La Mancha Goats

Origin

LaMancha goats are thought to have originated in Spain, but were not recognized as a breed of its own until a woman named Mrs. Eula Fay Frey from  began selectively breeding her goats to achieve their distinctive short ears.  In 1958 they became recognized as a distinct breed of American dairy goat.  They are the only goat breed to have been developed in the United States. 

Click the link below to read Mrs. Eula Fay Frey's article and learn more about the history of this breed.

"How American LaManchas Came In To Being"

LaMancha Milk Production

Their ADGA (American Dairy Goat Association) averages: 2100 lbs / lactation with 4% fat and 3.2% protein.

One of the advantages to this goat breed is that they can be milked for two years without being freshened.  

Appearance and Build

The face should be straight; the body tends to be more short and stout than other dairy goat breeds. Does should stand at least 28 inches at the withers and weigh at least 130 pounds; bucks should be at least 30 inches at the withers and weigh at least 155 pounds.  Any colour or combination of colours is acceptable with no preferences.  The hair is short, fine, and glossy. 

They distinguish themselves from other goats by their ears, which are found in two types: 

  1. The Gopher Ear
    The gopher ear is approximately one inch long, but preferably nonexistent, and with very little to no cartilage.  The end of the ear must be turned up or down.  This is the only type of ear which will make LaMancha bucks eligible for registration. 
  2. The Elf Ear
    The elf ear has an approximate length of two inches.  The end of the ear must be turned up or turned down, and cartilage shaping the small ear is allowed.  

Their peculiar ears may need special attention, particularly so if they are housed outdoors, as they can trap moisture or debris, which requires cleaning. 

References:

http://articles.extension.org/pages/19274/goat-breeds-lamancha

http://www.ansi.okstate.edu/breeds/goats/lamancha/index.html/

http://thegoatguide.com/breeds-of-goats/l/lamancha-goats/

http://www.wideopenpets.com/everything-you-need-to-know-about-the-lamancha-goat/

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