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Meet our Goats

Hazel and Julie Marie Photo Courtesy of Jeff Ackerman

A pygmy goat makes a great farm pet!  They are the type of goats we have in our corral.  The pygmy is perfect for our campground and our changing seasons as they are known to adapt well to climates.  Let’s take a closer look into the history of these cute gals.

This miniature domestic goat breed was spawned from the west African dwarf goat in Africa, transported by the British during the Colonial Era to Europe and then imported to the United States in the 1950’s to be used specifically for zoos and animal research.  Once in the United States they were found to be ideal animals for petting zoos and pets as they are meek, mild and friendly.

One feature that sets our nannies, or female goats, apart are their coloring.  There are seven breed standard approved colors for United States pygmies: caramel with black markings, caramel with brown markings, brown agouti (a gene that controls the distribution of black pigment in the hair of animals), grey agouti, black agouti, black with white markings, and solid black.  This type of miniature goat loves greens and grains for their diet.  They require fresh water, a shed, open area to jump and play and a companion but not necessarily of the same species.

Driftstone has had a number of pygmy goats over the years and even had the opportunity to raise goats from birth, an unexpected surprise with the adoption of a goat.  Hazel is one of those baby goats, born February 16, 2011. Julie Marie was gifted to Driftstone in November 2009 when she was 8 months old.  These special pets are a fun addition to the campground. Children of all ages greet them with treats such as lettuce, carrots and apples.

Reference:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pygmy_goat