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and the future of my little herd is determined - for now anyway.

I was on the phone to a breeder on our larger island today to organise for my two nannies to go down there for a month or so to be bred, and she suddenly remembered that her neighbour had had a late pair of kids and she didn't know what they were. A BILLY :dance:

He is 3/4 Golden Guernsey and 1/4 British Alpine. His sire should be a good quality goat as he was imported from the UK mainland last year - this costs literally hundreds of pounds so no-one is going to import a dud. So hopefully he will do the job for us this year.

I also have just bought a pedigree Golden Guernsey from another owner who will be coming to me in kid to a different billy who was imported from the UK this year.

So with what I have I now have a registered British Toggenberg, a registered British Alpine, and a registered Golden Guernsey nannies. The kids from the GG will be registerable as she is being bred to a GG. And a part bred GG billy. The three lots of GG are totally unrelated.

Think that should give me enough genes to go on with for a couple of years :baby04:

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How exciting! I'd love to get my hands on a GG, but they're so rare.
 

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That's wonderful news!!! I'm not at all familiar with Golden Guernsey goats (Guernsey cattle - yes! :p ). Do you have pictures of them?

That sounds like a wonderful solution to your dilemma. I'm so happy for you! :dance: Now, if you weren't so far away, I have a lovely little Saanen buckling, still wet behind the ears . . . :)
 

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Thank you - yes I am excited after all the waiting and worrying. Thanks ROse for putting up the GG website - you got there before I did.

The chap I am buying the billy from is going to send me a photo which I will post when I get it. Also I will be going to Guernsey to see both goats in August sometime and will take some photos to post when i get back.

The goats won't actually be coming to me until October so I have a bit more waiting to do unfortunately.

Pookshollow - a Saanen is just about all I need to make up the set LOL

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My goodness, the Yorkshire terriers of the goat world! :p

It's certainly interesting to see new and different breeds - rare ones, I guess, aren't they?
 

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yep - the GG came pretty close to dying out in the war I believe. I seem to remember that there was one lady who used to keep them in the house with her so that they didn't get eaten (there were MAJOR food shortages and they would have vanished in the night for sure LOL) and it is mainly down to her that they are still around. Then just after the war they imported a couple of BA's to improve the quality of the lines again but they are still pretty rare. Obviously the Guernsey folks have been doing a lot to keep them going and they are on the up as a breed again.

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