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Icelandic goats for fire preventions?

The Agricultural Society of West Iceland is considering using the Icelandic goat stock, about 400 animals in total, for fire prevention.

Manager of the Agricultural Society Eiríkur Blöndal told RÚV that marshes and fields where animals graze are less likely to catch fire than where grass is allowed to grow freely.

Blöndal suggested that goats and other farm animals should be allowed to graze in areas where summer houses are built to prevent possible fires to spread from one house to another.

Blöndal said goats are especially qualified for preventing fires as they are dedicated grazers. He added that goats are enjoyable creatures that provide good company for humans.

Goat breeding has not been popular in Iceland; in fact, the Icelandic goat has at times last century reached the verge of extinction.

Blöndal suggested that when summer house owners realize the qualities of goats they would consider buying one and with time it could even become a status symbol to own a goat.

The Agricultural Society has been active in marketing goat products to increase their consumption in Iceland and support the small local goat stock.

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