The Murciana goat breed is a domestic dual-purpose breed which hails from the South East of Spain and the Murcia region to be exact, which is where it gets its name.
The breed are used for both meat and milk production and they are often called other names such as the Royal Murciana, the Murcian, or the Murcien. The breed was originally established in Spain in the early 16th century and was introduced into the US by the 1920’s.
A medium sized goat breed, the Murciana used for both meat and milk production.
They are widely known for being excellent milk producers, producing milk which is extremely rich in butterfat. Does can produce up to 600kgs of milk per lactation period, and they have the ability to turn poor quality forage into delicious milk, for which they are well known. Their excellent migrating abilities mean they can travel long distances in search of food.
Such is their ability to convert low quality feed, that they are even suited for grazing on hot and dry pastures of their native Murcia region. They are one of the best dairy breeds to cope with arid conditions and does have extremely well-developed udders (see below picture).
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At full maturity, bucks can weigh anything up to 70kgs, with does topping at 55kgs. The Murciana goat have shorter ears than other breeds, as is their tails. A very prolific breed, they Murciana goat can breed at any time of the year. They are usually mahogany in colour, with a fine coat.
A finely haired, medium-sized and dual-purpose breed hailing from the Sunny regions of Murcia in Spain, the amply named Murciana goat.
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