Italians breeds

Argentata dell'Etna
Italian breeds of goats

Origin and diffusion

Autochthonous breed of Etna and Peloritani (Sicily), which is bred in the wild or half- wild in the mountainous provinces of Messina, Catania, Enna and Palermo. Its origin is unknown.

Morphological and economic characteristics

Height at the withers:
- Male: 75 cm
- Female: 67 cm
Weight:
- Male: 50 kg
- Female: 38 kg

The coat is grey shading from light to dark with silver glints. Rough, average long-haired and grey skin. The horns are upright in females and very large wide apart in males, which bear a sort of beard.
It is suitable for both milk and meat (kids around 12-14 kg alive). Milk is used for typical local cheese varieties.

Argentata dell'Etna Argentata dell'Etna (photo www.assonapa.com)

 


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