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Published online by Cambridge University Press:  01 August 2011

B. G. Pappas
Centre Animal Genetic Improvement, Karditsa, Thessaly, GREECE
J. Boyazoglu
Dept. Animal Production, Faculty of Agriculture, Aristotle University, Thessaloniki, Macedonia, GREECE
Ch. Vasiloudis
Agricultural Development Service, Skopelos, Northern Sporades, GREECE
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In the Northern Sporades islands of the Aegean Sea a goat population isolate exists with an exceptional milk yield potential (225 kg marketed milk from average lactations of 174 days). The prolificacy is 135% and the average adult live weight of the females 56 kg.

While the actual purebred “Skopelos” population is estimated at only 8000 goats, the development of recording and a breed selection programme, combined with a necessary conservation policy, should help preserve the breed and assure its development possibilities.


Dans les îles Sporades du Nord, en Mer Égée, il existe une race de chèvres qui forme un isolat et, qui présente un rendement laitier potentiel exceptionnel (225 kg de lait commercia isé pour une lactation moyenne de 174 jours). I.a prolificité est de 135% et le poids vif des femelles atteint 56 kg.

Bien qu'en fait la population de “Skopelos” de race pure soit estimè à 8000 chèvres le développement du contrôle laitier et un programme de sélection de la race, alliés à une politique nécessaire de protection, devrait aider à préserver la race et à assurer ses possibilités de développement.

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