About Vallesana Goats
|Photo Licia Rotondi|
Goats are Italian goats that are also known as Col Noir de Valais, Valaisan a col noir, Walliser Schwarzhals,
Schwarzweisse Walliser Sattelziege, Vallesana del collo nero, Vallese, Chevre
des Glaciers, and Valais Blackthroat.
Goats native to the border between South
Novarese (Piedmont) and the Swiss canton of Valais, where they are raised. In
Italy they grow in mountainous areas of the province of Verbania and Vercelli
long, wavy hair and arched, medium length horns. The Valais Blackneck gets its
name from its striking coloration. While the goat's body is white from the
shoulders back, the head and neck and occasionally the front legs are solid
black. The line between the two colors is well defined and impressive. Although
Valais Blackneck Goats will produce about 500 kilograms of milk in a 210-day
lactation, they are more often used for meat production. The carcass is nicely
lean and the muscling is moderately thick.
Photo source: agrarian.org.