Norska Goats???

Discussion in 'Goat Frenzy' started by artsy_farmgirl, Sep 8, 2008.

  1. artsy_farmgirl

    artsy_farmgirl Goat Fancier

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    Feb 29, 2008
    Florida
    So today I was going through my books and decided to look at an old used book I picked up ages ago and never read cover to cover. It was apparently put out by Byron E. Colby, an Extension Livestock Specialist from the University of Massachussetts and reprinted in 1972 by the American Dairy Goat Association(Leaflet No. 439: Dairy Goats Breeding/Feeding/Management). Anyways, I noticed a little part in here that mentions Norska goats and it really made me curious, because looking online I can't find anything about them except a poem on the Alchemy Acres website by Ann Sherwood from Massachusetts which says "Many years in the past I kept Norska does"( http://members.tripod.com/~AlchemyAcres/053102.htm ). Does anyone know what these goats are called now, or where they came from? I don't know if they even exist anymore as a breed, as another breed mentioned as a "less numerous" breed was Murcianas, which I'm pretty sure you can't find in the USA anymore(although I guess they were used to create la manchas). The exact quote was:
    "Other less numerous breeds in the United States are Rock Alpines(developed from French Alpines), Swiss Alpines, Norskas, and Murcianas. There are also a few British Alpines, British Saanens, and British Toggenburgs."
    Any input about this would be greatly appreciated. I felt it was good food for thought, since apparently not every breed that has been brought here has been able to fully establish itself, although there are more rare breeds available now than ever(which is perhaps why I am even more puzzled that I can't find anything on these Norskas, since I have done a lot of research on heritage and exotic breeds)...
     
  2. badnewsboers

    badnewsboers New Member

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    May 9, 2008
    Newport, NC

  3. artsy_farmgirl

    artsy_farmgirl Goat Fancier

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    Feb 29, 2008
    Florida
    I'm very familiar with the Oklahoma State breed lookup, but was not happy with the extremely short description of the norwegian breed(which I suspected Norska may be a reference to but wanted a second opinion). There is no information on whether there are any in the USA, how many there are, how the breed came about, etc... I appreciate the link, but would love to know more about the status of the breed in the USA and its apparent history here...?