Argentata dell’Etna

Argentata dell’Etna is primarily raised for milk and meat production. The breed is distributed in the regions of Sicily, Italy. The breed’s origin is unknown but shows similarities to Garganica breed and the Italian breeds the Ciociara Grigia of Lazio and the Cilentana Grigia of Campania.

Argentata dell’Etna goat breed information

The goat is small to medium-sized.

The coat is grey shading from light to dark with glints.

Rough, skin and moderate long-haired.

The horns are upright in females and quite wide apart. Both bucks and does are horned
It’s acceptable for both milk and meat.

The kids are culled when they reach the age of 12-14 kg.

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Milk can be used for cheese varieties to make ricotta, equally new and al Forno, also Padduni cheese, that has PAT status

As a moderate-sized goat strain height of this Argentata dell’Etna buck is 75 cm and does approximately 67 cm.

The does weigh about 38 pounds, and bucks weigh 50 pounds.

The does are good milk producers. At 150 days for primiparous, the does create about 120 liters of milk Normally, 180 liters in 210 days for nannies 300 liters may be reached by the milk production and 160 liters for secondiparous in 210 days.

Milk of those Argentata dell’Etna goat comprises approximately 4.5 percentage of fat and 3.6 percentage of protein.

Things to know

The Italian national association of sheep- and goat-breeders of Associazione Nazionale della Pastorizia maintains the herdbook of the forty-three autochthonous Italian goat breeds of limited distribution, the Argentata dell’Etna is one of those.

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Only in 2002, they started to maintain the herd book.

The registered population in 2013 is just around 2000. The overall population of the breed is not more than 7000.

The conservation status of the breed is not at risk.

Characteristics of Argentata dell’Etna

Breed NameArgentata dell’Etna
Other NameSilver of the Etna
Country/Place of Originunknown
Breed Purposemilk, also meat
Breed SizeSmall to medium
Weight Buck(Male)50 kg (110 lb)
Weight Doe(Female)38 kg (83 lb)
Kiddingsingle
Good for Stall Fedopen grazing 
Climate Tolerancelocal conditions

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