Origin and diffusion
Breed considered autochthonous in the area of the Alta Langa Astigiana where it was the most widespread goat breed; probably belongs to the large group of the Alpine breed. The breed is listed among the endangered local breeds. The Registry is managed by the Provincial Breeders Association of Asti. The current size is about 800 animals distributed in just over 50 farms, almost all located in the Alta Langa Astigiana -Val Bormida on the border between the provinces of Cuneo and Alessandria. The production of milk is prevalent and is almost exclusively transformed on the farm to produce a pure goat called Tometta di Roccaverano or, in a few cases, a mixed cow-goat. It is a fresh cheese of 12-14 cm in diameter, 3-4 cm of barefoot and weighing about 400 grams. The sale takes place at the retail store, in the local markets or at renowned restaurants in the Alta Langa Astigiana.
The production of kids of 1-1.5 months of age and weighing 10-12 kg (sold during the Easter period) is complementary to that of cheeses. Remarkable rusticity and ability to adapt to rather difficult breeding conditions and environment.
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Morphological and productive characteristics
Cut it: medium-large.
Head: fine with medium length ears carried almost horizontally, generally devoid of horns in both males and females. Frequent two white streaks that start from the supraciliary region up to the lips. Barbetta and tettole can be present in both sexes.
Trunk: harmonious with proportionate and robust limbs.
Pile: generally with long hair, of very variable color (beige, black, white or brown) whole or even piebald. Elastic skin, with bristly, long or satin hair.
Height average at the withers:
- Males a. cm. 83
- Females a. 75
- Males a. Kg. 69
- Females a. 52
produzionis medium milk: multipurpose lt. 330-360
Roccaverano goat (photo www.assonapa.com)
Capra di Roccaverano (photo www.dsz.unito.it/razzeautoctone)