Goats (Capra aegagrus hircus)
Our Toggenburg billy goat “Gargle” (ask staff if you want to know why) lives with two nanny goats to keep him company. They’re members of the oldest known dairy breed of goat, originating from the Toggenburg valley in Switzerland.
Our UK Toggs are larger than their Swiss cousins, giving a greater milk yield. They still possess distinctive Swiss markings of white stripes along the head and underside.
Agricultural uses for goats:
– Dairy: milk, cheese, yoghurt, ice-cream
– Hair: cashmere, angora
– Leather/pelts: clothing, drums
– Horn: spoons, cups
– Grassland/scrub clearance and control
– By products: soap
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