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About Pygmy Goats

The Pygmy Goat

The familiar “Pygmy” goat is actually a generalized term from the pygmy goat club UK of numerous variations which originated from Africa. Possibly the most similar in type is the West African which is a small short legged, barrel shaped little animal. There is another type which is more like a miniature version of a dairy goat, being slender and more proportionate in size called the Nigerian Dwarf, which is less common over here. For me I like to think of it as the dairy version and the West African as the beef due to its cobby type.

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The Boer Goat

The distinctively marked Boer goat with its chestnut red head and white body is native of Africa. They first arrived in Great Britain in 1987, and there have been several importations since. At present, there is only one imported registered herd in Northern Ireland and, due to the import restrictions; this is unlikely to change in the near future.

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