Girgentana Goat

Slow Food Presidium

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.

Season

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 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
Producers

Valeria Casuccio
Contrada Realturco
Joppolo Giancaxio (Ag)
Tel. +39 327 2291335
skopeppe@yahoo.it

Mario Lo Presti
Contrada Torre di Monaco
Nicosia (En)
Tel. +39 347 2895606
conan1981@tiscali.it

Montalbo
di Davide Lo Nardo
Contrada Montalbo
Campobello di Licata (Ag)
Tel. +39 334 9898330
info@formaggidicapragirgentana.it

The Presidium also includes the farmers Gaetano Gelo (from Sciacca), Calogero Contino (from Favara), Giovanni Fazio (from Canicattì), Giacomo Gatì (from Campobello di Licata), Illuminato La Greca (from Cammarata) and Salvatore Vassallo (from Licata).
Slow Food Presidium Producers’ Coordinator
Giuseppe Scozzari
Tel.+39 327 2291335
skopeppe@yahoo.it

Slow Food Presidium Coordinator
Ignazio Vassallo
Tel. +39 336 401734
fattoriavassallo@alice.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 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
Producers

Valeria Casuccio
Contrada Realturco
Joppolo Giancaxio (Ag)
Tel. +39 327 2291335
skopeppe@yahoo.it

Mario Lo Presti
Contrada Torre di Monaco
Nicosia (En)
Tel. +39 347 2895606
conan1981@tiscali.it

Montalbo
di Davide Lo Nardo
Contrada Montalbo
Campobello di Licata (Ag)
Tel. +39 334 9898330
info@formaggidicapragirgentana.it

The Presidium also includes the farmers Gaetano Gelo (from Sciacca), Calogero Contino (from Favara), Giovanni Fazio (from Canicattì), Giacomo Gatì (from Campobello di Licata), Illuminato La Greca (from Cammarata) and Salvatore Vassallo (from Licata).
Slow Food Presidium Producers’ Coordinator
Giuseppe Scozzari
Tel.+39 327 2291335
skopeppe@yahoo.it

Slow Food Presidium Coordinator
Ignazio Vassallo
Tel. +39 336 401734
fattoriavassallo@alice.it

Territory

StateItaly
RegionSicily