Origin and diffusion
Lorigine is uncertain; seems related to the Neapolitan Goat. The morphological characters put it in direct relation with African goats that arrived in the Campania region in historical times. Its attribution to a distinct race is still debated. It is widespread in a point-like manner in a vast area comprising many provinces of Campania. And a very rustic population. On average, the farms are composed of a few dozen subjects who graze on limited expanses of land where wooded areas or more simply bushy pastures prevail. During the night and on rainy days, the flocks are kept in makeshift shelters and fed with preserved fodder.
A small nucleus of this rare goat is bred at the Consdabi of Circello Benevento.
Morphological and productive characteristics
- males 60-65 kg
- females 50-55 kg
The coat is generally red dappled with irregular margins. A white face mask may be present.
The head is relatively small with a ram profile, more rarely rectilinear, provided with not very large sickle or garganic horns, much more rarely. The ears are long and hanging with apex sometimes facing outwards.
The neck is long and thin, generally equipped with tettole.
Chest and abdomen are well developed. The breast is generally of the bifid or semi-bifid type, suitable for manual milking.
The limbs are long, solid or with perfect haunches. The nails are usually dark.
Production attitude: milk.
Red Spotted (photo CONSDABI archive)
Pezzata Rossa (photo Riccardo Fortina www.associazionerare.it)
|Atlas of native breeds|
Cattle, horses, sheep and goats, pigs reared in Italy
Daniele Bigi, Alessio Zanon - Edagricole - November 2008
This book aims to contribute to spreading and increasing awareness of the irreplaceable role played by the breeding of indigenous breeds in Italy in the maintenance of agricultural biodiversity, ecological balance, traditions, and niche economies based on typical products derived from them.