"...If you would have told me 10 years ago that I would be this crazy over goats I would have called you insane..."
- Shannon Skulmoski -
We are a small breeder of registered Nigerian Dwarf and Pygmy goats located in Southern Alberta.
We initially started with 3 mini LaMancha does with kids for our grandchildren with no intention of adding to that number. The grandchildren showed little interest but we fell in love. If you would have told me 10 years ago that I would be this crazy over goats I would have called you insane.
We grew rapidly to a herd of over 50 meat and dairy goats (both full size and mini) - in a relatively short time and were finding the work to be overwhelming. My husband asked me to pick a breed, decide what I wanted to do with it and focus on those goals. I agreed and for me, this was a no-brainer - there is just something special about the mini goats. I decided to sell off the majority of the full size animals and concentrate on building a herd of registered Nigerian Dwarf and Pygmy goats.
We showed our goats for the first time in 2018 and were very happy with the results. Our goals moving forward are to continue to show and build our breeding program and in this pursuit we have been acquiring a diverse range of bloodlines and are eagerly awaiting our 2019-2020 kiddings. We are looking forward to having our herd classified 2020 and have successfully taken the Judges Licensing Conference in Nanaimo, BC in May 2019 and am now an apprentice judge. We will continue to educate ourselves on the ideal confirmation and dairy qualities we are striving to produce.
Clean tested, well cared for herd
We test annually for CAE and Johnes, test any abscesses for CL and have never had any CL abscesses. Our most recent testing was April of 2019 and the results are available here.
New animals are tested and quarantined to ensure to the best of our ability that they are disease free.
All of our goats are kept current for their vaccinations and we have recently purchased a microscope and fecal testing kit in order to test and treat for parasites only if required as we do not want the parasites to become resistant to the dewormers we are using.
Our goats have access to loose mineral and iodized salt 24/7 and we copper bolus as needed.
Our promise to you
We will always do our best to match our animals with their perfect person and honestly represent them. Our goal is to do what we can to improve the breed. We are doing this by researching pedigrees, accumulating an assortment of bloodlines and breeding does to bucks that should strengthen their weaknesses.
Our standards will never fall
As we progress towards our goals we want the name "Itty Bitty" to stand for quality animals and care, as well as for people to have confidence in our name.