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Icelandic Goats, also known as Settlement goats, are anrnancient domestic goat breed believed to be of Norwegian origin and dating backrnto the settlement of Iceland over 1100 years ago.

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Iceland Goats have been isolated for several centuries, whichrnmean that they are highly inbred. Under their coarse, long guard hair they haverna coat of high quality cashmere fiber. Icelandic goats are kept mainly as petsrnand currently have no economic value.

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They were on the verge of extinction during the late 19thrncentury, but they recovered prior to World War II, but unfortunately it wasrnshort lived and the numbers quickly declined again. Today they are slowlyrnincreasing in numbers. In 2003, there were only 348 Icelandic Goats, but byrn2010, the herd had increased to 535. The Icelandic goat is the only farm animalrnsponsored by the Icelandic government to help ensure that it survives.



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