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rnrnMaltesernGoats are dairy goats from the east and central Mediterraneanrnarea. They originated in AsiarnMinor, and they get their name from the island of Malta,rnalthough the officially there are no pure-bred specimens of the breed in the MaltesernislandsrnrnThey are raised mainly in southern Italy, and particularly in thernislands of Sicilyrnand Sardinia. They are also found in Greece, Turkey, and the Maghreb.


rnrnMaltese goats are long-hairedrnwhite goats with a raven-black area on the top and sides of their heads andrnlong pendulous black ears that turn outwards at the tip.


rnrnIn Italy, the Maltese isrnone of the eight autochthonous Italian goat breeds for which a genealogicalrnherdbook is kept by the AssociazionernNazionale della Pastorizia, the Italian nationalrnassociation of sheep- and goat-breeders. The herdbook wasrnestablished in 1976.The Italian population ofrnthe breed was estimated in 1983 to be about 70,000, and in 2005 at 40,000. Atrnthe end of 2013 the registered population reported was 1934.


rnrnMaltese Goats arernvaluable dairy goats. The milk has a pleasantrntaste without an excessively "goaty" odor or flavor. Yield perrnlactation is 242 ± 87 liters for primiparous, 307 ± 141 l for secondiparous, and358 ± 160 lforpluriparous, nannies; it may reach 500–600 kg inrn300 days. The milk has an average of 4.28% fat and 3.66% protein. In Sicily the milk is used to make ricottarnand traditional caprino cheeses including Padduni, which has PAT status,rnand Formaggiu ri crapa.rnrn



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