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IMG_1896More caprine news this week! There are two beautiful new goats in our goat pen. These golden girls are our Golden Guernsey goats, a rare native breed known for their golden coats. They are a small and light-boned milking breed and as their name suggests, hail from Guernsey. Many thanks to the Friends of Mudchute Park & Farm for helping to bring this gorgeous breed to Mudchute.

The Golden Guernsey breed nearly died out during WWII as most of the livestock on Guernsey were wiped out during the German occupation of the island. The breed owes its survival to Miss Miriam Milbourne, who was able to hide a small group of the goats! You can find out more about this beautiful golden goat breed from the RBST as well as the Golden Guernsey Goat Society.

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The two golden nannies join us from Vauxhall City Farm and already settled into their new home. They are extremely friendly and seem to be enjoying exploring their new enclosure.


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Out staff and volunteers have been helping to tidy up wayward branches and untidy stumps around the farm. The resulting branches make excellent enrichment and browse for our goats. The cuttings help the goats express their natural browsing behaviour and make a tasty snack too!

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Hope all had a very happy Christmas! Here on the farm, our goats have been enjoying Christmas Treats of Christmas trees! The trees provide lots of fibre and offer a bit of enrichment. Our goats love a bit of forage and the trees are no exception. They were curious and cautious at first, but that didn’t last long!

We’d like to remind visitors that we do need to ensure our animals receive a balanced diet, so please refrain from feeding any trees or branches to our animals yourselves. And if you are visiting us over the holiday period, don’t forget to check our holiday opening times, which can be found here.

Our Anglo Nubian goats were the first on the scene.

Our Anglo Nubian goats were the first on the scene.

A quick sniff.

A quick sniff.

And they're off!

And they’re off!

Happy goats!

Happy goats!

All tucking in.

All tucking in.

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