We acquired two Golden Guernsey wethers back in 2014 after seeing them as kids on a training course. We have used them mainly on the smallholding for conservation grazing and have since acquired three more. The goats are extremely friendly in nature and love to follow you around. We have also found that their friendliness and inquisitiveness has been very useful as it seems to rub off on any breed of sheep that grazes with them.
The breed is very affectionate and adaptable as long as they have a place to shelter all year around. They are very inquisitive and great explorers and can go just about anywhere.
The Golden Guernsey is first referred to in an island guide book as early as 1826. During World War II, the last remaining examples of the breed were hidden in caves on the island to prevent them being slaughtered and used as meat to feed invading forces. It is from these that today’s stock are predominantly descended.
The Golden Guernsey is classified as a Minority Breed on the Rare Breeds Watchlist.