Australian All Breeds Miniature Goat Society Inc.


INC#: IA41987
HEAD OFFICE: 833 Gatton Clifton Road, Ma Ma Creek. Qld. 4347

Australian Miniature Goat

While goats were transported to Australia in 1788 with the First Fleet to be used as a source of meat, milk and fibre in the new colony, goats may have arrived in Australia even earlier as survivors of shipwrecks or deliberately released from visiting ships as a future food source. Regardless of which were the earliest arrivals, and whether deliberately released or escaped, some of these goats survived, became feral, and adapted to the Australian environment, becoming the foundation stock for what is now known as the Australian Bush Goat.
Australian Bush Goats are widely distributed throughout Australia and today are predominantly found in the scrub lands of Queensland, New South Wales, South Australia and Western Australia.
Australian Bush Goats come in a variety of different colours and colour combinations. Their coats vary from short to long and flowing, and from thin to thick and woolly in texture. Their growth and breeding rate depends on their environment. Animals with sufficient food supply and a suitable environment can grow much larger than others living in harsher more arid areas.
Many people over the years have captured Bush Goats for a variety of reasons and some have bred on with these goats and domesticated their young. Australian Miniature Goats are direct descendants of the Australian Bush Goats.
In 2003 a group of Australian Bush Goat enthusiasts joined together to form the Australian Miniature Goat Association (AMGA) to set height standards for Miniature Goats and to promote them as a 'designer pet breed' to the broader public. Since 2003 there have been many people involved in continuing to breed and improve the quality of the Australian Bush Goat, both in the AMGA and in other groups that have formed since. Some breeders have crossed Australian Bush Goats with smaller domestic goats such as Cashmeres, and others have crossed them with larger breeds such as Boers and Anglo Nubians in order to introduce some of the characteristics of these breeds into their miniature stock.
The hard work and dedication of many breeders past and present have created the diverse breed known today as the Australian Miniature Goat.
In March 2014 a number of miniature goat breeders recognised the potential of crossing Australian Miniature Goats with the larger varieties to create scaled-down versions of the larger dairy, meat and fibre breeds: Goats that could be productive in various ways like the larger breeds, but more easily managed, and suited to hobby farms, like the Australian Miniature Goat.
Similar "miniaturisation" projects have already been undertaken in the United States by crossing the Nigerian Dwarf Goat with larger dairy breeds to produce mid-sized versions of these larger breeds. The recent arrival of the Nigerian Dwarf and American Pygmy goat breeds to Australia offers even more potential for new breed development in this country.
In Australia the existing Miniature Goat organisations only catered for 'designer pet' Miniatures with show height limits for adult bucks up to 63.5cm and does 57cm. In order to promote the development of new goat breeds in Australia, and to provide a Registry that could include new breeds in the process of development, a new organisation was needed, and so the Australian All Breeds of Miniature Goat Society Inc. (AABMGS) was formed.
The AABMGS, in consultation with those members working to develop a particular breed, will create a set of standards for each individual breed as the need arises. The AABMGS also includes the Australian Miniature Goat among the breeds it registers and promotes, recognising it not only for the role it can play in 'miniaturising' other breeds, but also as a significant breed in its own right.

Australian Miniature Goat Grading Standards.

Height Guide when breeding a NEW line of Miniature Goats with Unknown Breeding.

Heights will be reviewed  and adjusted on a yearly basis once more data is gathered during the developmental stages.


Foundation
Any Australian Bush Goat or small goat with no registered parents and or of unknown breeding can be registered as a Foundation breeding animal. If the date of birth is unknown a photo of the goat's teeth must be submitted with other information as a way to determine the goats approximate age. If animals exceed the maximum height of 65.5cm for a Buck and 63.5cm for a Doe by the age of 3 years they will be considered Over Height for Australian Miniature Breeding.


Generation 1 
An animal with one registered parent or parents which have exceeded the maximum height allowance for a Generation 1/Foundation
Does not to exceed 63.5cm and bucks do not exceed 65.5cm


Generation 2 (D Grade)

An animal with both parents which are registered no lower than a Generation 1
Does not to exceed 63.5cm and Bucks not to exceed 65.5cm


Generation 3 (C Grade)
An animal with both parents which are registered no lower than a Generation 2
Does not to exceed 61.5cm and Bucks not to exceed 63.5cm


Generation 4 (B Grade)
An animal with both parents which are registered no lower than a Generation 3
Does not to exceed 60cm and Bucks not to exceed 61.5cm


Generation 5 (A Grade)
An animal with both parents which are registered no lower than a Generation 4
Does not to exceed 59cm and Bucks not to exceed 61cm


Generation 6 (Purebred)
An animal with both parents which are registered no lower than a Generation 5
Does not to exceed 58cm and Bucks not to exceed 60cm


* All Heights are subject to change as the breed develops. 

Last Updated 19/06/2016


 

Australian Miniature Goat Price Guide

This is just a guide and prices vary depending on Pedigree, Generation Number and Quality. Prices also vary from State to State.


Bucks -        $300 to $1800

Does -         $350 to $1000

Wethers -    $100 to $  300