I visited a goat farm. Ronin vuohitila in central Finland I feel that even if the Icelandic goats are closest to my heart I should visit goats around the world when possible. And it is always worth it. Especially when you go to farms where the goats are well treated and they are lovable and curious creatures. Goats are very sociable and curious animals where ever you go in the world. These goats were adorable and they looked at me, nibbled at my clothes and shoelaces to get the taste of my person. There are around 6000 of the suomivuohi, the Finnish goat today. So they are not an endangered species which is so good.
The Icelandic goat species is an endangered species and counting between 800 and 900 animals now. That is why I am making art about goats, to present them to the world.
There should be more goats around and goats' milk. People who can't tolerate cows' milk are often fine with goats' milk. Different proteins. Instead of processing soy beans or something else and turning it into pretend milk I think it is much wiser to just milk a goat. Unless people are vegans.
On this farm were also two horses. They were both of the Suomen hevonen race which is a very gentle horse race and good worker. Only about 500 suomen hevonen horses are working horses today. Horses are excellent workers in the forest during winter as they destroy much less that the tractors. More pictures of the Suomen hevonen
and here too
I have more goat pictures here.
Anna María Lind, MA Textile Art from Winchester School of Art.