Bundelkhandi Goat : बुंदेलखंडी बकरी
Brief information about Bundelkhandi Goat:
It is native breed of Bundelkhand region spread across Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh.
Bundelkhand region, spread over southern Uttar Pradesh and northern Madhya Pradesh (MP), including 7 districts of U.P. (Jhansi, Banda, Chitrakoot, Mahoba, Hamirpur, Lalitpur and Jalaun) and 6 districts of MP (Sagar, Panna, Damoh, Tikamgarh, Chhhatarpur and Datia).
Bundelkhandi goat is black in colour with medium to large sized cylindrical and compact body, long legs, narrow face, roman type nose, medium horns, long hair on body, black eyelids and muzzle, pendulous ears and bushy tail. The animals are hardy and able to walk long distances, therefore, highly suitable for grazing.
These goats are mainly reared for meat purposes. It is highly adapted for harsh climatic conditions. It can gives twins and some time triplets also.
Out of 2.47 million goats in Bundelkhand region, considerable numbers (about 70%) belong to Bundelkhandi goats which is yet to be recognized as breed. Apart from recording observations from the field , a flock of 120 goats is being maintained at ICAR – IGFRI for characterization and performance recording. Further, application has also been filed for registration of this breed.
Dr. Deepak Upadhyay
Scientist, ICAR-IGFRI, Jhansi
Principal Investigator- AICRP on Bundelkhandi Goat
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