The Bagot Goat
The Bagot is a striking parkland breed with the ability to forage in rough scrubland. It is a popular addition to Farm Parks and country estates with a growing reputation for usefulness in conservation grazing schemes. For example, the RBST herd of Bagots at Shugborough Park Farm are used to maintain the fragile archeology and habitats of a former walled garden.
The first account of the breed is of a herd at the Blithfield Estate in Staffordshire owned by Sir John Bagot in 1389.
The exact origin of the breed is unknown.
One theory for the arrival of the breed in Britain was that in 1380 King Richard II gave the herd to John Bagot.
An alternative theory, using DNA profiling, suggests that the breed originated from Portugal and travelled by boat with the John of Gaunt army when they were returning from battle in the Castile region of Portugal.
Bagot goats are small to medium in size.
Both sexes have large curving horns.
They have long hair, with a distinctive colour pattern being black forequarters and white on the rear part of the body. Some have a white blaze.
Bagots are mainly used for conservation grazing, or more accurately conservation browsing. Their primitive nature means they are hardy and low input. Goats are good at clearing scrub and will usually choose to browse hedges over grazing grass.
Meet Belinda and Bonny.
These lovely girls have just kidded two beautiful male kids. These boys will be vital for the Bagot gene pool in the future.
To add to our collection we now have a Bagot Billy called Basil. He came from The Salvation Army Farm in Essex.
On the Rare Breeds Survival Trust "Watchlist", the Bagot goat is classed as vulnerable with only 200-300 left.
Our Aim to help this breed and do our bit to ensure its survival.
If you or someone you no breeds Bagots and can help us increase our herd I would be very grateful if you could contact me. We are always looking for new Bagots to buy.