Goat breeds: Alpine chamois

Goat breeds: Alpine chamois

Origin and diffusion

Originally from Switzerland, it has spread to many European countries (especially France and Germany) and non-European countries. In Italy it is bred in the regions of the Alps, especially in Piedmont and in Trentino-Alto Adige. The breed herd book was activated in Italy in 1973. And so named because of the similarity of its coat with that of the chamois.
It is one of the seven goat breeds officially recognized in Switzerland (Appenzel, Camosciata from the Alps, Saanen, Grisons crawl, Toggenburg, Vallesana, Verzaschese). Frugal in feeding, robust and strong, it adapts to the most diverse situations. Docile and affectionate nature. Excellent milk producer.

Breed with herd book in Italy.

Morphological and productive characteristics

Cut it: medium-large.
Head: relatively small, light and fine, beard in males. Ears: long, oblique forward never hanging.
Trunk: wide thorax and abdomen, pyriform breasts and well developed nipples.
Pile: fawn with various shades, short hair, with mill line. Extremities of the limbs and black nails, characteristic facial mask.
Skin: thin, pigmented in black; tongue, palate and dark natural openings.
Height at the withers:males to. cm. 86 - Females to. cm. 74
Weight average:males to. Kg. 100 -Females to. Kg. 70
Productions medium milk:primiparae lt. 324 -multiparous lt. 507

Fertility: 95%
Average weight of kids at birth 3.5 kg, at 60 days 12.5 kg.

Goat of the Camosciata breed of the Alps

Young beak (10 months) of Camosciata delle Alpi (photo La Cavagnola)

Alpine chamois (photo Camilla Gargini)

Video: How we feed our French Alpine dairy goats (January 2022).