This cheeky group can normally be found lounging in the sun, climbing on goat mountain or causing mischief by trying to chew on visitors clothes or sneaking into the feed room for some extra breakfast!
The Golden Guernsey are a rare native breed of goat (fewer than 1000 breeding females) from the island of Guernsey, one of the Channel Islands. They came to mainland Britain in 1965 and there is now also a sub-breed known as the British Guernsey.
As the name suggests, their coat is gold but can range from a dark bronze all the way to a pale blond. They are very friendly goats, ours even more so than is common for the breed, as all 4 adults were bottle fed at the farm when they came here as kids. They are very cheeky and due being bottle fed, they love human attention and see people as play mates.
Barney is normally the first to the fence when the public arrive, especially if they have a handful of grass nuts and you can see all four goats standing up on the fence mugging visitors for their grass nuts, if the mood strikes them.
Due to the low numbers of Golden Guernsey goats in this country, we are breeding our females every year to help increase numbers. In 2015 Wilma gave birth to Dino and Bamm Bamm, both of which have gone off to live as pet goats in Devon while Betty gave birth to Rubble and Pebbles, who have since joined our flock.
Golden Guernseys are predominantly kept for their milk. Their average milk yield is lower than those of goats that originate from Swiss breeds, however the milk is high in butterfat and protein content, making up for the smaller amount.
The Guernsey’s smaller size make them an ideal dual purpose goat for any small holding and a great pet goat, if you just wish to keep goats for the milk.
A female goat is called a nanny, a male goat a billy and a baby goat is called a kid.
Did you know you can help support us by adopting our goats? Adopt Barney and friends.