Azpi Gorri

The Azpi Gorri is a breed of rare goats that are found in Basque in Spain. With less than 100 animals remaining, it is considered an endangered breed. Nevertheless, these goats are farmed for the meat than for the milk. Business of these goats is successful in the rural areas. The present day breed ‘Azpi Zuri’ is a variant of the Azpi Gorri.

Azpi Gorri
Azpi Gorri

Quick Description

Characteristics Strongly-built body with well-positioned joints and muscled limbs
Coat Hair Medium to short
Wool Color Dark with reddish or brown in the abdominal region, limbs and parts of the head like the cheek
Horn Long, arched at the back
Tail Short, erect
Uses Meat, milk production
Size Medium (baby AG weighing around 12 kg)
Country of Origin Basque
Azpi Gorri Pictures
Azpi Gorri Pictures

History and Development

These goats are indigenous to the Basque region of Spain and are raised throughout the year. This is mainly because, during celebrations of special occasions, there is a prevailing custom of serving meat of young goats, which is the central attraction of the feast.

Between the 1980s and the 1990s, in order to maintain sanitation and to preserve nature, the government of Basque adopted a plan of eliminating all goats. Soon after, the population of these goats significantly diminished. Later, a conservation effort was put into effect as the administration realized the economic importance of this resource.

Azpi Gorri Images
Azpi Gorri Images
Azpi Gorri Baby
Azpi Gorri Baby

Meat

There are only a handful of farmers left that produce this meat. The azpi gorri kids are raised only by feeding mother’s milk and are taken for slaughter when they are about 35 to 40 days old. Walking on the mountainous grounds gives this goat developed joints and muscular fibers, delivering extra taste to the meat. After slaughter, the meat is kept outdoors for about 4 days before it is ready to be consumed.

Azpi Gorri Goats
Azpi Gorri Goats
Azpi Gorri Goat
Azpi Gorri Goat

Interesting Facts

  • In local Basque language, the word ‘azpi gorri’ means “with lower reddish”.

Video: Azpi Gorri Goats Grazing

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