Old Irish goats stand on their feet without government assistance

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    Continued neglect of our native goat breed is costing Irish agriculture niche market opportunities and depriving environment natural allies, the leading advocate of animal rights has warned.
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Continued neglect of our native goat breed is costing Irish agriculture niche market opportunities and depriving environment natural allies, the leading advocate of animal rights has warned.

In the week that the famous puck Fair starts in Killorglin in Kerry, Sean Carolan questions how long our native breeds of goats, most likely to survive in our agricultural trade.

“We spend millions preserving old buildings and maintaining the biodiversity of our area, but almost nothing about the preservation of the native goat breed or decreasing the number of other rare animals,” says Mr. Carolan, who manages the Old Irish goat society in Mulranny, co Mayo.

“We need to invest more in the preservation of our indigenous breeds”.

The centre, whose activities are partially funded by the state, is the go-to place for anyone interested in past, present and future wild old Irish goats.

And the future looks bleak. Estimated 350-500 old Irish goats remained mostly Mayo and Kerry.

Old Irish goat was largely overlooked, as it disappears in the domestication and survives only as feral animals, which are often disguised in herds of mixed and mongrel type.

Historically known as ‘cow of the poor’, it was because of their frost resistance are a crucial component of our cultures past.

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For centuries, the old Irish goat was the only breed of goats can be found in Ireland. It has evolved over time to become highly adapted local breed, physically corresponds to our climate and style of farming.

He was reliable and productive breed that requires little attention and milk, meat, skin and fibre on poor and marginal land.

Most ‘Irish’ goats are now used for commercial enterprises such as goats cheese, British or Swiss ancestry, and while these foreign breed to thrive in the Irish village, in his native Irish goat is in serious decline.

Mr. Carolan considers the old Irish goat low genetic resources, which, if allowed to flourish, can contribute to our commitment to the protection of the environment and the General biodiversity of the area.

Local species, with its hearty appetite on a mountain slope, vegetation, clean fast hilly land and prevent fires.

The old Irish goat Society wants the government to create a viable Foundation for the solution of genetic and problems of survival that emerge from the current malaise, in which the native goat breed and other the decline of native species find themselves.

But Mr. Carolan will be an uphill battle to convince state authorities of the argument.

According to estimates of companies the Fund of 1 million euros is needed to create a genetic database of the breed.

In the report for the 2017-21 plan of action for the conservation of biodiversity, the society said that there was limited awareness at the official level and among the General public – about the continuing decline in our native goat population.

They suggested that more attention should be paid to the problem of depopulation, starting with a serious attempt to study the genetic profile of these species as a precursor to their conservation.

Says Mr. Carolan the government needs to recognize the significant cultural value of rare breeds.

The alternative is the disappearance of the old Irish goat, and many other endangered Irish animals.

 

Feral herds of female-headed

* The old Irish goat was Ireland’s only goat breed until about 1900.

* It is closely connected with the native goat breed from England, Scotland and Wales.

* He was in England, the breed was first called the ‘Irish goat’.

* Thick cashmere undercoat under its long outer layer helps to keep the goat warm in cold weather.

* It is possible to tell the age old Irish goats, counting its horn rings.

* In contrast to modern breeds of dairy goats, the old Irish goat can be found in various colors and color models.

* Large numbers were imported into England and Scotland every year, called ‘signs of spring’ as the mushers arrived in each town and village.

* Feral herds of old Irish goats are headed by females, the males forming bachelor herds for most of the year.

* In the domestication of the dog may give up to 200 litres of milk a year.

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