Street Goat assists local communities in accessing land, providing training on goat husbandry, milking, and on-going support.
The project works like a Community Supported Agriculture model where there are paying members at each site to contribute to rent of land/hay/straw/vet bills additional feed etc.
Our current sites:
- The original milking project – which has been going since 2016 (@ The Farm Allotment) – supports 14 households with fresh raw milk and has 28 milking slots per week
- The goats rotate around 5 paddocks
- Members do 2 shifts a week/ as well as workdays once a month/ collecting forage offsite and attending meetings
- Members of the public can partake in workdays and come on as trainees before becoming a paying member
- They can also participate in workshops such as tanning/butchery/green woodworking/Cheesemaking in the future – the funds from workshops go back into the project
- The site is currently being rested and the milkers are pitching in at the Royate site
- Streetgoat are on Begbrook site as potential land partner with Avon Wildlife Trust, growing from a grazing site to become a milking site in May 2020
- Currently, there are 4 goats on the site two of whom are being milked
- Since being on-site there has been extensive work clearing the site of years of rubbish / clearing out barns / securing the site
- UWE students have also been volunteering on workdays as have a group of film students
- Lots of interest amongst local volunteers to become milkers
- Members decided to milk once a day so there will be currently 14 milking slots
- Our newest site – having goats on it since August 2020
- Is part of The Royate Hill Nature Reserve and sited in The Royate Hill Allotments
- The site takes advantage of the old viaduct that runs through the nature reserve and houses the goats and the milking parlour underneath it
- There are currently two nannies being milked along with two kids
- A further hillside on the reserve has been fenced recently so the goats can assist in the control of the brambles and thus help improve the diversity of plant species present
- We’ve had numerous new trainees start on the site who are quickly learning the ropes of looking after goats in an urban environment
The grazing herd carries out conservational grazing work on disused urban sites and wildlife sites outside the city. Over the past year, there have been about 30 volunteers and 15 student volunteers involved in this part of the project across 5 sites.
The grazing project is headed up by a couple who have been part of the project since it started and have run the herd financially autonomous from Street Goat, money from meat sales helps cover most of the costs.
Grazing sites have included:
Bridge Farm/Parkway/Goblin Combe/Purdown/Brown’s Folly/Wick Golden Valley (Most in conjunction with Avon Wildlife Trust, Bristol, and South Gloucestershire City council.)