THEY may only be a few weeks old but Tasmania’s latest miniature goat arrivals are proof that good things really do come in small packages.
The playful goats were among the star attractions at the Burnie Show, which kicked off Tasmania’s spring show season last week.
Breeders Maree Donaldson and Brad Palmer brought some of their goats and they are keen to spread the word about what great pets miniature goats can be.
“They are absolutely fantastic as pets and being miniature they are small enough so people can handle them,” Ms Donaldson said.
“They might only be small, but they have so much personality and that’s my favourite thing about them.”
Ms Donaldson, of West Ridgley, started her Bell Yoad miniature goat stud three years ago. Now she has five does that this year have produced 10 kids.
Mr Palmer, of Penguin, is also new to miniature goats but is already planning to breed more.
Ms Donaldson said miniature goats were gaining in popularity, a trend she would like to see continue.
“The main reason we’re here is so that people can have a look at them and see what’s it’s all about,” she said.
“I’d love to see more people breeding them, especially up this end of the state because most of the breeders are down south. If we had enough we could bring them to places like this and actually show them.”
The miniature goats are divides into four height categories.
The goats range in price from $350 to $500 each.
As well as correct height and conformation, Ms Donaldson said the focus was on breeding goats with excellent temperaments.
“It’s definitely not all about the size,” she said.
“I’d much rather have a goat that is a little bit taller but has a great personality than a small one with attitude.”
Poultry judge Kelvin Strickland also had a busy time selecting the prizewinning chooks and ducks.
There were about 150 birds entered and Mr Strickland said the quality was excellent.
“They are all in pretty good condition for this time of the year and there are some very good birds here,” he said.
“I really enjoy the mateship of it and being able to look at different birds and keeping up with all the breed standards.”