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AFRICAN PYGMY GOAT

Goats are believed to be among the earliest domesticated animals. They were needed for their milk, skins, and meat. Pygmy Goats are a small, compact breed of goat with their legs, neck, and head being relatively short in relation to body length. The body circumference in relation to height and weight is proportionally greater than that of other goats. They were first imported into the U.S. in 1959 and they are now raised as livestock, pets, 4-H projects, or as educational exhibits at zoos. They are hardy, alert, and playful with even temperaments and a love for people and other goats. These goats are precocious breeders, bearing one to four young every nine to twelve months after a five month gestation period. Newborn kids will nurse almost immediately, begin eating grain and roughage within a week, and are weaned by three months of age.