The Golden Guernsey is a very rare breed of goat, which is found in the Bailiwick of Gurensey on the Channel Islands in the UK.
The breed was only first introduced to the region just over 55 years ago, in 1965 by Rudi Sweg. Ancestors of this breed of goat dates back centuries, with remains having been found in dolmens which are over 2,000 years old on the islands. It is thought that the current form of the breed is a result of ongoing evolution from time BC. The first literary reference to the breed came in 1826, with a reference of a “golden goat”.
The breed was almost wiped from existence during the German occupation of Guernsey during World War two, though were saved by a local, Miriam Milbourne, who hid a herd on the island for years. It wasn’t until 1965 that the Golden Guernsey Goat society was formed.
Appearance and Traits -
As is obvious by its name, the Golden Guernsey is gold in colour.
Males are generally horned, pointed in upward curves. They are a fine-boned dairy breed, much smaller than other British milking goats. They are very efficient milkers relative to their size, and average 3.16kgs of milk each day. Their milk is also high in protein (2.81%) and butterfat (3.72%), making it very popular. Maiden milkers, or nannies who lactate without having kids, are very common amongst the breed.
Generally, they are a very docile and friendly breed, making them suitable pets or for those looking to produce their own, personal supplies of milk.
A beautiful breed none the less, The Golden Guernsey may be over 2,000 years old, though it is still just as magnificent.