"Goats By Breed - Barbari"

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  • Distribution: district of Rajasthan, Etah, Agra and Aligarh districts of Uttar Pradesh, and Bharatpur.
  • Numbers: The total goat population in the Barbari distribution area, according to the 1972 census, was 0,444 m, of which 0,028 m adult males and 0,270 m adult females. Officials of the State Animal Husbandry Department state that Barbari goats true to breed number only about 30000. The breed, quite important for milk and meat, is a dwarf breed highly suited for rearing under restrained and stall-feeding conditions. In addition to being a good milkier, it is highly prolific. Considering the number of animals reported, there is serious need for undertaking conservation measures. It was observed in personal surveys that most males are castrated early in life and fattened for slaughter at religious festivals, and that a sizeable number of non-descript goats are kept for milk production by owners who maintain Barbaris, as all the milk of the latter is allowed to be suckled by their kids to ensure good growth.
  • Climate:

    Average monthly temperature (ºC)




    18.8 7.5-28.8


    32.3 22.2-41.7
    Average monthly relative humidity (%)


    62 33.3-83


    43.6 20-74
    Annual rainfall (cm) 77.0

  • Breed Characteristics:

    Adult males

    Adult females

    Body weight 37.85 22.56
    Body length 70.45 58.68
    Height at withers  70.67 56.18
    Chest girth 75.53 64.31

  • Conformation: Small animals, with compact body. The orbital bone is quite prominent, so that eyes appear bulging. There is wide variation in coat color, but white with small light brown patches ,is the most typical. Ears are short, tubular, almost double) with the slit opening in front, erect, directed upward and outward. Both sexes have twisted horns, medium in length and directed upward and backward; horn length: 11.17 cm. Bucks have a large thick beard.
  • Flock structure: The average flock contains 9.25 individuals (2 to 31 ), of which 0.6 adult males, 5.3 adult females and 3.4 young.
  • Management and feeding: Stationary. Mostly maintained on browsing and grazing stubble of cultivated crops and tree leaves. Cultivated fodders (e.g. berseem, wheat straw) and grains (e.g. maize, barley, millets) are commonly offered. The animals are generally housed in thatched sheds inside the house. Most males are castrated at ages between 7 to 30 days by the open method, with a blade, and are fattened on milk for slaughter on festive occasions.
  • Reproduction:



    Age at first kidding 648
    Kidding interval 348
    Service period 70
    Kidding percentage (%) 70.2
    Litter size: (%)  
    Singles 49.64
    Twins 49.32
    Triplets 1.04

  • Mortality %:

    Pre-weaning 0.87
    Adults 0.19

  • Performance:


    Lactation yield (Kg) 107.120
    Lactation length (days) 150.13

    Meat (kg.)

    At birth 1.739
    At weaning 6.661
    6 months 7.800
    9 months 12.566
    12 months 14.517

    Hair  (g per year)


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