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Farm Animal: Alpine Dairy Goat

SpeciesCapra aegagrus hircus

Color/Pattern: Varies 

Height: 30 inches* 

Weight: 135 pounds*

Region of Origin: France 

With a winning combination of friendliness, adaptability, and high milk production, Alpine goats are tough to beat. The surefootedness that evolved over time on the mountain slopes of France inspired a Frenchman to haul 22 hardy animals to the United States in 1922; today, all members of the breed—now officially recognized in the US—descend directly from those original caprine migrants. The medium to large animals boast a striking range of coat colors and patterns and are known for their spunky individual personalities, boundless curiosity, abundant milk output, and long lactation.

*Height and weight are averages.

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