"Goats By Breed - Mehsana"

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  • Distribution: Banaskantha, Mehsana, Gandhi Nagar and Ahmedabad districts of Gujarat.

  • Numbers: The total goat population in the Mehsana distribution area, according to the 1972 census, was 0.736 m, of which 0.030 m adult males and 0.530 m adult females.

  • Climate:

    Average monthly temperature (ºC)




    20.5 11.9-27.4


    34.2 28.7-40.4
    Average monthly relative humidity (%)


    64 47-86


    37 18-69
    Annual rainfall (cm)  

  • Breed Characteristics:

    Adult males

    Adult females

    Body weight 37.14 32.39
    Body length 71.2 68
    Height at withers  80.4 74.3
    Chest girth 76.9 73

  • Conformation: Large animals. The coat is black, with white spots at the base of the ear. Nose line is straight. The hair coat is long and shaggy. Ears are white, leaf-like and drooping; ear length: 15,8 cm . Both sexes have slightly twisted horns, curved upward and backward horn length: 11 cm .The udder is well developed; the teats are large and conical.

  • Flock structure: The average flock contains 54.7 individuals (range: 20 to 300), of which 0.7 adult males, 39.4 adult females and 14.6 young.

  • Reproduction:



    Age at first kidding  
    Kidding interval  
    Service period  
    Kidding percentage (%) 69.5
    Litter size: (%)  
    Singles 89.7
    Twins 10.3

  • Mortality %:

    Pre-weaning 13
    Adults 3.4

  • Breeding: Pure breeding. Males are selected primarily on body size.

  • Performance:


    Lactation yield (Kg)/day 1.32
    Lactation length (days) 197

    Meat (kg.)

    At birth  
    At weaning  
    6 months  
    9 months  
    12 months  

    Hair  (g per year)


    All information and photographs contained here are posted in conjunction and cooperation with Goats in India. For additional information, please visit the Goats in India web site or email Capra@iespana.es.

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