The Golden Guernsey Goat – Milk
The Golden Guernsey is a rare breed of goat originating from the territory of Guernsey on the Channel Islands. The Goldern Guernsey Goat is believed to arrive in Britain in 1965. It was further bred with local breeds to create the sub-breed, The British Gurnsey Goat.
Like with many goat breeds, the exact origin of these animals is unknown but goat bones have been found in ancient tombs on Guernsey Island dating back almost 4000 years. The Golden Guernsey goat is thought to be a result of breeding between various Oberhasli and Syrian Breeds. The first known records referring to the Golden Guernsey dates from 1826 when a reference to a “golden goat” was printed in a goat guide book. In 1965 the Golden Guernsey was exported from the Channel Islands to mainland Great Britain. The English Golden Guernsey Club was formed to represent this breed which was later renamed to become the Golden Guernsey Goat Society.
With respect to the name, the Guernsey Goat is golden in color, with colors varying from a light blond to dark bronze. The coat of the Golden Guernsey varies greatly in coat length depending on the environment. It is smaller and built more petite than other British goat breeds. The majority of Golden Guernsey Goats are hornless however the males sometimes form horns.
The Golden Guernsey is a very friendly goat with a nice, peaceful temperament. They are described as beiong placid and compliant.
Golden Guernsey Bucks are known to release a strong unpleasant smell.
The Guernsey is a very efficient milking animal. It produces a large amount of milk for its body size. It typically produces over 3kg of milk per day with a relatively high butterfat and protein content of about 3.7% and 2.8% respectively.