Australia's latest pet craze: Mini Goats
WHEN it comes to quirky family pets, miniature goats are the new kids on the block.
About half the height of a normal goat, the mini version only grows to about knee-height.
Fe Everett, from Zodiac Mini Goats, one of the biggest breeders in NSW, says these pint-sized larrikins will bounce off objects and provide their owners with hours of fun.
"We have a mother and daughter who love playing on the dog kennels," she says. "They run from one to the other - we call it Game of Thrones."
She says miniature goats would make a great addition to any family with the space to accommodate them.
"They are full of personality," she says. "If we are mowing in the paddock they try to get on the mower. They are really friendly and make great pets."
Australia has its own breed of miniature goat, the Aussie Mini Goat, developed by Sue Ludwig, founder of the Mini Goat Breeders Association of Australia. They were bred as a pet, rather than for livestock production.
There are now thousands of miniature goats registered in Australia.
Everett is part of the Mini Goat Breeders Association of Australia, which is bringing some of the best miniature goats from across Australia to the second day of the Camden Show this Saturday.
She says there is a great demand for miniature goats as they are so easy to contain and handle, and they are kid-friendly with a great temperament.
"Like dogs you can train them, they are really smart," Everett says. "And because of their small size there is a low impact to the land."
Zodiac Mini Goats, which has 60 mini goats and is in its fourth breeding season, was the first stud in NSW to start breeding the Nigerian dwarf, one of two new breeds introduced to Australia in the past couple of years.
This dairy goat has the highest butter fat content of any goat and can produce up to 1.8 litres of milk per day.
The other new breed is the pygmy miniature goat.
Check with your local council for regulations around keeping goats.