Ready to purchase your Miniature Goats?
The MGBA has some fantastic breeders that will make your experience a wonderful one but just being registered with an organisation or association doesn’t vouch for the quality of the breeder or his/her practices in some cases. This is up to a buyer to navigate. We have selected some of the top advise and information we give new owners ready to choose, pay, collect and take home their new additions. We hope you find this helpful to help navigate you in your Miniature Goat journey once you have decided to go forward with a purchase no matter which Association, Club, Group or media you purchase from.
Rule Number 1: Get a receipt and as much as you can in writing (Email or text) and keep all records of correspondence in a file. This may help you in case you need this information for registrations, proof of parentage or if you have an issue with a seller down the track. .
If you are thinking of breeding with your purchase or grading is important to you, please read the following.
GROWTH- Miniature Goats will have the bulk of their growth happen between 0 to 2 years of age if they are well fed and receive their nutrients. Once animals are over 2 growth slows down and an animal may not grow much more or will only pick up an extra cm or so.
Miniature goats can be stunted in height if they are not given proper vitamins and minerals and feed from the breeder. This will mean that a small goat, even an older animal you take home once fed correct feed will have large growth spurts as their body catches up with nutrients. Some animals can be so badly stunted they may not grow but may be prone to illnesses and disease due to malnutrition.
HEIGHTS: ALL Miniature Goats must meet requirements for their breed to be eligible. For young stock (0-3yrs), you may see breeders advertising “potential Grade” in advertisements. Please note to receive this “potential grade” regardless if they were born to two registered adult parents, the animal itself must meet height requirements for that grade to receive it or they will drop down the grading system to a grade they meet requirements for. When buying animals under 3 years you are only buying “potential” grades.
PARENTS UNDER 3 YEARS –
Australian Miniature Goat and Nuwby Goats from parents under 3 years of age does come with risk if you are wanting to breed. Due to Australian Miniature Goat breed using parents grades for offspring to grade up at 3 years of age, if a parent of the animal you purchased passes away or is sold off and not graded by the new owner at 3 years all offspring of that animal grading will be affected.
Nigerian Dwarf and Pygmy do not rely on parents heights to grade up only their own so this issue does not affect these breeds. .
Prior To Paying:
Paying a Deposit? Confirm in writing if this is refundable or non-refundable.
Registration Status – Confirm if the animal is currently registered. If a baby goat this may not be the case yet. There would be no reason a goat from the age of 3 months is not registered so buyer beware.
Health – Ask if the goat has had any major illnesses or recent issues you should know about.
Height – For animals over 6 months ask for a “current” height for the animal you are purchasing (not the last height taken, goats grow allot from this age). Adult animals over 3 years can also vary from what is on their registration certificate so ask for a current height on all animals over 6 months so you know what you are getting.
Grades And Percentages: If Grading or percentage breeding (how many generations of miniature behind an animal or how much genetics in bloodline) is important to you or if you are thinking of breeding, visit the MGBA web site for the breed you are buying and learn about the grading system.
Horns – Check the status of the animals horns for your preference if you have one. Dehorned or horned.
Temperament – Ask questions about the animals temperament. Cuddles or no cuddles, bucket feeding or hand feeding etc.
Behavior Problems – For animals over 6 months, ask the seller if the animal has any behavior problems like jumping fences or nasty temperament.
Pregnant Animals – Get in writing (email or text) if your female goat over the age of 3 months (normal breeding age is 12 -18months) has been running with a buck and if so the name of the buck. Confirm if this is the case the seller will provide you with a service certificate at time of pick up to prove parentage. We recommend you firmly ask for this as if the doe does end up being in kid it can sometimes be harder to get a certificate from a breeder long after the sale is over or the breeder no longer breeds goats and is out of the industry. Cover yourself and your offspring.
Prior To Pick Up Day:
Feed – Ask what feeding is required and have this ready and set up for when your goats get home.
Health – Get in writing (email or text ) the updated health of your animal if you can.
Preparation – Double check you have company, shelter, fencing, water and feed ready for your new addition.
Pick Up Day
- The animal is what you have seen in the picture, The animals looks healthy, height is what you expected, horns are as described and personality was accurately described by the breeder. If you are concerned about the height it is not unreasonable to ask the breeder to measure the goat before you pay.
- The breeder has filled out a waybill ready for movement of the animal off their property to yours. If they have not ask them to fill out an emergency one online. You could be fined traveling with livestock and no travel documents.
- The animal has an ear tag in place as per state requirements for movement of livestock and MGBA registration requirements.
- You have a Service Certificate for your doe if running with a buck or pregnant.
- Request up to date information on the registration status of the animal and when you will receive registration papers. Ask which registrar they will be or have sent paperwork to so if you need to you can follow up.
- 6. You have been advised of the kind of food the animal has been on, milk replacer etc for babies.
REMEMBER: IF YOU HAVE NOT PAID FOR THE ANIMAL IN FULL AND YOU ARE NOT HAPPY WITH WHAT YOU ARE PRESENTED AT ON THE DAY, YOU ARE NOT REQUIRED TO GO THROUGH WITH THE SALE. Ask the breeder for your deposit back if the animal is not as described in your correspondence. If non compliance by the breeder you may need to contact Department of Fair Trading.
- Lots of cuddles and excitement for the rest of the day!
After the Sale:
Enjoy your new purchase, allow some time for you animals to settle in and get use to you and their new environment. 2 weeks is a good guide. If you have any concerns regarding health please contact the breeder ASAP in written form (Email). This way you can prove communication occurred in a particular time frame and what was discussed. If it is urgent please ring a vet or the breeder and do not wait for reply to Email, a goats health is more important.
Many breeders are very helpful and will be more than happy to answer your questions. If you need extra help and are a new member you can always ask via the members message board.