Piebald Mochena Goat

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The Piebald Mochena goat is originally from Valle dei Mocheni (also known as the Valle del Fersina), a valley in eastern Trentino in northern Italy inhabited since the end of the 14th century by a population with Bavarian origins. The local goat breed was described as having the current characteristics in the first half of the 20th century. The Mochena breed is widespread in the valley of the same name, in the high plains of Pinè and Upper (Pergine) and Lower Valsugana.It is a good sized goat that typically has hooves slightly larger than other breeds. After kids are weaned, it is milked for a short period of time. The head is of medium length. The horns, almost always present, are tapered and sword-like. The neck is thick. The shoulders are long, connecting to a body that is not very long in relation to the goat’s overall size. The back is relatively straight. The chest is wide and long. The udders are well developed and large at the base. The limbs are strong and robust. In most Mochena goats, the coats are of an uneven piebald or streaked pattern, with a black and white striped pattern or red and white pattern both being rather common. The length of the coat varies, with most goats having long wool. Small cheeses of pure goat’s milk or of goat’s milk mixed with cow’s milk are produced from this breed. A smoked sausage called Kaminwurtz is produced using 60% meat from the Piebald Mochena goat and 40% pork. In 2005, this breed came very close to being lost. Thanks to the Province of Trento, some individual goats were recovered. From these, new Mochena goats could be bred. The Piebald Mochena Goat Association was born in 2009 to promote and maintain the survival of the breed. Today, there are more than 10 breeders with 300 goats registered. The Piebald Mochena Goat Association, a non-profit organization, is responsible for bringing them all together to the pastures in the summer. While, in winter, the association redistributes the goats to the various farmers situated from Rovereto to Trento. In Bedollo in autumn, there is a festival that centers on the Mochena goats. During the event, the best examples of the breed are exhibited in various categories, and the best goats are awarded prizes. Counting also the small number of breeders outside of the Association, about one hundred excellent examples of the breed are consistently presented. The main reason this breed is at risk of extinction is the fact that the Piebald Mochena has only an average milk production, less than many other breeds.Photo: Michele Corti 

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StateItaly
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Trentino Alto Adige

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