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In Reply to: mixing breeds posted by justine on August 15, 2001 at 18:34:28:
Do not breed her to anything but a pygmy or nigerian dwarf buck! Even if she is not full pygmy she is probably too small to safely deliver a big dairy or meat goat type kid. Pygmies can be up to 23 inches tall at the shoulder, is she really too small to be a pygmy? You might be surprized. The National Pygmy Goat Association does not recognize pygmy goats that have been "bred up" to purebred, although they do allow for progeny testing for registry. A pygmy type doe is bred to three registered pygmy bucks and ALL of the resulting kids are compared to the breed standard. If the kids are deemed to be pure pygmy type then they and their dam can be registered. The cost is high $350.00 just to start the process. The AGS also registers pygmies and they may allow the breeding up to purebred. But hardly anyone registers pygmies with the AGS anymore, or they dual register with the AGS and NPGA. Better to buy a purebred to start with. Breed her to a decent pygmy type buck and sell the kids for pets.
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