Unusual Spanish goats without ears - Lamancha

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Unusual appearance and good disposition - all this is brief, but succinctly describes such animals as Lamancha goats. Read about these unusual goats and learn more interesting about the breed with us!

Breed overview

There are many different breeds of goats in nature, but only one - with ears shortened by nature, and this is La Mancha. In terms of productivity, La Mancha are dairy goats, but are also suitable for meat production. The name of the breed comes from the Spanish "la Manchas" and literally means "spot", but there is a mention of such an interpretation as "monkey" or "cutie."

Origin

The origin of Lamanche is very controversial. Some sources say that even in the territory of ancient Persia there were earless goats. But the Spaniards claim that the animals - their "find". Later, at the beginning of the 20th century, cute goats came to the World Animal Show in Paris. Since then, both Spanish, and American, and European earless goats have been called Lamancha.

In its present form, the breed was approved in the United States in January 1958. Since that time, these goats have spread throughout America, where they are bred to this day. Deafness is not an absolute quality, animals have ears, but of very small size, almost imperceptible. We invite you to watch a video about this breed.

Appearance

In addition to the already mentioned feature - the absence of ears, Lamancha stands out with a massive body, a large udder and a variety of colors. Here and black, and brown, and spotted. There are red, brown, white, spotted, and many others. Outwardly, this animal is sturdy, with a rather massive body. The wool is from short to medium, but usually in the latter case the animals are sheared, so they look much neater.

The muzzle is straight, but there is a small defect - a "Roman nose" with a little bump. It is because of such a nose that they are often confused with Nubian goats. Because of the small area of ​​the ears, it is impossible to fix the license plate on the cartilage, so the goats are marked with the brand closer to the tail. The Lamanche's ears are divided into two types: elven (thin, slightly protruding upper edge, no more than 5 cm) and gopher ear (no more than 2.5 cm in length, as if dried, lying close to the head).

If the size of the ears is more than 5 cm, such a goat is considered not unique, but ordinary, and is not registered as a purebred specimen. Breed signs unusual animals transmit even when crossed with other breeds. Outwardly, this is a small individual - from 71 to 76 cm in height, weight (depending on the sex of the animal) from 52 to 64 kg.

Milk production

The average fat content of La Mancha milk is 4%. Milk yields are average, but with one goat you can get up to 4 liters of milk per day, and sometimes more. The product they give is very tasty, without a strong smell. Meat productivity is not precisely established, since in Russia these unusual beauties are kept for the sake of milk. The average yield of meat from the carcass is up to 70%. The following video is about breeding goats on a private farm.

Character

These animals are very affectionate, contactless, love person and become attached to their owners. They can literally walk behind a man. By the way, in the herd of La Mancha they behave very calmly, these goats are beautiful mothers. Kids are very playful and friendly, they are active, love caring and affectionate attitude. According to reviews of breeders, such goats are much calmer and less dorky than representatives of other breeds.

Content

The rather thick, albeit short wool allows these goats to tolerate winters well. Even in the conditions of the harsh Russian winter, they walk well, play and give milk. The main advantages of the content: pets weak smell, very bravely tolerate coolness and poor diet. However, it is still necessary to ensure that their diet was complete in winter. Otherwise, the milk production will be very low.

For the maintenance of this breed will suit the classic barn, goatling, warmed corral. It is necessary to feed pets at least 2 times a day, constantly making sure that they have clean water. Lamanchi love cleanliness, and therefore they themselves almost do not smell, if you take care of the normal sanitary situation of the barn, they will have excellent milk.

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