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Submitted by Teri on Mon, 05/07/2007 - 8:34pm. |

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The French-Alpine is a breed of goat that originated in the Swiss mountain region known as the Alps. They were brought to the United States from France and were selected for much greater size, uniformity and production than goats that were taken from Switzerland to France.

The French-Alpine are hardy, adaptable animals that thrive in any climate while maintaining good health and excellent production. They were developed on size and production rather than color, with a variety of colors from pure white through shades of black, brown, buff, fawn, gray, red, and any combinations of these colors on the same animal.

The French-Alpine breed characteristics include a dished angular nose; long slender neck; short hair; and narrow, erect ears. The bucks have longer hair along the spine and a medium size beard.

The French-Alpine is quite large. Mature does should stand 30 inches or more at the withers and should not weigh less than 135 pounds. Mature bucks should stand 32 inches or more at the withers and not weigh less than 170 pounds.

The French-Alpine are excellent milk producers with an average of 1500 to 1600 pounds of milk with medium butterfat content per year.