Tuesday, June 6, 2017

La Mancha goat

American Lamancha goat

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

LaMancha doe in the show ring

Closeup of a LaMancha doe's head, showing wattles present.
American Lamancha, or more commonly, simply Lamancha or LaMancha, is a formally recognized breed of dairy goat, first bred in Oregon by Mrs. Eula Fay Frey.[1][2] The Lamancha goat is a member of the Capra genus, specifically Capra aegagrus hircus (sometimes called Capra hircus), like all domestic goats.
Lamancha goats are perhaps the most distinctive goat breed;[3] easily recognizable by their very short ear pinnae.[1] They are also known for their high milk production, and the comparatively high butterfat content in their milk.[2] The short-eared American Lamanchas first gained recognition as a distinct breed in the early 1950s,[4] and the breed was registered formally on January 27, 1958[5] as "Lamancha or American Lamancha" goats.[6] Approximately 200 animals were accepted at registration as its original stock.[5] The first true American Lamancha goat registered was named Fay's Ernie, L-1.[5]
The LaMancha goat is the only breed of goat developed in the United States. Although it is interesting folk lore and short eared goats do run throughout history, there is not, nor has there ever been, a breed known as the Spanish LaMancha.[7] The Term "American Lamancha" is an ADGA term which denotes a goat that is mostly Lamancha but has unknown genetics or varied genetics of other purebredgoats.[8]
Pepper and Dina placed by John Wayne
Thank you Margaret for your information.  Two of our goats are visiting her this summer to "mow" her pasture.  I had thought one was an Alpine due to the short twisted ears.  It is a La Mancha:).
These two goats are visiting with Margaret for the summer.
She claas the La Mancha goat Dulcinea and the alpine goat Yodel.  Names easier to remember :)

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