LaMancha Goat

QUICK FACTS

Scientific Name

Capra hircus

Species Survival Plan

No

Habitat

They are a developed domestic breed.

Predators

Large wild or domestic dogs, big cats and fox

Food

Herbivorous, eating hay when given and browse from trees and bushes

Originally Native To

Ancestors are from Spain, but the recognized breed was developed in the United States

Height

28 - 30 inches

Weight

Males 150 lb.
Females 130 lb.

Characteristics

The ears, or lack of thereof, are the special characteristic of this breed; the coat is short, fine and varies in color.

Gestation Period

145 - 155 days

Offspring

Two kids, three is not uncommon

Birth Season

Spring months

Lifespan

Wild Not Applicable
Captivity 15 years

Social Behavior

Very social and prefer to be in a group; popular as pets due to temperament

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About LaMancha Goat

American LaManchas were created in the 1930s by a woman named Eula F. Frey in Oregon. The Murciana, a Spanish goat breed originally crossed to develop LaManchas, is known for its ability to forage from the barren Mediterranean steppes and still produce great milk that is also good for cheese production.

They are native to the Murcia province in southeastern Spain. Over the years, the LaMancha was shaped into a low-maintenance grazing breed that has excellent migration abilities. Perhaps this behavior helps explain the LaMancha breed’s strong herding instinct.

The Murciana began to export to the United States in the 1920s with little popularity to follow. The developed La Mancha breed first gained recognition as a separate variety of goat in the early 1950s and is fast becoming a very popular breed.

The LaMancha breed is used for milk production and is known for having a high consistency of butterfat in its milk. Their milk produces a high amount of vitamins and minerals, plus it is lower in cholesterol than cow’s milk.

They are easily recognized by their very small outer ear. There are two types of LaMancha ears.

The “gopher ear” has an approximate length of one inch, but preferably it is nonexistent with little to no cartilage. The “elf ear” has an approximate length of two inches and can have some cartilage shaping the small ear.

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