Ireland Funds Support Living Heritage

2014 Ireland Funds have contributed to the ongoing research and preservation of the Old Irish Goat. A small goat with long hair, large horns, small ears and a distinctive coiff of hair on the forehead.   Once a ubiquitous character of the traditional Irish farmstead, now endangered.  It is only found in feral herds where it is subject to uncontrolled crossbreeding, which is recognised as one of the greatest threats to indigenous breeds worldwide.  The greatest loss of genetic resources has occurred in Europe, with 16 of the 19 extinct goat breeds worldwide.  Efforts to save the Old Irish Goat from extinction are ongoing with support of the Ireland Funds. 

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