Enjoy the delights of good wine and adorable pygmy goats at our farm.
If you’ve ever visited us at Moose & Goose Winery, you’ve likely met our herd of delightful pygmy goats. Guests love the opportunity to hang out and take photos with our furry friends, but many people have questions about this amusing little breed. We’re always happy to chat with you about our goats, and we wanted to share a few of the reasons we love them here on our website.
Here are a few fun facts about pygmy goats that you may not know:
- A pygmy goat’s horns never stop growing and are a great way to determine the age of a goat if you bought them as an adult and have no history on them.
- Like all goats, pygmy goats have rectangular pupils. The unique shape is a special adaptation that allows them to see 280 degrees around their body and aids them in detecting predators.
- Pygmy goats are also known as dwarf goats, and they are called such because of their small stature. A fully grown adult stands about 20 inches high at the shoulder.
- Goats, like cows, are ruminants. This means that instead of a single stomach, they actually have four separate compartment stomachs that allow them to digest high-fiber foods like grass, hay, and other forage.
- Young pygmy goats, called kids, will sleep in a pile to keep warm.
- Speaking of kids, a newborn pygmy goat weighs between just 2-4 pounds and can stand and walk within an hour of being born.
- Pygmy goats are social animals and prefer being in groups to being alone. Their social nature is what helps make them so charming and is a big part of why we keep them at the winery.
If you’re ready for a wine and pygmy goat experience you’ll never forget here in Temple, Texas, contact our staff to learn more about our upcoming public events or to speak with someone about scheduling a private event. We look forward to seeing you out on the farm soon!