The Murcia Granada goat is a breed of domestic goat originated in the semi arid areas in south eastern Spain. It is a native breed of Almeria, Alicante, Murcia and Granada.
The breed is also known as Murciano Granadina. Murcia Granada goat is a very good dairy goat breed and mainly kept for milk production.
The breed was introduced to Argentina, Venezuela, Mexico and Brazil some years ago. And these goats have also been exported to north Africa. Today the breed is mainly kept for it’s excellent milk production capability.
Murcia Granada Goat Characteristics
Murcia Granada goat is a medium sized goat breed. They have well-proportioned and sleek bodies. They are solid colored, usually black or mahogany colored. The bucks have longer and stronger hair, but the does have short and thin hair.
Bucks have usually pronounced beard and are horned. The ears of the Murcia Granada goat are of medium size and erect. Their tail is short and erect, and they have sturdy feet. The does have large, well-shaped udders with well-placed teats.
There are two varieties of these goats found; Veguesi and Montana. Montana variety is from mountain areas, and the Veguesi variety is from irrigated and flat land areas.
The Veguesi goat is better milk producer than Montana and is larger in size. The coloration on both varieties is similar.
The Murcia Granada goat is a medium sized animal. Average body weight of the buck is about 50-60 kg, and the does weight about 30-50 kg. Photo from Pinterest.
The Murcia Granada goat is mainly raised for their excellent milk production. But it is also known for meat production. The breed can also be kept as pets mainly because of their calm temperament.
The Murcia Granada goat is a very strong and hardy breed. They are well adapted to the hot and dry conditions of the semi arid areas of south eastern Spain.
The Murcia Granada goats are the most productive domestic animal in that climate mainly because of their ability for maintaining a high milk production under less than ideal conditions. They can graze adverse terrain and feed on the agricultural by products with a very good transformation index.
The does are excellent milk producers with a lactation period of around 210 days. And the does on average produce up to 500 liters of milk per year. The milk of these goats is better than most other dairy goat breeds, containing 5.6 percent fat and 3.6 percent protein.
These goats reproduce quickly. And they don’t have a particular season for breeding. The does can come into heat at any time of the year. And the does usually give birth of two kids per kidding and the kids become mature within their 7 to 8 months of age.
These goats are relatively calm in temperament and also good as pets. Review full breed profile below.
|Other Name||Also known as Murciano Granadina|
|Breed Purpose||Mainly kept for milk production, but also good for meat production.|
|Buck||About 50 to 60 kg|
|Doe||About 30 to 50 kg|
|Climate Tolerance||All Climates|
|Coat Color||Murcia Granada goats are solid colored, usually black or mahogany colored.|
|Good for Stall Fed||Not sure|
|Country of Origin||Spain|