Due to their size and character, Pygmy goats have become very popular as pets. As with all breeds of goats, Pygmy goats are ruminants but because of their small stature, it is important to be aware that they do have specific nutritional requirements that should be considered to keep them in good health.
It is not uncommon for pygmy goats to pile on the pounds, so to ensure your pygmy goats do not put on too much weight it is important to use a low calorie/energy feed. Our Pygmy Goat Mix was the first feed to be specifically formulated to meet the requirements of pygmy goats. It has been specially designed to be high in fibre and low in energy, to mimic their natural diet. This does not, however, make it your average diet food as it includes fruit and vegetables such as Carrot, apple and pineapple as well as mint and fenugreek to make it a truly tasty feed to tempt even the fussiest eaters!
The Smallholder Range Pygmy Goat Mix has been created to ensure your pygmy goats are provided with a balance of essential vitamins and minerals. This includes a correct ratio of calcium and phosphorous, which is important to minimise the risk of urinary stones. Unfortunately, this condition is not uncommon in pygmy goats as many males are kept as wethers, which increases their susceptibility due to having a narrower urethra.
Just like all our feeds, Pygmy Goat Mix is produced in our own drug-free mill and contains only the highest quality, non-genetically modified ingredients. It is also vegan approved by the Vegetarian Society, which means it contains no animal derived ingredients.
In addition to a suitable pygmy goat feed, it is also important to ensure your goats are provided with access to plenty of forage and browsing material such as hay as well shrubs and branches (hawthorn, hazel and brambles are popular). This will help to keep their digestive system healthy and will satisfy their natural browsing behaviour. Encouraging your pygmy goat to chew stimulates saliva production and encourages rumination, which helps to excrete phosphorus safely from the body via urine/faeces. It’s essential to always provide access to clean fresh water too.
With a good quality specifically formulated pygmy goat feed in place, alongside lots of interesting forage and browsing material and with access to clean fresh water, your pygmy goats should have everything they need to keep them happy and healthy!