(a brief summary – complete details can be found here)
Pygora kids can be “pre-registered” prior to growing in their adult fleece but cannot be permanently registered until their adult fleece grows in – usually between 7-12 mos of age. Pre-registration requires a side view photo of the kid between birth and 3 or 4 weeks of age, a completed application and a small fee. White kids reliably grow in a white fleece, but other colored kids can grow brown, grey or caramel or white fleeces. It’s also difficult to determine with certainty if a young kid’s adult fleece will be an “A”, “B”, or “C” type.
For permanent registration, the Pygora Breeders Association (PBA) Registrar needs a side-view photo of the goat “out of fleece”, a side view photo of the goat “in fleece”, and a fleece sample clipped from the tip of the fiber to the skin, from anywhere along the animal’s side (between the shoulder and hip). Because it can take 6-12 months for a goat to fully grow in their adult fleece, kids born to registered Pygora parents can be pre-registered until the fleece sample and “in fleece” photo can be taken.
Steps for Registration:
- If a kid has been pre-registered, the original pre-registration certificate is sent in along with the “in-fleece” photo and a fleece sample.
- If a kid was not pre-registered at an early age, the “in-fleece” photo and fleece sample need to be accompanied by a registration application, an “out-of-fleece” (sheared) side view photo, and a small application fee.
Sample Registration Photos:
Normal goat health
- Temperature = 102.5 – 104 – This varies depending on the temperature of the goat’s surroundings.
- Pulse rate = 70 – 80 beats per minute
- Respiration =15 to 30 per minute
- Rumen (stomach) movements = 1 – 1.5 per minute
- Puberty = 7 weeks – 8 months (separate bucks from young does at 2 month)
- Estrus/Heat Cycle = 17 to 23 days
- Gestation = 143 to 155 days
- Life span:
- Does = 11-12 years average age, but… usually the death in does is kidding related. Does that are “retired” from breeding around age 10 live longer: 16-18 years
- Wethers = 11-16 years average age
- Bucks = 8-10 average age – bucks usually live shorter lives than does and wethers due to the stresses of going into rut each year.
- Full growth size: Most goats do not reach their full size until they are about three years of age. (They keep growing for about three years)