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Published on 14th June 2021 by staff

Charnequeira Goat

Charnequeira Goat

The Charnequeira Goat is an ancient breed of domesticated Portuguese goats. They are primarily red-colored, dual-purpose goats that are primarily raised for both milk and meat. These animals are easy to maintain since they require no specific housing in the farms, and can graze for their own food.

CharacteristicsThe body is of average stature, and is strong, and harmoniously built with sturdy, well-positioned legs; the ears are small and straight, while the tail is short
Coat HairCommonly red, but are available in pied (with a mixture of yellow and/or black) too
HornsMost individuals have horns; the lyre-shaped horns are long, wide and twisted; rarely, some of them come polled (without horns)
UsesMeat production, Milk production
Other Uses: Cheese production, Vegetation management
Popular TraitsLow cost maintenance
HousingNot required
Diet/FeedingGrazing
Lactation Duration270 days
Lifespan/ExpectancyAverage
WeightBuck: 50 kg;
Nanny: 35 kg
(Average adult weight)
Height (size)Buck: 75 cm;
Nanny: 70 cm
(Average adult height at the withers)
AncestorsAlgarvia Goat
Country of OriginPortugal
Breed StatusAcknowledged
Breed Societies and OrganizationsDireccao-Geral de Pecuaria, Largo da Biblioteca Publica, 1, P-1100 Lisboa, Portugal

History and Development

Nothing concrete is known about the age of this breed or its development. It is only known that, this breed originated from the autochthon local breed from Portugal’s Algarvia, known as the Algarvia Goat. Their primary range of distribution is Beira Baixa and Alentejo. Presently, the breed status of this goat has been acknowledged.

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