Other common names: Murcian Goat, Murcien Goat, Murciene Goat, Royal Murciana Goat
The Murciana Goat is a dual-purpose breed from southeastern Spain. The Murciana Goat is notable for its short and horizontal ears.
In the 1930's, the Murciana Goat was one of the breeds used to create the LaMancha Goat in the United States.
Appearance / health:
The LaMancha is a medium-to-large-sized milking goat with short, fine, and glossy hair. The head is wide, long, and tapering, with a straight nose. The legs are straight, strong, and wide-set. The male has a full beard. The LaMancha comes in different colors.
What distinguish LaMancha Goats from other goats are its two types of earflaps: the elf ear, which is 2 inches in length, and the gopher ear, which is 1 inch in length with very little cartilage.
Murciana goats - great milk goats and even better pets!
I've owned four goats in total: Wonky (named because of his slightly wonky ears!), Canela (Cinnamon in Spanish), Mimi and Mimi's baby, Cookie.
They belonged to our Spanish neighbour up the road, who called us over to see when her goats had babies. Of course, we instantly fell in love with them, and had to have a few.
The goats were very easy to care for and were content as long as they had enough food and water. We took them on daily walks in the countryside (as is the custom in Spain), which they seemed to enjoy. The female goats were very affectionate and sweet, but the male could be slightly aggresive at times, both with the other goats and with people.
Healthwise, the goats were all pretty healthy. They were keen breeders. Canela sadly passed away giving birth, whereas Mimi was fine and gave birth to another little goat named Cookie.
Both the female goats were good milk goats. Nobody in my family likes goat milk, so we used to milk the goats and give the milk to our elderly Spanish neighbour, who would make us a nice fresh cheese each time! We were told our goats had very good quality milk.
These goats seem to be great pets, as well as having pretty good milk, and a lot of people around here seem to use them for their meat too (although we didn't), so I guess it must be good!.
From emilielouise Aug 14 2014 6:13AM