Golden Guernsey Goats

The breed is strong but fine-boned and generally smaller and less wedge-shaped than other breeds. The coat is long or short, and acceptable in both forms by the breed society. Colours vary from very light to very dark gold, with occasional white markings.

The Golden Guernsey is classified as a Minority Breed on the Rare Breeds Watchlist.

The Golden Guernsey has a moderate milk yield, but their food intake is less than that of other dairy breeds. Also, the milk is particularly tasty due to a high cream content, and is far better for humans than cow's milk. Goats milk is frequently consumed by those who are lactose intolerant, and is also used in hospitals for cancer patients. The nanny goats, having kidded and weaned their offspring do not necessarily need to be milked every day, but every other day will suffice, so long as the routine is adhered to. She will continue to produce milk if regularly milked, for up to two years, without needing to be "in-kid", which makes the nanny goat a very attractive proposition for smallholders.

This particular breed of goat is particularly adaptable to either free-range or housed conditions, and has a very docile nature, making it an ideal breed for the smallholder.


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