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Bagot

A breed of small goat originating from animals brought back from the crusades in the time of Richard the Lionheart, and originally reared by Lord Bagot of Staffordshire, a similar breed, the Schwartzhal, is still found today in the Rhone Valley in Switzerland.

Both sexes have large curving horns, long hair with a black head, neck and shoulders - the rest of the body being white.

Unfortunately, the breed has few commercially applications and its reproductive rate is low - all this putting its future under threat. For more information, contact The Bagot Breed Society, Ramhill, Mockley, Nr. Tanworth-in-Arden, Warks, B94 5BA. Tel: 01564-742354. See also "Rare Breed Survival Trust"

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