"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)

    Average

    Range

    minimum

    20.5 11.9-27.4

    maximum

    34.2 28.7-40.4
    Average monthly relative humidity (%)

    morning

    64 47-86

    evening

    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:

     

    Days

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

  • Mortality %:

    Pre-weaning 13
    Adults 3.4

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

  • Performance:

    Milk

    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)

    210

    Reference:
    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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