The Guernsey Golden Donkey

December 23, 2010 at 11:44 pm. General News.

History of our Breed

The origins of the breed are uncertain but certainly have Maltese, Syrian and other influences behind them. On the island of Guernsey there have always been golden goats as well as a golden cow and a golden donkey (now extinct). The fact that we have these goats today is due to the dedication and perseverance of Miss Miriam Milbourne who saved what stock she could during the German occupation of Guernsey during and after the second world war.donkey
It was from this small group that all Golden Guernseys today descend. To increase milk production a large black and white British Alpine type male was purchased for the sum of £10. This was §§35+Malpas Manager HB20106 and a grandson of the world record holder Malpas Melba. This was also a deliberate move to strengthen the gold colour.To improve butterfats a golden/ginger coloured Anglo Nubian male named Frisky Lad was used.

From this point on, Miss Milbourne concentrated on the getting the golden colour to breed true.
Still today we have kids born with floppy ears, possibly a throwback to the Anglo Nubian influence, and
very occasionally we get a black kid, again the influence of Malpas Manager.

A Guernsey Donkey

 

 

The donkey or ass, Equus africanus asinus,[1][2] is a domesticated member of the Equidae or horse family. The wild ancestor of the donkey is the African wild ass, E. africanus. The donkey has been used as a working animal for at least 5000 years. There are more than 40 million donkeys in the world, mostly in under-developed countries, where they are used principally as draught or pack animals. Working donkeys are often associated with those living at or below subsistence levels. Small numbers of donkeys are kept for breeding or as pets in developed countries.
A male donkey or ass is called a jack, a female a jenny or jennet[3][4][5]; a young donkey is a foal.[5] Jack donkeys are often used to produce mules.
Asses were first domesticated around 3000 BC,[6] or 4000 BC, probably in Egypt or Mesopotamia,[7] and have spread around the world. They continue to fill important roles in many places today. While domesticated species are increasing in numbers, the African wild ass and another relative, the Onager, are endangered. As beasts of burden and companions, asses and donkeys have worked together with humans for millennia.

 

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