Interest Group Come To Rescue Icelandic Goats - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Interest Group Come To Rescue Icelandic Goats

Published April 29, 2011

As Iceland’s largest goat farm is on shaky economic ground, one group has come to together to save the farm from bankruptcy.
RÚV reports that the group’s aim is to ensure the futures of some 600 goats. The farm, which is located in the Borgarfjörður region, is home to 150 of these goats. Apart from wanting to invest money in the farm to help keep it afloat, they would also like to set up production of goat’s milk into cheese, and to make the farm more tourist-friendly.
There are about 30 people behind the interest group, chaired by Bragi Skaftason. He told RÚV that Icelandic goat farms were in danger of extinction as no public figures have stepped forward to defend them.
Jóhanna Þorvaldsdóttir, a goatherd at the farm, told RÚV of the support, “It’s naturally a wonderful feeling. It’s a diverse group of people and fun to see that there are more people who are strange like me, and find goats fascinating, and want to get to work [in saving the farm].”
Jóhanna remains optimistic that her goats will be saved.


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