A number of animals which have gone missing from the rare Bilberry Goat Herd in Waterford are being sold in the Carlow/Kilkenny area. The trust which looks after them is very concerned for the welfare of the two “nannies” stolen and for the continuation of the Herd, if they are not returned.
“We would ask anyone who may have any information to contact the ‘Save the Bilberry Goats’ page or ring 086 354 0361 in total confidence. The Herd is in crisis at the moment with the loss of these nannies,” Orla Foley of the Trust said.
The Bilberry Goat Herd came to Waterford in around 1700 and have been grazing on Bilberry Rock ever since. They are of the Landrace breed of goats. Over the years the area of land they graze has been reduced. In 2000 there were just seven goats left.
A local family with friends and neighbours formed the unique Bilberry Goat Heritage Trust. The members set up a feeding and veterinary care programme to try and save the herd from extinction and protect their habitat. The Rock contains unique minerals which sustain the herd. They require sufficient land to roam and graze in order to survive in an urban setting, for the people of Waterford and future generations. The Trust depends on donations to provide additional feed and medical care for the herd.