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Table 3 Characteristics of goat farms and flock demographics

From: Gastrointestinal nematodes of dairy goats, anthelmintic resistance and practices of parasite control in Northern Italy

Location of farm No. farms surveyed Breeding system (% of farms) Pasture (% of farms) Mean flock size  Main breeds Production of cheese (% of farms)
   E* SE° I§   (Does, range)   
Eastern area 51 5.8 1.9 90.2 31.4 84.65 (18–840) Alpine 82.35
Saanen
Orobica
Northern area 10 0 30 50 40 100.85 (21–190) Alpine 70
Frisa Valtellinese
Western area 43 34.8 9.3 55.8 60.5 40.97 (4–156) Alpine 86
Saanen
Nera di Verzasca
Southern area 6 0 0 100 16.6 39.20 (7–93) Alpine 100
  1. * = extensive, goats are free to graze and browse all over the year.
  2. ° = semi-extensive, goats are kept in the fold during winter before the kidding period (January to March) and from March to November they are free to graze and browse.
  3. § = intensive, goats are reared indoor all over the year.