Trinity Pygmy Goats
A proud member of NPGAA
The Association exclusively for the Pygmy Goat breeder in Australia
Origin of the Pygmy
The Pygmy Breed were taken to Europe primarily by the British during the colonial era.
They were later imported into the United States from European zoos in the 1950s. Initially they were only displayed in the zoos and used in ruminant research programs. They were eventually acquired by private breeders and quickly gained popularity as pets and exhibition animals.
The first pygmy Genetics was imported from Texas into Australia in 2014 by Semtech ABS.
In Australia they are fast becoming a popular back-yard pets due to their good-natured personalities, friendliness and hardy constitution.
Two of the Imported bucks
MV P Mike
T. Nancy Regan. 62.5% perfection
Foxy Bell. An embryo Donor
Goose Meadows Preston
Adult USA does
Trinity Joe Raff
Grand Son of Foxy Bell
Mike, Mike , Mike and more Mike.
The question I am often asked is what is the idea of constantly using the same sire and his sons in pedigrees.
Is it inbreeding?
Is it line breeding?
Are there problems?
In 1983 Elders Breeding Service(EBS) Tongala, Imported USA Holstein semen. We made Sons to progeny test, we also made high production Heifers. So now how to breed the top heifer portion. Put them to their father or another import.
If EBS was not a farm making milk or dairy cows, where out crossing would be normal. EBS was a Bull Breeding Centre. Population geneticists were consulted to come up with the course of action.
It was for EBS to heavily line breed so that the dairy farmer could use our tightly bound lines, allowing our clients to do the out crossing.
The alternative option was for EBS to mix lines together now, so that daughter studs have no where to go other than a big mix.
The other reason for tightly binding a sire in the one line is because the daughter studs are using them on does that are from a totally different genetic population. The progeny will be a very diverse line showing immense variability and strength.
Because the Miniature goat Breeders have been so diligent in working to breed small goats, it appears easy to utilize them to incorporate the half dozen characteristics particular to the Pygmy. The characteristics are easily visible and simply selected for in breeding programs.
At this stage of the industry, where importations require the death of the donors, I will be breeding Mike to his relatives more times in the future, to try and recreate him. Geneticists call this test mating to the extreme. In some ways if he is carrying a lethal gene or cull fault it will become evident.
And the amazing thing about breeding a doe to her father one year, does not mean I have to repeat that mating over and over for ever. When the time comes about and she has done what she needs to do, she may be more suitable in another stud where her contribution may be in another direction altogether
Trinity Gurrumul Yunupingu
An interesting observation. , As Trinity G Yunupingu gets a bit of age on him, not only is his coat length increasing but his face pattern has altered
Trinity Spots Alot
What is an Omar Goat.?
In 2012 I performed an AI program for a gentleman named Rod Omar. He wanted me to use a 3 legged small Nubian over a number of his miniature goats.
We both departed that day with a great appreciation of each others endeavours.
Rod was incredibly excited of my plan to import USA genetics and I was blown away with the crazy colours and excellent type of goat he was breeding.
Unfortunately Rod was suffering from cancer that was to rob him of his dream. He asked me if I would continue his project by taking on his stock.
The decision was made easier knowing that the WA Government had a very strict policy to maintain the highest health status of all regions in Australia. Rather than buy does from numerous mini studs 'Trinity' could commence with a very'clean' start, was very inviting.
Three months later 45 does were trucked from WA to Vic, to mother two generations of Pygmy cross kids.
I do not believe I have taken the longer path to reduce size, and have made the responsible decision to ensure that all progeny should be anatomically correct. Correct confirmation is important at any time, but especially at the beginning of a breed. Of all characteristics size appears to be the most highly inheritable and easy to visualise. and therefore to select for.
Spots are an Omar influenmce