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Baby Goats Born at North Iceland Farm

All 12 she-goats at the farm Raudá in Thingeyjarsveit, northeast Iceland, gave birth in a period of nine days, February 11-20, which is unusual, according to the farmer Vilhjálmur Grímsson.

Icelandic goats. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

Now there are 15 kids at Raudá in addition to the 12 mother goats and one proud buck. “The kids are very chirpy,” Grímsson told Morgunbladid when asked about the newborns, which sport many different colors.

Raudá is the only goat farm in a large area and schools often visit to take a look at them. “There are often more than one hundred visits per year,” Grímsson said.

The kids will take to the mountains with the goat herd in the summer and stay there until the first snowfall in the autumn.

The goats are only an addition to the main types of farming at Raudá, which is primarily a sheep and cattle farm.

The Icelandic goat breed, called the Settlement Goat, was on the brink of extinction when some farmers stepped in and made it their mission to save it. Now goat products are increasing in popularity in Iceland.

Click here to read more about the Icelandic goat.

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