Kystgeit

 

Kystgeit

Kystgeit. Photo taken by Anna Rehnberg | NIBIO | Norsk genressurssenter.

Kystgeit are a breed of Norwegian goats that were historically kept for meat production. Today there are around 400 Kystgeit goats, some of which live in the wild on the islands of Skorpa and Sandsøya in Sunnmøre district.

There is a need to understand the adaptation and genetic diversity of this population in order to prepare a knowledge based conservation plan. We are responsible for genetic analyses in this project, which is led by NIBIO, and also includes the Norwegian Genetic Resource Center, Søre Sunnmøre landbrukskontor and Mattilsynet.

For pictures and a short account of a field trip to the island of Skorpa in 2015 please see here .
We look forward to finding out more about this rare breed!