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Russian WhiternGoats are, unsurprisingly, white goats fromrnRussia. They are dairy goats derived from the selective breeding ofSaanenand Toggenburgrngoatsimported from Switzerland,rncrossed with various native goat breeds of the former USSR.

rnrnHairy goats,rnof the Saanen and Toggenburg breeds, have been imported periodically fromrnSwitzerland and other European countries; these breed undoubtedly contributedrnmuch to the formation of various groups and varieties of goats specialized inrnmilk production. In addition, people in both the European and Asian parts ofrnthe USSR have been raising milk goats for centuries. Separate groups of goatsrnhave formed under the influence of various feeding and management methods, andrnon the basis of different origins. Dairy goats in central and northwesternrnRussia, have strong, dry constitution and a harmonious conformation characteristicrnof the milk type. They have a light and narrow head. The neck is long andrnstraight and the sacrum wide. The udder is big and smooth; quarters arernproportionally developed and teats are wide-set. The legs are strong. Thernpositions of the front and hind limbs is regular. The skeleton is strong. Therncoat is composed of coarse short, or occasionally long, hair, which is usuallyrnwhite. Animals may be hornless or horned. They resemble Saanen goats inrnappearance.

rnrnTypical ofrnthis group are the animals found on private plots in Gorki, Leningrad, Moscowrnand Yaroslavl regions. They are typical milk goats. Live weight of adultrnfemales is 50-60 kg, males 60-75 kg. They average 550 kg of milk per lactationrnand the best animals up to 1,000 kg. Fat content is high - 4.2-5.3%. Milk goatsrnare prolific: 100 females give birth to 190-220 kids. Some goats kid twice arnyear. Cases have been recorded of up to six normal kids at one kidding.

rnrnDairy goats inrnthe North Caucasus, Crimea and Central Asia are somewhat smaller, have hair ofrnvarious colors but are inferior in productivity to the goats of Gorki, Moscow,rnYaroslavl and Leningrad regions. There are goats there which have a woolrnundercoat and, consequently, double utility: they are milked and, in addition,rnyield about 100-150 g of fiber per head. Milk yields per lactation are in thernrange 250-400 kg with a fat content of 3.5-5.5%. The average live weight doesrnnot exceed 40-42 kg.

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