The GOLDEN GUERNSEY is a rare breed of goat from the Bailiwick of
Guernsey on the
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The exact origin of these animals is uncertain but since goat bones
have been found in dolmens (a type of
During the Second World War when Guernsey was occupied , Miriam Milbourne risked her life to save a small herd of Golden Guernsey goats by hiding them for several years.
In 1965 the
As its name suggests, the goat is golden in color, with hues ranging from pale blond to deep bronze. They are smaller and more fine-boned than other British milking goats , and there is great variety in coat length. The males are sometimes horned but the vast majority are not. Their personalities have been described as "very docile, very friendly". The males have been said to be unusually smelly.
The goat is efficient milking livestock for its relatively small size, producing an average yield of 3.16 kilograms of milk per day; this is less than most Swiss goats, but the milk's high butterfat and protein content (3.72% and 2.81%, respectively) makes up for the small yield.