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Miniature Goat

The Miniature Goat Breeders Association (MGBA) is the leading breed Association for the Australian Miniature Goat in Australia. A non-profit membership organisation, with members nation wide the MGBA was established in 2007 by the founder of the breed along with the help of a handful of foundation breeders. The Association’s focus is on perfecting and promoting the breed through maintaining strict breed standards and holding breed shows and displays Australia wide.

The MGBA has strict Grading and Height guidelines to maintain the integrity of the breed while still being attainable for breeders.

AMMENDMENT TO BETTER HOMES AND GARDENS EPISODE 12/9/2014. We would like to announce that there was an error in Mini Goat prices mentioned on this episode. The below are an idea of prices of Miniature Goats around Australia that has been in place since 2000.
Wethers (Desexed Males) - $100 to $350 - depending on breeding, size, age, show quality, colour and type. More for show wethers.
Females - Average $250 to $850 - upwards depending on breeding, size, age, show quality, colour and type.

Bucks - Prices vary
We are grateful for the opportunity to have the breed on TV. THANKS Better Homes and Gardens and THANKS Dr Harry!! Thankyou to Sue Ludwig from Patona Park whos stud this was filmed at. Please find a list of breeders in the "find a breeder" section and on our Classifieds board.

Australian Miniature Goat

about mini goats
The Australian Miniature Goat is an Australian breed that is a genetically small animal that has been developed by pairing carefully selected smaller stature animals of excellent type with small Australian bush goats to ensure hardiness of animals. They are a "Designer Breed" with impeccable temperaments that come in all colours and combinations. Although Australian Miniature Goats are not scaled down versions of their larger counterparts, their conformation is similar to that of the larger breeds, with all parts of the body in balanced proportion relative to their size.
While the breed is still under development, with breeders continuing to work on both refinement of type and reduction of height an MGBA registered Australian Miniature Goat has a maximum height allowance of 63.5cm with the majority of animals currently in Australia averaging 52cm to 60cm

 

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UP AND COMING EVENTS BY STATE ...

new South Wales

DARCAL FARM
0438735056 Email For more information

SINGLETON SHOW - FRIDAY 26th SEPTEMBER 2014. FINISHED

Are you in NSW? Love the look of Miniature Goats and looking for something to do this weekend? 26th and 27th September. The SINGLETON SHOW is on and DARCAL FARM STUD will be there with a Mini Goat display. The lovely Letitia Ford would love you to drop in to say "Hi" and have a chat. DARCAL FARM will have some select baby goats for sale to approved homes. Need directions? please visit this link to all thinks SINGLETON SHOW..... http://www.singletonshow.com/

MGBA ANNUAL CHRISTMAS MINGLE 2014 - MGBA members and their guests - HOST IS SHERWOOD PARK - Restaurant/time/place to be announced.

 

 


 


Victoria
Breed shows for 2014 listed on show page.
Mini Goat get together 2014
- Open to all Mini Goat enthusiasts - KAWINKIDINK STUD (VIC state representative) - Saturday 12th July 2014. Lardner, VIC. Email Sam Doyle-Cox for details.

GOATEE GATHERING - Saturday the 20 th of September. HOSTED BY EPPALOCK RISE STUD
The day will kick off at 12:30 for a sausage sizzle lunch which Marilyn has kindly offered to provide. Please just bring yourself, a drink & a chair. Besides a gabble and many other topics which will include show prep as we're getting close to the start of our Spring/ Summer show season. There might be a couple of other fun & interesting things happening on the day!! RSVP to Marilyn on 0457 599 860
It's the first weekend of the school holidays and kids are welcome.
FINISHED

MGBA ANNUAL CHRISTMAS MINGLE 2014 - MGBA members and their guests - HOST IS KAWINKIDINK STUD (VIC state representative) - Restaurant/time/place to be announced.

Mini Goat get together 2015 - Possibly hosted.

 

Queensland

Breed shows for 2014 listed on show page.
Meet the m
ini day - Junabel Stud - Sunday 6th July 2014. 10am to 3pm. Mini Goat display and Mini Goat races. Coowonga, QLD

MINI GOAT 2 DAY WORKSHOP- September 20th and 21st 2014. Hoof trimming, disbudding, ear tagging, vaccinations, clipping for show, show prep, show procedure (handler class)  ringing horns and wethering. People are invited to bring their own goats to be done as long as they supply their own pens.  Also Kim (MGBA President) from Bundaller Stud is doing a soap making demo. Open to all Mini Goat enthusiasts -SERENDIPITY STUD - Blackbutt, QLD. Email Margaret for details and to book in as they need to organise catering. Bring a tent for a goatee weekend if you want! FINISHED

We would love to see members come and catch up with each other at the "new" annual Christmas dinner. Other states will also be holding their own each year and members from any state can jump across and join in with any or all.

An awesome way to get to know new and old breeders and actually have time to sit down and have a good goat chat and connect face to face! 

Bring your family. Members will be required to pay for their own meals. Linda has picked an affordable venue for all. Please book numbers with Linda at lindathevegetarian@bigpond.com

We are making oppotunities for breeders to get to meet and have a laugh so please support this event if you can. 


 

Western Australia

MINI GOAT GET TOGETHER- Open to all Mini Goat enthusiasts - PLUMBAGO STUD (WA state representative) - Bullsbrook, WA, Saturday, September 13th 2014 at 1.30pm Email Chris Falconer for details. FINISHED

TOODYAY SHOW - Mini Goat Presentation by Plumbago Stud (WA State representative) - (08)95711260 Toodyay Show grounds Website - Saturday 11th October 2014. FINISHED
SWANVIEW SHOW - Mini Goat Display by WA Breeders. Swanview Show grounds- Website Sunday 16th November 2014. Contact Bronwyn Gavlik from ROBERTSVALE STUD on 0410 323 082 or Email
MGBA ANNUAL CHRISTMAS MINGLE 2014 - MGBA members and their guests - HOST IS PLUMBAGO STUD (WA state representative) - Venue to be announced, Saturday 29th November 2014 Email Chris Falconer for details.

 

Tasmania

TASMANIAN MINIATURE GOAT OPEN DAY.!!!
Have some land? Looking for something cute? Come and see the Australian Miniature Goats at Rural Solutions, Sorell TAS on Saturday 8th November 2014. Most of the Tasmania Breeders will be there to talk to and answer questions, information handouts and lots more. Make sure you pop in and say Hi to Rod who is the MGBA Tasmanian State Representative hosting the event. Bring the kids and fall in love with this amazing little breed. FINISHED

WILLOW CREEK STUD MINIATURE GOAT DISPLAY.

Come and meet the gang from Willow Creek Miniature Goats at this years Bothwell Bushfest 15th November 9am till 5pm & 16th November 9am till 4pm  at Bothwell Recreation Ground.

Highlands Bushfest will feature the unique outdoors pursuits of the region – fishing, hunting, camping and other recreational and adventure activities. It will also highlight food and beverage, tourism, arts and crafts, music and small business.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Jan at Willow Creek Stud


 

important MGBA updates

MGBA qualified Measurers- UPDATE (23/6/2014) The distance between members is recognized as barrier to accessibility to competent MGBA measurers and many veterinarians are not trained in MGBA measurement practices. The number of Foundation Members compared to the large number of members Australia wide has also been identified as an issue and it should also be noted that there are few members who have been involved for 5yrs or more. The MGBA is exploring the implementation of a measurement training course for MGBA members to become competent and confident in taking accurate animal measurements. To ensure the accuracy of measurements being taken spot checks could be requested to expose measurement discrepancies and the requirement for further assistance / training to increase competency.

MGBA qualified Measurers- UPDATE (10/2014) - COURSES STARTED. MGBA REGISTRY PAGES HAVE BEEN UPDATED.

Breeders with current MGBA membership will be eligible to participate in an MGBA run Qualified/Certified measuring course allowing breeders to measure animals registered in their name for registration purposes or to teach competent measuring practices to other breeders.

 Two levels are available:

QUALIFIED MEASURER- Upon successful completion and being assessed as being capable and confident in the measurement process.

Measure animals registered in their name for registration purposes.

COURSE PRICE: $25.00 ****** Sue Ludwig has absorbed the costs (travel etc) involved so no fees at this time to get breeders up and going in all states for 2014. *****Other certified measurers may ask for a fee in your area.

CERTIFIED MEASURER Upon successful completion and being assessed as being capable and confident in all aspects of the course.

Teach other breeders to become qualified measurers (not certified).
Measure other MGBA breeders animals for registration purposes.
Measure animals registered in their name for registration purposes.
Measure animals at MGBA breed shows.

COURSE NOT LIMITED TO : Roles and responsibilities, Ethics, device management, Handling, Measurement practices, Health and safety.

COURSE PRICE: $45.00 ****** Sue Ludwig has absorbed the costs involved ( travel etc) so no fees at this time to get breeders up and going in all states for 2014.

BOOK A TRAINING DAY-
Certified Measurer Course
can be held after MGBA Breed shows if trainer is available or to book a course in your area you must have a minimum of 3 studs participating on the day. Please note that this is volunteered time and Sue works a day/night job so if you need long distance travel this will need to be taken into account for availability of dates.

Victorians that missed the 19th October course and would like to be a Certified measurer wil be able to complete the course at the MGBA Victorian State Extravaganza show on 13th December at Kawinkidink Stud. If you just want to be a Qualified measurer, there will be trainers in Victoria from the weekend of the 19th you can speak to.

Qualified Measurers Course - We currently have the following certified breeders that have completed the course and are now able to teach studs to become qualified measurers to measure animals registered in their names.
Victorians that missed the 19th October course wil be able to complete the course at the MGBA Victorian State Extravaganza show on 13th December at Kawinkidink Stud.

CERTIFIED TRAINERS TO DATE

QUEENSLAND
Sue Ludwig – To book a course with 3 or more studs, please contact Simone O’Brien on contact@simoneobrien.com

NEW SOUTH WALES
Louise Curry , Tyalgum–TYALGUM RIDGE  - Email
Karen Townson , Tyalgum–TYALGUM RIDGE  - Email
Kelly- Anne Oosterbek , Casino– SHERWOOD PARK - (02) 66623585 , Email

 VICTORIA
Classes being held weekend of the 19th October please be advised of certified measures to come if this is your area.

QUALIFIED TRAINERS

Many MGBA studs have already completed their courses and are now measuring their own goats.



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