Origin and diffusion
The oldest evidence of the existence of the goat on the Norwegian coast dates back to the 18th century. They were raised on the islands of the county of Møre and Romsdal. In 1940 the islands were abandoned and the goats left to themselves. They managed to survive independently on the islands of Selja and Skorpa. The number of animals is declining, the breed is recognized as endangered, only 180 females survive for reproduction.
Morphological and productive characteristics
They have a robust body and strong legs but are very agile.
Medium weight: 25-40 kg
Perfectly adapted to the climate and the rough terrain where they graze. Traditionally they are bred for meat and milk. They live outdoors all year round and are hospitalized indoors only at the end of winter when the females give birth to the young, to protect them from predators.
Goat of the Norwegian coast Kystgeit (photo https://www.nordgen.org Photo taken by Anna Rehnberg | NIBIO | Norsk genressurssenter)
Norwegian Coast Goat Kystgeit (photo www.kystgeitlaget.com)