The Rove goat is in its native territory here. Its exceptional hardiness allows it to endure, without flinching, the cold winter and the severity of the summer drought. Another remarkable characteristic is the goat's horns, twisted in the shape of a lyre, and which reach almost four feet in length on some billy goats. Advice for amateur photographers: keep your distance or you risk damaging your material, or getting a nasty blow. Their coat is another surprise. The short, soft hairs are sometimes red, sometimes black, sometimes ash-gray, red speckled with white or grey, black in front, red behind… Regarding the origin of their

Introducing Rove Goats

They wander the Rove Mountains, in the Bouches-du-Rhône region, gobbling up everything under their muzzle like oak, or thistle…

By Chantal Sarrazin July 20, 2011

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presence in the mountains, locals say that the Phoenicians introduced the goats, on board a boat that sank off the coast of Rove. A part of the flock swam to the coast… Locals say that these goats were introduced to the region after the Phoenician ship they were aboard sank off the coast of Rove. They established their presence after swimming to the coast. What’s for sure is that the animal produces a thicker, creamier milk than other breeds. Farmers here turn it, notably, into ‘brousse’, a fresh, soft cheese whose curd is beaten before being drained. Mild, creamy, slightly tangy, it will take you to paradise…

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