Goat breeds: Alpine common

Goat breeds: Alpine common

Origin and diffusion

Goat population more widespread, throughout the Alps and in Piedmont in particular. It presents a great variability of size, morphological characters (uniform or piebald coat, various fur color, white, black, brown, ears of various shapes and bearing) and productive attitudes. This characteristic has cost him exclusion from official recognition as a real race. Until yesterday, different types of mantle erroneously considered as the result of crossbreeding constitute today the repository of the genetic variability that is so much talked about. The numerical reduction of this population with the replacement by other local breeds, or worse with selected international breeds, would constitute a very serious loss. Most of the common goats raised in the Alpine arc are, however, mostly similar to the so-called Alpine strain, they are rustic and well adapted to the mountain environment.

Morphological and productive characteristics

Cut it: average.
Head: light, with straight ears, pointed and facing forward; beard and horns very developed and turned backwards in the male, shorter in the female. Also acorne.
Pile: uniform or piebald, black, brown or white; hair generally shaved and shiny, longer and rougher in the male.
Height at the withers:males to. cm. 80 -Females to. cm. 70
Medium weight: males to. Kg. 60-65 -Females to. Kg. 50-55
Milk production is variable and intended for kids or mixed with other milks for transformation into typical products.
Meat production is obtained from kids of 10-12 kg of live weight.
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Alpina Comune on display in the VCO (by Luigi A Brambilla)

Group of Alpine common goats on display in the VCO (by Luigi ABrambilla)

Alpina di Novara (photo from the National Shepherding Association archive)

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