Barbari Goats: Current Status

Chapter

Abstract

Barbari goats are an integral component of livestock rearing in SAARC countries, i.e., India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Maldives, Myanmar, and Afghanistan, as they supplement livelihood of landless and marginal farmers. They play a vital role in uplifting the socioeconomic status of these farmers. It is a medium-sized, dual-purpose (meat and milk) goat known for its adaptability over a wide range of agro-climatic environments. They have good feed conversion efficiency, reproductive efficiency, high fecundity (twining and tripling), milking performance, produce the choicest meat with high nutritional value and seem to present strong innate resistance against various bacterial and parasitic diseases. These characteristics make Barbari a suitable goat breed for commercial farming as well as rearing in arid and semiarid regions. This chapter addresses all these subjects, emphasizing Indian regions, whereas goat numbers assume a high importance.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Pramila Umaraw
    • 1
  • Akhilesh K. Verma
    • 2
  • Pavan Kumar
    • 3
  1. 1.Indian Veterinary Research InstituteIzatnagarIndia
  2. 2.Institute of Para-Veterinary ScienceDUVASUMathuraIndia
  3. 3.College of Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry GADVASULudhianaIndia

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