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The Valais Blackneck goat breed is a beautiful goat with a regal stature and a set of large impressive horns. They bare a striking resemblance to that of the ancient British breed the Bagot goat breed.
Their gorgeous flowing long coat is black at the neck and white at the back of the goat and cover right down to the top of their feet. A truly remarkable breed with a calm and friendly nature that makes them easy to maintain and handle.l
Valais Blackneck Goat Quick Profile Overview
|Of the mountain goat variety, the Valais Blackneck Goat is thought to be a direct descendant of the Old English breed the Bagot goat breed|
|Country of Origin:||Austria, Germany, Italy and Switzerland|
|Other Names:||Chèvre des Glaciers, Col Noir du Valais or Race de Viège (French
Gletschergeiss or Walliser Schwarzhalsziege (German
Vallesana or Vallese (Italian)
|Breed Size:||Medium to large|
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|Main Purpose:||Meat and milk|
|Can be used for||Breeding ,Meat,Milk|
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|Temperament:||Alert and well-behaved|
|Good with Kids?||Not really bread to be around children|
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|Ideal Environment:||They are happy in a medium to large pasture that offers a diverse range of greenery for them to graze on.||Ideal Climate:||All Climates|
Not Listed by the *ALC
Status/ Rarity: Common
|Health Issues?||No known health issues|
|Good Starter Goat?||No, they are more for the established goat breeder|
|Goat Associations:||Associazione Nazionale della Pastorizia|
|Goat Clubs:||No known goat breeders clubs|
|Note: *ALC stands for American Livestock Conservancy|
|The Valais Blackneck goat has a proud regal posture, is alert and has a bull body medium length legs and a full-length coat.|
|Color(s):||Black and white, There is no difference in coat color between the male and female goats|
|Breed Weight:||55 kg||75 kg|
|Breed Height:||75 cm at withers||85 cm at withers|
|Hair:||Long thick hair||Long thick hair|
|Ears:||Tubular and stand erect from the head||Tubular and stand erect from the head|
|Horns:||They are long and have Lyre shape||They are long and have Lyre shape|
|Matures at age:||5 to 15 months||3 to 15 months|
|Puberty Age:||4 to 10 months||4 to 9 months|
|Breeding Age:||18 months||1 year|
|Breeding Traits:||1 Breeding cycle||Cover 20 to 30 does in 1 season|
DOE BREEDING & MILKING INFORMATION
|They only bred once a year and usually in the spring months of each year|
|Breeding Period/cycle:||Usually lasts 12 to 36 hours
Ave. 21 days/18 to 24 days
|Gestation Period:||Usually, around 148 to 155 day but most are 150 days|
|Kids:||1 to 4 kids per litter|
|Good Mothers?||They will look after and wean their young|
|Lactation Period:||Usually around 250 to 284 days. Most common is 284 days|
|Milk Quality:||They will produce around 500 kg’s of milk per season|
|Milking Level:||They are not too hard to milk|
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GOOD TO KNOW
|A few more tidbits of information to know about the Valais Blackneck goat breed|
|Where to buy them:||They are not found in America as such there are no places that sell them|
|Agility:||They are agile and quick despite their hair and bulky bodies making them look cumbersome|
|Interact with other animals:||They do not mind interacting with other livestock breeds and have been known to mingle with wild deer|
The Valais Blackneck goat is also used in various fields and woods for vegetation control to ensure that there is not an overgrowth of the bush where they should be open spaces.
The Valais Blackneck goat is a very hard goat that is active, and they are raised in the mountainous areas of the province of Verbania and Vercelli in Italy.
The carcass of the Valais Blackneck goat is known to have moderately thick muscling and is nicely lean.
They are a meat goat, so their skin may very well be used in some form of leather production if it is hardy and of good quality. Although due to a decline in their numbers they are very rarely if ever used for their meat these days.
Although they have a mass of long flowing locks, they are not known for their fiber production
The Valais Blackneck is a domestic goat breed that originated from the canton of Valais in southern Switzerland and the areas of northern Italy which neighbors this Swiss area. Visp has the largest population of the breed in present times.
The Valais Blackneck goat is thought to be the ancestor to the English Bagot goat. A Valais Blackneck goat was presented as a gift to Richard II of England in 1380.
Although it was once held that the Valais Blackneck goat was found in Switzerland by crusaders on their return to England, this theory was discredited by Werner in 1978.
The Valais Blackneck goat is one of the autochthonous Italian goat breeds that is listed in the herd book and protected by the Associazione Nazionale della Pastorizia. This is the Italian National Association of goat and sheep breeders.
There are not many of these beautiful goats left in Europe with numbers such as only between 191 to 446 in Italy, 3000 to 3400 in Switzerland, about 429 left in Germany and only between 100 to 300 left in Austria.
- American Goat Society(AGS)
- American Goat Federation (AGF)
- American Dairy Goat Association (ADGA)
- American Cashmere Goat Association (ACGA)
- Canadian Meat Goat Association (CMGA)
- Canadian Goat Society (CGS)
- Animal Shelter (ASPCA)
- American Veterinary Medical Association
- American Poultry Association
- American Animal Welfare Society
- American Animal Control
- American Animal Husbandry Society