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rnrnMurcia-Granada Goats originatedrnin southeast Spain (Murcia, Almeria, Granada, and Alicante). They are raisedrnfor high-performance and for its excellent milk production.


Murcia-Granada Goats are wellrnadapted to the hot and dry conditions of the semiarid areas of southeasternrnSpain. They are the most productive domestic animal in that climate because ofrntheir ability to maintain a high milk production under less than ideal conditions.rnThe Murcia-Granada flocks graze adverse terrain and feed on the by-products ofrnthe agro alimentary industry with a very good transformation index. This breedrnproduces near 500 kg of milk in 280 days of lactation, with a composition ofrnfat (5.3%) and protein (3.4%) better than other breeds in Mediterranean areas.rnMost of milk production in Spain is used for cheese production.


The Murcia-Granada has arnsmall-medium size with a live weight near 30-50 kg for females and 50-60 kg forrnmales. They have uniform black to brown color skin and hair with medium-sizedrnand erect ears. Their tails are short and erect. Males usually have a pronouncedrnbeard and are horned. Females have short and thin hair but males have longerrnand stronger hair.


Two variety are found:rn"Veguesi" from irrigated and flat land, and "Montana" fromrnmountains areas. Veguesi goats are better milk producer than Montana goats andrnare larger. Their coloration is similar on both varieties.

These goats are very goodrnmilk producers, with a Lactation period of around 210 days, often producing 500rnliters of milk annually, with some individuals producing as much as twice that.rnTheir milk has 5.6% fat, and 3.6% protein, which is better than most other goatrnbreeds in Mediterranean Europe. In Spain this milk is primarily used for cheesernproduction. They are also used for meat, especially due to their rapidrndevelopment of the kids. Has improved the growth of Murcia-Granada kidsrncrossing females of this breed with a meat breed (Boer goats).
At the moment, the number ofrnMurcia-Granada in southeast of Spain is about 400,000 animals, with aroundrn150,000 of them in the region of Murcia. Some years ago they were introduced intornArgentina, Brazil, Mexico, Venezuela, and North Africa.



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