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Just kidding around! Cannon Hall Farm welcomes new additions to goat families!

THEY may be just a week old, but these cute kids are already causing quite a commotion.

They are among 12 Anglo-Nubian goats to be born at Cannon Hall Farm, in Cawthorne, in the last few days.

And staff say families are already flocking to admire the new arrivals as they kid around.

Farm director David Nicholson said: "We've got eight breeding females at the moment and a dozen have been born in the last week.

"Families are really enjoying coming to see them. They're lovely characters, very frisky and a bit mischievous." Anglo-Nubians are breeding goats, which originated in Britain from native milking stock and goats from the Middle East and North Africa.

Distinguished by their large, pendulous ears and 'Roman' nose, they can live in very hot climates and are known for the high butterfat content of their milk.

They are large, with bucks weighing at least 175lbs.

Each year, most of the goats bred at the farm are sold as pets, although around 10 females are kept for people to come and visit.

Births are staggered throughout the year at the farm to make sure families can enjoy seeing new arrivals each time they visit.

And staff have their hands full at the moment with babies being born all over the farm! In the last few months new arrivals have included 40 Pygmy goats and dozens of Soay sheep and a Highland cow is due to give birth any day now..

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NOT SO GRUFF: Poppy Nicholson, of Cannon Hall Farm in Cawthorne, with the new- born Anglo- Nubian Cyril and Charlotte Picture by Andy Catchpool (
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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:May 27, 2009
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