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Toggenburg Goat

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Category: Milch

Country: Switzerland, South Africa

Home Tract: Obertoggenburg in the Swiss Alps.

Morphological Characters

Body: Medium size, sturdy

Body Coat: The colour is solid varying from light fawn to dark chocolate with no preference for any shade. Distinct white markings are as follows: white ears with dark spot in middle; two white stripes down the face from above each eye to the muzzle; hind legs white from hocks to hooves; forelegs white from knees downward with a dark band below knee acceptable; a white triangle on either side of the tail; white spot may be present at root of toggles or in that area if no toggles are present. The hairs are short or medium in length, soft, fine, and lying flat.

Face: Dished or straight, never roman type

Ears: Erect and carried forward

Beard: Bucks are known for a pronounced beard.

Udder: Well developed, not fleshy, and have a soft texture after milking. The udder should be carried high and well under the body. Good udder attachment is particularly important. The teats should be moderately sized, squarely placed and point slightly forward.

Morphometeric characters

Body weight: Adult female: 55 kg

Body height at withers: Adult male: 90 cm, Adult female: 79 cm

Production characteristics

Daily milk production: 2.0 kg

Climatic adaptation: Perform best in cooler conditions and it is reported to be the least suited of the dairy breeds to tropical conditions.

References

  1. Snyman M.A., 2014, “South African goat breeds: Toggenburg goat,” Info-pack ref. 2014/012. Grootfontein Agricultural Development Institute. [Web Reference]
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