Mehsana Goat Breed Profile:
In this article, the mehsana goat breed profile is explained.
Mehasana Goat Distribution: The Mehsana is a dual purpose breed and is found in the Mehsana, Banaskantha, Gandhinagar and Ahmedabad districts of Gujarat.
The Mehsana is a large sized breed. The colour of the coat is black with white spots at the base of the ear. The Milk yield averages one kg/day. The litter size is mostly single. Average yield of hair per goat per year is 200 grams. According to the 18th Livestock Census 2007, the number of Manasseh goats in the country is 596,843. hair coat is long and coarse. Ears are always white. Both sexes have twisted horns curved upward and backward. The udder is moderately developed having large and conical teats.
Mehsana goat Breed characteristics:
|Adult Male||Adult Female|
|Average Body weight (kg)||36 to 39||33|
|Average Body length (cm)||70 to 72||68|
|Average Height at withers (cm)||79 to 82||74|
|Average Chest girth (cm)||76 to 78||73|
Mehsana Goat Reproduction: In farmers’ flocks: kidding percentage: 69.5 ± 7.1 (23); litter size: singles: 89.7 ± 2.7%; twins: 10.3 ± 2.7% (27).
Mortality : In farmers’ flocks: young: 13.0 ± 0.35% (25); adults: 3.4 ± 1.1% (25).
Breeding: Pure breeding. Males are selected primarily on body size.
Mehsana Goat Performance:
- Milk. Average daily yield: 1.323 ± 0.134 kg (27); average lactation length: 197.2 ± 7.5 days (27).
- Hair. Average yield per year: 210.2 ± 20.4 g (27).