Golden Guernsey

Also Known By: Guérnesiais (France), Golden Gessenay

The Golden Guernsey is a rare breed which originated in the Channel Islands off the coast of Britain. The breed was developed from local breeds mated to Anglo-Nubian and Swiss breeds during a period from 1920 to 1950.

Golden Guernseys are kept for their milk and are recognized as a dairy breed by the British Goat Society.  The production levels are lower than what is commonly found in the Swiss breeds but the milk is higher in butter fat and proteins which make it an excellent choice for cheese making.

The breed is used primarily for milk production. Its coloration varies from cream to brown and the breed is usually hornless (polled). The Golden Guernsey was used in the development of the English Guernsey.

Golden Guernsey Goat Society


Mason, I.L. 1996. A World Dictionary of Livestock Breeds, Types and Varieties. Fourth Edition. C.A.B International. 273 pp.

Rosalind Coleman, United Kingdom

Rosalind Coleman and Dr A. E. Clutton, United Kingdom

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