Goats were introduced by early settlers to be used as a source of food, then later for weed control and farming purposes.
Goat farming was popular in New Zealand from the 1970's-1990's, and is again giving positive returns to farmers from the sale of meat and fibre.
Angora goats produce the luxury fleece known as Mohair, and are shorn twice a year. We have named our Angora goat 'Mo'
Boer goats developed in South Africa from an indigenous breed with the addition of some European, Angora and Indian breeds. The name comes from the Dutch word boer meaning farmer and was used to distinguish them from Angora goats. Our Boer goats are mother and daughter, and two of the most friendly animals in our park.
British Alpine goats were developed in England in the early 1900's from mostly unknown origins. They are one of the five breeds of dairy goat in New Zealand, imported in 1956. Our two large British Alpines can be found in our mixed farm animal paddock.
Feral goats are found throughout the country. They are classed as a pest as they eat a wide variety of our vegetation. By eating smaller shrubs in our native bush, the forest floor is opened up to create a suitable habitat for possums, and less suitable for our natives like the kiwi. We have some of our friendly feral goats living in the park for you to meet, while the rest do a great job eating all the weeds on our surrounding farmland.
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