Sunday 29 November 2020

The Old English Goat has been labelled 'critical'

The Old English Goat has been labelled 'critical' by campaigners who are working to save this 'desperately rare' historic native breed from disappearing.

With an estimated population of just 74 living adult females left, the breed will be placed into the Rare Breeds Survival Trust's (RBST) 'critical' category.

The only other native breed of goat in the UK labelled critical is the separate English Goat breed.

The Old English Goat is often called the 'original smallholder’s goat' because it was popular with smallholders in the 19th century.

Small and shaggy, these hardy goats provided ample and regular milk for the household for little cost.

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