We are based in Victor Harbor, South Australia.
Like many people I stumbled upon Australian Miniature Goats by chance. From the day my first two does arrived I was hooked! It's so exciting to be involved in contributing to a breed which is rapidly gaining popularity.
In 2019 we expanded to include a herd of Pure Bred dairy goats incorporating; British Alpine, Toggenburg and predominately Angalo Nubian Goats. We milk the herd morning and night.
The opportunity to source genetics and shape my own herds to reflect the attributes most important to my interests whilst embracing the breed standards and striving for perfection is just exhilarating! Join me and fall in love with these beautiful charismatic animals.
Our latest challenge and exciting addition to the farm is the arrival of our first litter of miniature pigs! We are looking forward to exploring the wonders of these beautiful intelligent little animals further in 2021 so stay tuned and buckle in for the crazy ride!
BE INFORMED >>
Please please please do your research to see if these adorable animals will suit your lifestyle before you buy. It is a big commitment and your animals will be relying on you for their health, well being and attention for the rest of its life. The internet is a great place to start. You can also speak to or email breeders and there are some great books available but nothing beats a visit to studs and seeing for yourself.
MINI GOTAS ~ may need to have it's feed supplemented with a mix of hay and grain to stay healthy during different times of the year. They also need mineral blocks and salt licks. They generally don't thrive on grass alone unless it's of very high quality as their mineral requirements are much higher than other grazing animals such as sheep or cows.
~WARNING TO BUYERS~
Please also be aware that there are a number of different breeds currently available in Australia, some of which may have been crossed with other larger breeds of goat so know what you're buying. They are all beautiful in their own way but If it's advertised as a % find out what the other % is or you may not end up with a true miniature goat. This also goes for sellers claiming what they have is a miniature goat with no proof such as registration papers. I have seen many cases where baby goats are sold as minis then go on to be large when fully grown to unsuspecting buyers.
DAIRY GOATS ~ require MUCH more supplement feeding with a lot more grain in their diet to sustain milk production and their body condition. They also have a very large fibre requirement so quality hay is critical.
MINI PIGS ~ need access to fresh clean water at all times and have a habit of knocking over buckets. They require a varied diet of fruit, veggies, grass, hay and grain but please note it is illegal to feed them meat or products that have come into contact with meat. They are built for digging the earth. It is a very natural behaviour for them so please be prepared for this and ensure their fences are extremely strong as they can place a huge amount of pressure on barriers. They also need lots of water in the hot months to make a wallow and stay cool and must have somewhere to get into the shade.
There are a number of dedicated breeders in SA and of course throughout Australia that would welcome you if you decide to start your own herd, either Miniature or the full sized dairy goats. Great support and knowledge is available to help you get established. You have but to ask :-)
I can't stress this enough, buy your miniature or dairy goat from a registered breeder and GET YOUR PAPERS (unless specifically buying un registered dairy goats). If you don't have papers or if the breeder isn't registered the animal has no genetic information you can use to verify its heritage and/or mature height. Ask for copies of CAE & JD testing before purchase or you could end up with an infected animal which could be a death sentence for it and any other ruminant it is in contact with.
GOATS GLORIOUS GOATS & PRECIOUS PIGGIES>>
Don't hesitate to contact me.
To get specifically what you are after you may need to pop your name down early. These are very popular animals. If I can't help you with what your are looking for I may be able to get you in touch with another breeder who can.
We are proudly registered breeders with MGA - Miniature Goats Australia. I am also a financial member of the DGSA (Dairy Goats Society of Australia) and am on the executive committee for both groups (South Australian branch for the DGSA). So please contact me if you'd like any further information on joining.
ABOUT US >>
WE ARE SUPER PROUD OF OUR ANIMALS & HAVE NOW ADDED DAIRY GOATS & MINI PIGS TO OUR FARM >>
Our first focus and passion was the Australian Miniature Goat, Australia's original and true mini goat. We are committed to improving, promoting and preserving the breed and exploring the diversity within. As such we do not have any Pygmy or Nigerian x's within the genetics of our herd. We believe in the movement towards establishing the Australian Miniatures as a Pure Breed in its own right and the integrity of the genetics which has got us to within easy reach of this future goal.
These beautiful little animals make the perfect pets. They are wonderful with children when they are hand reared or dam raised and handled regularly and they make fantastic companions. They are very social animals and must go in pairs unless you have other goats for company. Affectionate, cute, inquisitive and full of character! Each animal has its own very distinctive personality. Wethers and does make the best pets. Entire bucks are best left for breeding as they can get pretty smelly when they come into rut, we do not sell bucks as pets.
Please be aware that mini goats, dairy goats or mini pigs are not suitable for a residential backyard. 1/4 an acre for a pair of mini goats is the minimum we suggest.
All our young goats are de-horned for their safety and your own. We regularly vaccinate and trim their hooves to help keep them in good condition plus ear tag all our stock as required by law. We also drench and treat for lice if needed. In addition we also supplement feed our animals when required and allow them 24/7 access to fresh water and mineral blocks/loose minerals which are vital for their continued good health. They must all have access to draught free shelter as goats hate the rain and can get sick if left in the elements! Young kids also need to be protected from predators like foxes, eagles and dogs.
Miniature goats are perfect on small lifestyle acreage as well as bigger properties and we have found them to be very kind on the fences if they are content with company, routines, food and shelter. They will test them though so they need to be tight and at least 1.2 metres tall and tight enough they can't squeeze underneath. There are some exceptions. Bottle babies in our experience who seek out your company tend to be more mischievous. You must start with strong fences they cannot get through, under or over because if they can get out it can be an extremely difficult habit to break!!
You can mix minis with your existing pets as they are very companionable and get along well with most other animals if your careful and depending on the individuals natures. Do beware of adult does with kids around though as ours will not tolerate the dogs at this time getting too close (protective mode kicks in). You will still need a minimum of 2 goats though as they are very socially reliant on each other.
These little gems come in a huge variety of shapes and colours and must be under 63.5 cm for a buck at 3 years old or 57cm for does when 3 years of age to be registered as a graded miniature goat with MGA. We are proudly registered with the MGA - Miniature Goats Australia and you can find very valuable information on their website which can be accessed through our 'Links' page. Being part of this association allows us to show and be involved in some fantastic events and we would recommend you consider joining, even as a social member if you are keen to become involved with this wonderful breed.
Another love of mine is gardening and the goats help out whenever they can. A little nibble here and the trimming of a rose bush there...
A home grown veggie patch is a great asset to a goat/pig owner. They love fresh food, but only in small amounts at any one time so you don't upset their tummies. It is not wise to let them gorge themselves on new feed, introduce it slowly otherwise you could really upset the balance of their stomach. Please take care to be familiar with what is toxic to your animals though as it is certainly very false that they can eat anything and some very common plants can be deadly so please BEWARE and always check before giving them anything your not certain of!