Chamois Coloured goat
A Chamois Coloured Goat of the horned Grisons type
|Conservation status||FAO (2007): not at risk|
|Country of origin||Switzerland|
|Wool color||brown with black dorsal stripe and lower limbs|
|Face color||brown with black facial stripes|
|Horn status||horned and hornless types|
The Chamois Coloured Goat, French: Chèvre chamoisée, German: Gämsfarbige Gebirgsziege, Italian: Camosciata delle Alpi, is an indigenous breed of domestic goat from Switzerland. It is distributed throughout Switzerland and in parts of northern Italy and Austria, and has been exported to other countries including France. There are two strains, a horned type from the Grisons or Graubünden in the eastern part of the country, and a hornless type from the former bezirk of Oberhasli and the area of Brienz and Lake Brienz in the Bernese Oberland in central Switzerland. In some countries the hornless variety may be considered a separate breed, the Oberhasli goat. The Swiss herd-book was established in 1930.
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In Switzerland the Chamois Coloured Goat is among the principal national goat breeds for which a herd-book is kept by the Schweizerischer Ziegenzuchtverband, the Swiss federation of cantonal goat breeders' associations. In Italy, under the name Camosciata delle Alpi, it is one of the eight autochthonous Italian goat breeds for which a genealogical herd-book is kept by the Associazione Nazionale della Pastorizia, the Italian national association of sheep- and goat-breeders; the Italian herd-book was activated in 1973.
The milk yield per lactation of the Chamois Coloured Goat in Switzerland is given as >700 kg, with 3.4% fat and 2.9% protein. Measurements made in Italy in 2004 gave figures of 343 ± 115 litres for primiparous, 506 ± 205 l for secondiparous, and 539 ± 228 l for pluriparous, nannies, with an average of 3.24% fat and 3.13% protein.
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- Breed data sheet: Gemsfarbige Gebirgsziege/Switzerland. Domestic Animal Diversity Information System of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. Accessed June 2014.
- Consistenze Provinciali della Razza 45 Camosciata delle Alpi Anno 2013 (in Italian). Associazione Nazionale della Pastorizia: Banca dati. Accessed June 2014.
- Breed data sheet: Gemsfarbige Gebirgsziege/Austria. Domestic Animal Diversity Information System of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. Accessed June 2014.
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