The English Goat
The English Goat is a beautifully marked, deer-like goat bred to be a hardy multipurpose contributor to the smallholding.
English Goats are tractable, docile and co-operative, whilst retaining a gentle capricious nature. They produce enough milk to fulfill normal household needs on a minimum volume of concentrated feed. Capable of milking through two years, they give a good conversion rate of milk and meat. They are not fussy eaters and are prepared to consume a wide range of fodder and thrive in the British climate.
Current members of The English Goat Breeders Association keep them for a variety of uses including;
Milk production. The naturally high level of solids in English Goat milk means it makes lovely cheeses. Some members also make it into soap.
Meat production. The conversion rate into meat means that young stock can be expected to be butcher-ready at 12 months.
Goat skin rugs. The attractive and individual markings on their coats make beautifully patterned goat skin rugs.
Conservation and wildflower meadow grazing. English Goats really do take on the appearance of deer in this situation. They nibble their way through long grass picking out their favourite bits whilst stepping daintily without flattening anything.
Companion animals. Grazing with other species is good for intestinal worm management and apart from the odd mane and tail chewer they make excellent companions for horses and ponies.
Pets. They are intelligent and trainable and always pleased to see you. They recognise individual people, respond to their name and will probably “name” you too with a particular bleat when they see you.
TV/Film extras. The Scottish based drama “Outlander” features one of our registered English Goats.
There is a Grading System for the English Goat which is based on how many previous generations have also been registered. For instance an “A grade” English goat has five generations previously registered in the Herd Book, whilst an “E Grade” English goat will only have one parent registered.
Regardless of whether they are classified as “A grade” or “E grade” all English Goats may only be registered in the Herd Book if they fulfill the breed standard which has not changed since it was first agreed in 1978.