"Goats By Breed - Jining Grey"

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The Jining Grey of Shandong Province, is noted for the attractive wavy patterns of its kid-pelt, which is the traditional commodity in internatinal markets. Does reased in temperate areas and with abundant feed reach sexual maturity at 3-4 months of age, and may give two kiddings a year, or three kiddings in two years. They are very prolific, with a average kidding rate of 294 percent.

Both sexes are horned and carry a forelock. The color patterns vary between black, white or black and white. They are a small bodied goat with the males weighing approximately 33.2 kg (~75 lbs) and the females 25.4 kg (~56 lbs).

The Jining Grey also has some production of cashmere. The production from the males will range from 50-150 g with cashmere fiber being 18-30 percent of the total fleece. Production in the females is lower, ranging from 25-50 g and cashmere comprizing 16-20 percent of the fleece. The fiber diameter in both sexes averages 13.0 microns.

Cheng. P. (1984) Livestock breeds of China. Animal Production and Health Paper 46 (E, F, S). Publ. by FAO, Rome, 217 pp.

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