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Best known for their distinctive ears, the American Lamancha goat (simply known as Lamancha) is the only breed of goat developed in the United States. First bred in Oregon by Mrs. Eula Fay Frey, these short-eared goats are descendants of a Spanish goat known by the similar name of La Mancha.
Mrs. Eula Fay Frey didn't set out to develop a new species of goat with distinctive breed characteristics. She simply noticed that two goats in her herd had unusually short ears compared to the rest. After doing some research, she discovered their Spanish origins and her interest was piqued. She introduced a few more Spanish LaMancha goats into her herd and began selectively breeding them to achieve the desired short Lamancha ears. By the 1950s, the Lamancha was recognized as a distinct breed of American dairy goat and formally registered in 1958 to the dair goat association.
The Lamancha goat can thrive in any condition; harsh conditions leave little impact on their milk production. As a dairy goat, they are known for their high milk production, excellent dairy temperament, and their milk's relatively high butterfat content. They are an all-around sturdy animal and can make a good addition to your farm.
If you're looking to purchase your own Lamancha goat, the American Lamancha Association has a list of registered members and breeders available on their website.
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Lamancha goats can vary greatly in size, but tend to be more short and stout that other diary goat breeds. Does (females) should stand at least 28 inches at the withers and weigh at least 130 pounds whereas bucks (males) should be at least 30 inches at the withers and weigh at least 155 pounds.
The Lamancha goat’s hair should be short, fine, and glossy. Any color combination, pattern, and markings are acceptable.
The head of the Lamancha goat is straight or slightly concave, with distinctive short ears. The two ear types seen on Lamancha goats are Gopher (maximum length of one inch with little or no cartilage) and Elf (maximum length of two inches with a small amount of cartilage).
Lamancha goats have calm, friendly personalities and are quick learners, which make them great cart or pack goats.
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