of which are important parts of a goat feeding and nutrition program.
  • Structural Carbohydrates are commonly referred to as "Fiber." These carbohydrates contribute to the forage portion of a diet. In a complete pelleted diet, additional fiber sources may be the hulls of grains. A goat itself cannot digest structural fiber carbohydrates like it can sugars and starches. The digestible fiber is fermented by the microbes in the goat’s rumen, producing volatile fatty acids (VFA’s), which are then absorbed. These VFA’s are a main source of energy for the goat.

  • Non-Structural Soluble Carbohydrates are primarily starches and sugars. Starches, which come mostly from grain, and sugars are also key energy sources for the goat. Both starches and sugars can be digested two ways; like fiber, they can be fermented into VFA’s in the rumen, or they can flow through the rumen and be digested by enzymes in the small intestine. When digested in the small intestine, they quickly convert to glucose, which can be used immediately or stored in the muscles as glycogen. Both glucose and VFA’s provide the energy needed for growth. Glucose is the only source of energy the brain can use.
Fats are excellent sources of energy. Fats contain more than twice the calories per pound than either carbohydrates or protein, so adding fat to the diet allows the goat to ingest more calories in a smaller quantity of feed. However, ruminants like goats have a limited ability to utilize fat. Fat also tends to be an expensive source of energy, so goats typically are not fed high-fat diets. In addition, too much fat can negatively impact fiber digestion.

Minerals are involved in the formation of structural components in the body, muscular contraction, enzyme activity, oxygen transport, energy transfer — the list of important duties performed by minerals is very long! Some minerals are also integral parts of amino acids, proteins, vitamins, enzymes and hormones. Levels of major minerals (macrominerals) are critical, especially for young, growing animals.

Calcium and phosphorus are two macrominerals of great importance. Goats require calcium and phosphorus in relatively large amounts for bone growth and maintenance. Growing kids especially need adequate amounts of calcium and phosphorus as they are still experiencing active skeletal growth and development. However, lactating requires adequate calcium for milk production as well.

Of particular importance is the ratio of calcium: phosphorus in the goat’s diet. Excess phosphorus or an imbalance in the calcium: phosphorus ratio can increase the potential for urinary calculi. Goat diets should contain approximately twice as much calcium as phosphorus, and phosphorus should not be fed in high amounts.

Other important macrominerals include sodium, chloride, potassium, magnesium and sulfur. Salt (sodium chloride) will help stimulate water consumption, which helps reduce the formation of urinary stones by keeping the urine more dilute. Magnesium and sulfur levels are usually adequate in typical diets fed to goats.

Trace minerals are those required in small amounts by the goat. Essential trace minerals include cobalt, copper, iodine, iron, manganese, selenium and zinc. Deficiencies and/or imbalances of trace minerals may cause decreased growth rate, lowered resistance to disease, lack of stamina and reduced reproductive rate. Copper is of particular interest. Goats have a higher requirement for copper than do sheep yet are often fed sheep feeds that not only have no added copper but also have added molybdenum, which interferes with copper absorption to help keep the sheep from absorbing too much copper from their diet. Thus to ensure the proper balance of copper and other minerals, not to mention optimal performance, a goat-specific mineral should always be fed when a mineral is offered.

Protein (Amino Acids)
Proteins are composed of amino acids, which are the building blocks for muscle, organs, hair, bone and a key component of milk. Ruminants like goats can obtain their protein from two sources. The first will be dietary amino acids that the goat consumes. The second source will be the microbial protein that is produced by fermentation of feed in the rumen. Microbial protein is usually the main source of protein and amino acids that the goat will digest and absorb.

Vitamins are another micro-nutrient required by the goat in small amounts to help utilize nutrients for growth, maintenance, reproduction and performance. The ruminal microorganisms are able to synthesize many of the vitamins needed by the goat, including vitamin K and the B-complex vitamins.

Vitamins are divided into two general categories: fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, E and K) and water-soluble vitamins (B-complex). High quality pasture and forages are rich sources of vitamins, however, mature forage and forage that has been stored for an extended time lose much of this vitamin activity. Therefore, vitamin supplementation of these forages is often necessary.
  • Vitamin A: Vitamin A requirements of goats can sometimes be met by carotene, which is found in all fresh green forages. However, the carotene content of forages decreases with time, so even if hay is stored properly, a significant amount of carotene will be broken down after as little as six months. To insure an adequate body supply of vitamin A, a goat feed or supplement should be fed.

  • Vitamin D: While goats that are exposed to sunlight will receive a significant amount of vitamin D, to ensure that dietary needs are met, goat feeds and supplements should be fortified with vitamin D3.

  • Vitamin E: Vitamin E is a key component in the antioxidant system, which helps maintain various tissue functions and supports immune response. Fresh forages are very high in vitamin E, but dried forages like hay rapidly loose their vitamin E activity. Thus, goat feeds and supplements should be fortified with vitamin E.

  • B-Complex Vitamins: The various B-complex vitamins are all synthesized by microbes during the ruminal fermentation of carbohydrates. Thus, the supplementation of the B-complex vitamins is not necessary in a goat diet.
Goats will survive a long time without food, but just a few days without water would be fatal. Goats need to drink a lot of water, at least four times their intake of dry food. A safe general recommendation is to provide goats with all the clean water that they will drink (ad libitum intake). Insufficient water intake will reduce feed intake and may contribute to formation of urinary calculi. Lactating goats also need to consume more water when they are producing in milk. A lactating goat will consume 2-3 pounds of water for every pound of milk produced.

To encourage water intake, be sure goats have a constant source of clean, fresh water. Make sure that it is accessible at all times to all goats in the herd (this may mean having more than one watering station). Have the water tested if you suspect problems; the water should be free of organic contaminants, minerals, salt, heavy metals, and stray voltage. This last one is difficult for a human to detect, yet a goat’s delicate lips easily sense the electrical charge in the water. Stray voltage is often a common cause of inadequate water intake. If your water is clean and fresh but the animals are reluctant to drink it, suspect stray voltage. Water should never be frozen or fouled with feed, dirt or manure. Goats are finicky; they will drink enough to live, but if you wouldn’t drink their water, chances are they are not drinking as much of it as they should be.

Since increased water intake can help reduce the potential for urinary calculi, water intake should always be encouraged. Increased water consumption will help flush excess minerals out of the kidneys, which helps prevent stones from forming. Likewise, goats should never be deprived of water or held off of water prior to shows (a practice that some follow to make a goat’s muscles look more defined). This greatly increases the risk of forming urinary stones. 
Getting to Know Purina® Noble Goat® Dairy Parlor 16
Purina® Noble Goat® Dairy Parlor 16 is an all-natural*, fully fortified pelleted feed designed for optimum milk production in lactating dairy goats. Its special formula delivers the nutrition and performance your goat needs and provides the difference in overall growth and health you expect from Purina Mills. The ingredients found in all Noble Goat® products are carefully selected based on Purina’s® expert research, so you know that you’re getting quality, productivity, and value in each bag.

  • Nutritionally balanced: provides the proper balance of high-quality proteins, vitamins, minerals and other nutrients
  • Appetizing, high quality ingredients: consistent quality ensures top performance and goat acceptability
  • Diamond V® Yeast Culture: helps maximize feed digestion and stabilizes rumen fermentation during stress
  • Availa-4® minerals: balanced combination of organic zinc, manganese, copper and cobalt for optimum growth and immune system support
  • Pelleted: minimal separation of ingredients, easy to handle
Remember that feed consumption will vary with life stage, environment, and activity. Also, be sure adequate amounts of fresh, clean water are always available. This product is available regionally, so please check with your local Purina Mills dealer for ordering details.

*with added vitamins, minerals and amino acids

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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Raleigh City Council says yes to pygmy goats

Raleigh City Council says yes to pygmy goats
Raleigh, NC — The Raleigh City Council on Tuesday approved legislation to allow residents to keep two pygmy goats on lots less than one acre.

How to Raise Dairy Goats for Milk

How to Raise Dairy Goats for Milk
Learn the basics of keeping dairy goats for milk on the small farm, homestead or hobby farm. Is keeping milk goats right for you?

New Does Ultra- Sounded Pregnant

Three Does Confirmed Pregnant 10/2/12 by ultra-sound due in January 2013
Need to get current pictures - Sorry

Amber Waves Camille
Sire: Proverbial Pygmies Pursuit
Dam: Twilight Ranch Jewels By Tiffany
First Time Freshener

Proverbial Pygmies Amelia
Sire: Ash-Ana Acres Tomahawk
Dam: Proverbial Pygmies Nitesnwhitesatin

Amber Waves Coraline
Sire: Citrus Lane Pygmies Hulk
Dam: Amber Waves Last Kiss

Tuesday, October 2, 2012


Small Ruminant Rumen acidosis due to grain overload was the cause of death in three, 2‐month‐old Boer kids and illness in several other kids. Clinical signs included diarrhea, excess thirst, lethargy and some animals progressed to ataxia, moaning and bloat. Preceding the onset of signs, kids housed with their dams had escaped from their pen and consumed 3‐way grain fed to the pigs. Rumen pH of 4.5 (very acidic) and rumenitis were found in all three kids at necropsy.

Avocado toxicosis caused heart necrosis and death in a 3‐month‐old Pygmy goat that was found down with labored breathing. Pieces of avocado leaves were identified in the rumen confirming exposure. Avocado trees were present on the property where the goat was housed. Leaves, fruits, and seeds of Guatemalan avocado cultivar and its hybrids have been shown to be toxic, with the leaves especially so. The toxin in the plant is known as persin. High doses of persin cause acute cardiac damage whereas lower doses result in non‐infectious mastitis in lactating animals; goats seem to be particularly sensitive to the mammary effects of the toxin. There is no specific treatment for affected animals; activated charcoal is recommended if it can be given relatively soon after exposure.

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