Category Archives: Entertaining GOATS

Goats in the News: Kids Help with Hospital Stress

Baby goats are adorably cute.  Even watching just a few seconds of kidding around makes people smile and that alleviates stress.  It should be no surprise then that in a trial in Portland Oregon, baby goats have been found to help to relieve stress of staff an patients as reported by the BBC this week.  Hospitals are noisy, chaotic places which doesn’t help patients to recover or staff perform at their best.  They have designed gardens to reduce stress levels and, from time to time, a flock of two-week old baby goats come to visit.  Staff and patients alike report finding it very soothing and relaxing cuddling the little kids, even the video is cheering.  And the kids seem to like the attention too.

Baby Goat at Hospital in Portland Oregon
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Goats in the News: How to Deal with Christmas Tree Remains

Goats can provide a great solution for environmental problems—a couple of years ago we reported how flocks of goats visit the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) in California to clear scrub and help prevent fires.  This week, an interview on BBC Radio 5 Live with staff at Kentish Town City Farm, the UK’s oldest city farm, explained how their goats are helping to dispose of unwanted Christmas trees.

Kentish Town City Farm Goats
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Goats in the News: The Danger of Goaty Selfies

Over the last couple of years, Llandudno has made the news thanks to visits from a flock of Kashmir goats.  The infamous goats are once more causing problems, but this time it is a result of their newfound fame.  The goats have returned to the Great Orme peninsula, a nature reserve in Conwy, but their notoriety has attracted tourists taking selfies inspiring the Llandudno Coastguard to comment:

We are particularly concerned about reports that people are placing themselves in danger to view the goats up close and to take photos.  The goats are safe, they aren’t trapped and are just exploring a new part of the Great Orme.  We urge you not to place yourselves in danger to view the goats and to stay on Marine Drive where it is safe and a great vantage point to see the goats.

Llandudno Goats
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Goats in the News: The Goats are Back In Town…!

Last year, a group of Kashmiri goats went on the rampage in Llandudno.  It is actually not uncommon for them to visit the town when food is scarce, but now they are back, and thanks to a lack of contraception caused by the pandemic, there are more of them than ever.  Apparently they’ve been caught queuing at the chippy, waiting for a bus, and going to school—they are a very popular sight kidding around in town.

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Goats in the News: Escapees in Stanford-in-the-Vale

Last Friday there was a report of a couple of escaped goats in Stanford hiding in someone’s garden.  Today it looks like they have escaped again and are currently gambolling about in Joyces Road.  Maybe they fancied playing MetroX with us last night, but if so, someone should tell them that at the moment boardGOATS is meeting online so they can join in from wherever they are as long as they can get a decent inter-goat connection…

Goats in Stanford-in-the-Vale
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Goats in the News: Goats on Zoom Make a Mint

Back in October, boardGOATS celebrated our 8th birthday.  We always have a bit of a party and play Crappy Birthday, but the current situation meant that this year it had to be held online.  So, to make it a bit more memorable, we had a special guest:  Elizabeth from Cronkshaw Fold Farm.  As well as entertaining people with yoga, Elizabeth and her friends from Rossendale in Lancashire are TV stars from The Great Staycation.

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Back in April, when everyone was stuck at home and so many meetings moved online, Cronkshaw‘s Chief Goat-Wrangler, Dot McCarthy, came up with the idea of hiring out members of the flock to “butt in” on conference calls.  What started off as a joke has now resulted in thousands of calls, all over the world, earning over £50,000.  When so many people have been furloughed, this has enabled the farm to keep on two employees full-time.  And the goats have brought a little bit of much needed fun into so many people’s lives; certainly, Elizabeth made a valued contribution to our birthday celebrations.