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Breeds of Livestock - British Alpine Goats

Breeds of Livestock - British Alpine Goats

British Alpine

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The British Alpine was developed in Great Britian in the early 1900s. The first British Alpines arrived in Australia in 1958 and have since been graded-up using Saanen and Toggenburg does.

British Alpines are tall, rangy and graceful. They are best suited to temperate climates and perform poorly in regions with high humidity.

The does are good milk producers, with an average fat yield of four percent. They also exhibit a tendency to good winter milking and have an extended lactation period.

British Alpines are black with white markings. Their coat is generally short, fine and glossy. However bucks often have longer hair.

Reference:

Handbook of Australian Livestock, Australian Meat & Livestock Corporation,1989, 3rd Edition

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