The Tipsy Goat is committed to honoring our heritage. Herds of wild Irish goats have been in existence for many centuries. Older locals in the area will recall stories told to them about how they were a great source of milk, meat and barter for the local population when the potato crops failed causing the Great Irish Famine which started in 1846. In these modern times we have seen the introduction of weed killers, pesticides, and machinery – all of which are used at the expense of farmers to keep their land free from the threat of scrub encroachment. Their ancestors would possibly scratch their heads in amazement and ask the very pertinent question “why not just let the environmentally friendly goats do the job for you for free”?
Efforts are ongoing in an attempt to preserve the native breed before it becomes extinct. One group in particular, The Old Irish Goat Society, commenced a selection process last year in order to create a gene pool, conduct a study on the breed and to carry out a monitored breeding plan to ensure that this native breed which has been present in the area for centuries is still around for our children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, etc to see and admire. We will donate a portion of our profits to help preserve the wild goats of Ireland. Join us today if you would like to donate!