Breed Profile: Valais Blackneck Goat

The Endangered Goat with the Amazing Coat Favored by the Valais Blackneck Goat Breeder

Breed Profile: Valais Blackneck Goat
Add to Favorites Reading Time: 5 minutes Breed: Valais Blackneck is the English translation of local names in German (Walliser Schwarzhalsziege), French (Chèvre col noir du Valais), and Italian (Vallesana dal collo nero). These names refer to their home in the Swiss canton of Valais and their coloring. The breed is also known as Sattelziege or Halsene (saddle goat), Gletschergeiss (glacier goat), or Vispertalerziege (goat of the Visp Valley, where they are most populous). Origin: Believed to be native to the Swiss canton of Valais for thousands of years, their ancestors may have arrived with African or Arab migrants around 930 C.E. Equally, they may be descended from an extinct Italian landrace that once inhabited nearby regions. Indeed, the wide Rhone valley and high alpine mountains that dominate the area share a border with northern Italy. Main location of Valais goat herds in Switzerland and along the border with Italy.

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