Girgentana Goat

Italy

Sicily

Breeds and animal husbandry

Milk and milk products

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Girgentana Goat

This breed is named after the town of Girgenti (modern-day Agrigento). Its long, spiraling horns, reaching up to 70 centimeters on the males, make it unmistakable. With its horns and white coat, it resembles wild Asian goats, and its origins, according to some, can be traced back to the goats of Tibet. The breed was probably brought to Sicily by the Arabs, who invaded in 827. From Mazara, they spread around the island, travelling with their animals, and the goats became established in the southwest of Sicily. Their milk is renowned for its excellent balance between fat and protein.

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Available year-round.

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In the 1920s and ’30s, farmers would sell milk by going from home to home with their flocks of Girgentana goats, milking them on the spot. Hygiene regulations and the spread of heat-treated milk (UHT and pasteurized) led to a steep decline in the breed’s numbers. While there were 30,000 in the 1950s, now there are just over 500. The Presidium has united the last remaining farmers and wants to promote the production of raw-milk cheeses, boosting the farmers’ pride and income as well as increasing the number of Girgentana goats being farmed.

Production area
Agrigento Province

Presidium supported by
Sicilian Region’s Agriculture and Forestry Department
They breed and feed cheeses with raw goat's milk from girgentana. The Presidium cheeses are a fresh robiola and a semi-seasoned caciotta.

Valeria Casuccio
Joppolo Giancaxio (Ag)
Contrada Realturco
Tel. 327 2291335
skopeppe@yahoo.it

Mario Lo Presti
Nicosia(En)
Contrada Torre di Monaco
tel. 347 2895606
conan1981@tiscali.it

Montalbo
di Davide Lo Nardo
Campobello Di Licata (Ag)
contrada Montalbo
tel. 334 9898330
info@formaggidicapragirgentana.it

Fattoria Vassallo
di Salvatore Vassallo
Licata (Ag)
Contrada Volpara
tel. 393 1220007
fattoriavassallo@alice.it


Allevatori:

Avige
di Gaetano Gelo
Sciacca (Ag)
Località San Calogero
tel. 348 424873

Calogero Contino
Favara (Ag)
via Aldo Moro, 99
tel. 389 1673386
continoristorazione@libero.it

Giovanni Fazio
Canicattì (Ag)
via dei Bancari, 18
tel. 347 7830193
daniloaugello@libero.it

Giacomo Gatì
Campobello di Licata (Ag)
Contrada Montalbo
tel. 339 2015195
giagati@libero.it





Slow Food Presidium Producers’ Coordinator
Giuseppe Scozzari
tel.327 2291335
skopeppe@yahoo.it

Slow Food Presidium Coordinator
Ignazio Vassallo
Tel. +39 0922 878688
soat.campobellodilicata@regione.sicilia.it
In the 1920s and ’30s, farmers would sell milk by going from home to home with their flocks of Girgentana goats, milking them on the spot. Hygiene regulations and the spread of heat-treated milk (UHT and pasteurized) led to a steep decline in the breed’s numbers. While there were 30,000 in the 1950s, now there are just over 500. The Presidium has united the last remaining farmers and wants to promote the production of raw-milk cheeses, boosting the farmers’ pride and income as well as increasing the number of Girgentana goats being farmed.

Production area
Agrigento Province

Presidium supported by
Sicilian Region’s Agriculture and Forestry Department
They breed and feed cheeses with raw goat's milk from girgentana. The Presidium cheeses are a fresh robiola and a semi-seasoned caciotta.

Valeria Casuccio
Joppolo Giancaxio (Ag)
Contrada Realturco
Tel. 327 2291335
skopeppe@yahoo.it

Mario Lo Presti
Nicosia(En)
Contrada Torre di Monaco
tel. 347 2895606
conan1981@tiscali.it

Montalbo
di Davide Lo Nardo
Campobello Di Licata (Ag)
contrada Montalbo
tel. 334 9898330
info@formaggidicapragirgentana.it

Fattoria Vassallo
di Salvatore Vassallo
Licata (Ag)
Contrada Volpara
tel. 393 1220007
fattoriavassallo@alice.it


Allevatori:

Avige
di Gaetano Gelo
Sciacca (Ag)
Località San Calogero
tel. 348 424873

Calogero Contino
Favara (Ag)
via Aldo Moro, 99
tel. 389 1673386
continoristorazione@libero.it

Giovanni Fazio
Canicattì (Ag)
via dei Bancari, 18
tel. 347 7830193
daniloaugello@libero.it

Giacomo Gatì
Campobello di Licata (Ag)
Contrada Montalbo
tel. 339 2015195
giagati@libero.it





Slow Food Presidium Producers’ Coordinator
Giuseppe Scozzari
tel.327 2291335
skopeppe@yahoo.it

Slow Food Presidium Coordinator
Ignazio Vassallo
Tel. +39 0922 878688
soat.campobellodilicata@regione.sicilia.it

Territory

StateItaly
RegionSicily