British Alpine – Goat Breed
The British Alpine goat breed originated in Britain. It was a hybrid of imported Alpine Goats from Switzerland with the local goats. This breed was started around 1903 and is still going strong. The breed was imported to Australia in 1958. The number of these animals that was originally imported was limited due to the strict quarantine regulations. It was only during this decade that more were imported into Australia from New Zealand. These animals were unfortunately bred from the same group of animals as those originally imported into Australia. This means that the gene pool is very limited and can lead to weaker animals. Many breeders use Toggenburg and Saanen goats to try and improve the lines of this breed in Australia.
The British Alpine goat breed is often used as a dairy animal as they are medium to heavy producers with a fat yield of 3 to 4 percent. These goats prefer more temperate climates and don’t do well in places where there is high humidity. They have a wedge shaped body and a straight facial line or a dished look. The muzzle is usually squarish. They are very graceful and on average measure around 83cm at the withers for the does and 95cm for the bucks. Their markings are similar to the Toggenburg while their structure is more closely aligned to the Saanen. The coat is usually fine and glossy with short hair but some bucks may possibly have longer hair. They are usually black with cream or white markings on their body. As they age, the markings may fade. Tassels and horns are sometimes present at birth but not always. The ears point slightly forward in some animals but are generally erect. They are also really good foragers but are brilliant jumpers, so you need to be aware of this when creating their r pen. They are independent animals but tend to stick to their own breed in a mixed herd.
These are nice looking goats and great for a dairy herd. They are not that cute and cuddly and prefer being left to do their own thing. They do well in moderate to colder climates. Not recommended for high heat and high humidity areas unless they are kept in a temperature controlled area.
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