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Dairy Goat Breeds

LaMancha

Submitted by Teri on Mon, 05/07/2007 - 8:39pm. |

The American LaMancha is a breed of goat that was developed in the United States by crossing a short-eared Spanish goat with purebreds of the Swiss breeds.

The American LaMancha is a popular, sturdy animal with good temperament and personalities. Any color or combination of colors is acceptable with no preferences

The American LaMancha breed characteristics include a dished or straight nose; thick, fine, short hair; and small ears. The two types of LaMancha ears are “gopher” and “elf”. The “elf ear” can have a maximum length of two inches and the “gopher ear” can have a maximum length of one inch with little or no cartilage, and the end of the ear turned up or down in both types. Bucks can be registered with “gopher ear” only and there is no preference for does. The bucks have a full beard.

The American LaMancha is medium in size. Mature does should stand 28 inches or more at the withers and should not weigh less than 130 pounds. Mature bucks should stand 30 inches or more at the withers and not weigh less than 165 pounds.

Alpine

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

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.

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