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English Goat - Goat
English Goat Details
UsesMeat, conservation browsing, Use to control, tame or eradicate thorny shrubs and brambles or to consume unwanted wild tree saplings
ColourVariable, shades of brown or grey, with black markings such as an eel stripe (black line along the back) and neck, leg and flank markings.
ParentageUnknown, Regenerated from the few remaining English Goats that avoided the introduction of Nubian or Swiss breeds.
English Goat Description
The true English goat is a moderate producer of milk that survives on a low maintenance diet, consuming much of what it needs from naturally foraging. The English Goat was greatly improved for milk production by introducing Swiss and Nubian breeds. The Swiss and Nubian breeds having superior milking qualities. Fortunately, throwbacks and odd specimens of the original English Goat were found on holdings across England, in counties such as Lancashire, Dorset and Somerset. The current English Goat breeders Association was formed in 1978 to encourage the improvement of these English goats. These few animals have since been bred to increase the gene pool and bring the animal back to standard.
Swiss facial markings are remnants of Swiss interference. The markings are not disqualified from the standard but are indications of Swiss blood and are particularly undesirable if you wish to maintain the English Goat in its’ true standard. English Goats do not have tassels but they do have horns, although these are sometimes naturally polled.