Goat Breeds Northern Areas & Azad Kashmir




Name of breed: Baltistani

Type: Meat/ milk 

Habitat: Baltistan district in Northern Areas 

Colour: Body black with white patches, head black 

Size: Small

 

Name of breed: Baltistani

Type: Meat/ milk

Habitat: Baltistan district in Northern Areas 

Colour: Body black with white patches, head black 

Size: Small 

Average body weight (kg): 25-30 

Average wool yield/annum: 0.8 kg 

General description: Head small, short horns in males/females; 100 litres milk per lactation.

 

Name of breed: Jarakheil

Type: Meat/milk/ hair 

Habitat: Chilas valley in Diamir district in Northern Areas & adjoining parts of Hazara district & Azad Kashmir 

Colour: Black with white patches, but brown with white patches also seen 

Size: Large 

Average body weight (kg): 45-50 

Average wool yield/annum: 1.2 kg 

General description: Well-developed body with long hair; large drooping ears with white patches, large horns; udder & teats remain hidden in their long hair, 135 litres milk in 100-day lactation.

 

Name of breed: Kohai Ghizar

Type: Meat 

Habitat: Found in area along Kohai Ghizar, extending from Gilgit to Yasin & Imit in Northern Areas 

Colour: Generally black with white patches on belly and brown rings around eyes; blue-eyed animals also seen 

Size: Small 

Average body weight (kg): 30-35 

Average wool yield/annum: 1.2 kg 

General description: Head small, ears drooping, males horned while most females polled; tail & teats very small, 70 litres milk in 100 days

 

Name of breed: Piamiri

Type: Meat 

Habitat: Upper Hunza valley near Khunjarab territory in Northern Areas 

Colour: Generally all black, but brown or grey-white patches occasionally seen 

Size: Small 

Average body weight (kg): 30-35 

Average wool yield/annum: 1.2 kg 

General description: Small to medium erect ears, arc like horns in males while females mostly polled; legs short & hairy; teats small, 80 litres milk in 100 days.


Name of breed: Buchi

Type: Meat 

Habitat: Parts of Kotli, Poonch & Muzaffarabad districts in Azad Kashmir 

Colour: Black or grey 

Size: Small 

Average body weight (kg): 20-30 

Average wool yield/annum: 0.8kg 

General description: Massive head, slightly Roman nose, very small ears, hence named ‘Buchi’, males/females horned; udder medium, 90 litres milk in 150 days; 12-15 cm long hair; Buchi bucks crossbred with Labri (long ears) to produce Shurri goats (with medium ears), since long ears get entangled with thorny bushes or injured from frost in winter.

 

Name of breed: Desi (Jattal)

Type: Meat 

Habitat: Mirpur & Kotli districts in Azad Kashmir 

Colour: Black 

Size: Small 

Average body weight (kg): 20-25 

Average wool yield/annum: 0.6 kg 

General description: Slim animals covered with 8-10 cm long hair; head massive, ears medim, hair present on chin, horns spiralled in males & smooth in females; 80 litres milk in 150 days; mostly single births. 

 

Name of breed: Kooti

Type: Meat/ milk 

Habitat: Almut, Kail, & Southern areas in Azad Kashmir 

Colour: Black & white patches on body 

Size: Small 

Average body weight (kg): 15-20

Average wool yield/annum: 0.6 kg

General description: Head & ears small, horns small & spiralled; legs short & stout; 100 litres milk in 150 days; twin births 15%; because of smaller size Kooti goats are gaining popularity.

 

Name of breed: Labri

Type: Meat/milk/ hair

Habitat: Jhelum, Leepa & Neelam valleys of Muzaffarabad district & adjoining areas of Poonch district in Azad Kashmir

Colour: Mostly black, but some with light-grey or brown patches

Size: Medium to large

Average body weight (kg): 40-50

Average wool yield/annum: 1.8 kg

General description: Body covering of 18-20 cm long hair; head large with long ears, chin has hairy growth; males/females have long thick horns; udder & teats adequately developed, 170 litres milk in 150 days; twin births 45%.

 

Name of breed: Shurri

Type: Meat/ milk

Habitat: Jhelum, Leepa & Neelam valleys of Muzaffarabad district & Bagh & Haveli areas of Poonch district in Azad Kashmir

Colour: Solid white, grey, or black; or patched with these colours

Size: Medium

Average body weight (kg): 30-40

Average wool yield/annum: 1 kg

General description: Body covered with 15-18 cm long hair; head & ears medium, males/females horned, hairy growth on chin; legs long and stout, goats at higher altitudes have hairy legs; 135 litres milk in 150 days; twin births 40%.


Key Reference : Mr. Bakhat B. Khan

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