Barbari is a dual-purpose breed of goat. This breed is a promising dairy-type goat that has probably originated in the city of Barbara in the Somali land of East Africa. In India, the breed is distributed in Etawah, Agra, Mathura, and Aligarh of U.P. and also in Rajasthan. It is a dwarf breed highly suited for stall-feeding conditions and hence generally found in the city areas.
Characteristics of Barbari:
- The breed is highly prolific, small in size, and has a compact body.
- Wide variation in coat color, but white with small light brown patches are most common.
- Ears are short, tubular, and erect.
- Both sexes have twisted horns, medium in length and directed upward and backward.
- Bucks have a large thick beard.
- Generally gives birth to twins or triplets.
- Daily milk yield averages about 750 – 1000 ml.
- Average lactation maybe 130 – 200 liters of milk with a lactation period of 150 days.
|Origin||Barbara of Somali land, Africa|
|Commonly found in||Etawah, Agra, Hariyana of India and Pakistan also|
|Coat color||White with fawn spot but sometimes black spot|
|Purpose||Meat and milk|
|Adult male weight||40 – 50 kg|
|Adult female weight||30 – 40 kg|
|Climate tolerance||All climates (well thrive in the arid and semi-arid region)|
|Average Milk yield||750 – 1000 ml/day|
|Horns||Both sexes have twisted horns|
|Kidding||May kid twice in a period of 12 – 15 months|