The flying goats... ...and other new arrivals

The flying goats... Pik O pedigree goats, three old, recently arrived in Cyprus by air from England. Tt iy believed to be the first tine that be goats have been sent by air to a colony. The new arrivals — they are British Saanens — will be used to improve the local breed. «They arrived absolutely fresh», Ir. K. L. Richards, the Department of lgriculture'y Livestock Officer, told the Cyprus Review. «Where were no Sighs of them being fatigued as a result of their long journey: they began eating immediately they arrived at the Atha- lassa Stock Farm. «Animals imported by sea are usually very Hired when they get here and eat very little for the first two or three days after their arrival.» The goats, bred in Devonshire, were fed from a bottle of warm milk just before the aircraft left Northolt. They had their next feed in Rome. Mr. Leslie E. T. Branch, a member of the committee of the British Goat Society, who put the animals on board the aircraft, suid: «The milk yield of a British Saanen goat is about two-and-a-half gallons a day: in some colonies the native goats are of so inferior a breed that they give only a pint or iwo.> Picture shows Mr. Richards with the flying kids. . eee months Mr. J. Papadopoulos, Assistant Agricultural Superintendent, with Fransham Florian. Uhis two-and-a-half-ycar-old ne-goat was imported from Britain in August. He is a well-bred goat with the famous Fransham blood lines on both sides of his pedigree. Thiy «line-breeding» ensures that he will pass on his inherited high milk producing characteristics to his progeny. Almost the entire flock of British Saancns now at the Athalassa Farm is shortly to be moved to one of the Agricultural Department stations in the hill areas, where it is hoped to popularise the breed, particularly in villages in the vine-growing districts. ο. ft αν arrivals This bull, Scotsgrove Salute 19th, born in April, 1949, was bred by the well-known Dairy Shorthorn breeders, Afessrs, Ashton and Hibberd, Oxfordshire, England, and was imported into Cyprus in August last. He is very well bred and of special interest is the performance of his dam, Scotsgrove Salome Queen th, in producing over 30,000 th. of milk in four lactation periods. She won first. prize in the 50,000 th, class at the Cheshire Gounty Show in 1950. This bull should be a great asset ΠΠ helping to improw the standard of breeding and imitk production of the dairy cattle in Cyprus.