Three Extremely Rare Goats Arrive at Animal Management Centre

Published 18 April

Animal Studies


Our Animal Management Centre has seen the arrival of three extremely rare Bagot goats.

Bagot goats are a vulnerable breed so the College is lucky and equally delighted to welcome two one-year-old females and one three-year-old wether.

The Bagot is believed to be Britain’s oldest breed of goat with a documented ancestry. The first recorded account of the breed appears in historical documents from 1389, when Sir John Bagot was known to be the keeper of the original herd at Blithfield, his Staffordshire estate in the English Midlands. The Bagot goat was originally managed as a feral and semi-feral parkland breed in Bagots Park, just three miles from Blithfield Hall. They proved to be extremely self-reliant, which has ensured their continued survival over many centuries.

Laura Scott, Animal Studies tutor, said: “It’s fantastic to be welcoming such amazing animals all the time to the Animal Management Centre. There are actually fewer registered Bagot goats than giant pandas in the world, so we really are truly lucky.”

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