This page will be updated  soon as plans unfold for the future of the Old Irish goat rare breed farm.

 

It is intended to do this by way of:

  • Carrying out an initial national survey of all Irish feral goat populations, and to include an evaluation of their status (wholly, partly or not of Old Irish origin), the degree of introgression if they are mixed with stock of Modern type, and whether or not they are salvable 
  • Assessing the rare breed status of the Old Irish goat,  and working towards its recognition and preservation as a landrace heritage breed
  • Monitoring the welfare of known feral goat herds of Old Irish origin and type by way of local branches of the Society, with an on-going evaluation of their ‘at risk ’status
  • Compiling, maintaining and updating a gazetteer of Irish feral goat  herds that record their origin, distribution, history, numbers and conservation status
  • Publicizing the breed generally, and in  particular its status as living history
  • Co-ordinating areas of research in relation to both Old Irish feral goat behaviour and its uses in domestication, the latter to include milk yield, other uses, maturation, cost effectiveness, husbandry requirements  in relation to the improved dairy breeds and its smallholder potential. 
  • Bringing back the breed into domestication as the ideal smallholder/self-sufficiency animal that will fill a vital niche whenever and wherever a hardy moderate milker is favoured. Additionally to preserve it as a gene bank for the future, as we have yet to fully discern changing trends in  agricultural needs 
  • Establishing a captive breeding population of Old Irish feral goats, and with the express intention of generating a release programme as attitudes and conditions change. This may involve the re-establishing of  herds where they were previously to be found but have become extinct, or the introduction of goats onto suitable new sites such as National Parks
  • Popularizing the use of Old Irish goats in land management schemes that involve the exploitation of their benefit in both maintaining biodiversity in important ecosystems and preserving vital aspect of the Irish native flora. Initially, this will involve the encouraging of local farmers on the Burren to use the breed to prevent/contain the spread of hazel and willow scrub from controlling sensitive grassland areas
  • Compiling and maintaining what will become a national archive pertaining to all things relating to the Old Irish goat.

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