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Barbari Goat

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If we start making Kadaknath keeping as a business, then it does not give any returns until 6 months of age. The cost of young chicks over 100 rupees so if you purchase 100 chicks then it will cost 100×100=10,000 rupees this plus rearing cost and housing will cost you above 50,000 rupees, till it starts giving returns in form of eggs. However, if we introduce Barbari Goat keeping with this then returns are immediate in the form of milk. If we keep 5 adult goat then it will cost about 40,000 and its feeding and rearing is not so costly, with a daily return in form of sale from milk and the growing kids will be a source of earning. So it is a good idea to introduce goat with Kadaknath. I am writing about Barbari goat because farmers have already asked me that whether they can couple Kadaknath keeping with goat keeping. To my mind, Barbari goat in northern India is the most suitable goat for early returns.

Barbari Goat
Barbari Goat Kids

Why only Barbari goat?

  • The Barbari goat is a small size goat weight is about 30-35 kg female, 40 kg male.
  • There are many breeds of goat but broadly you can divide it into two. The big goat weighing over 60kg and the Barbari goat which is weighing over 30 kg.
  • Because of its size, its housing is easy. The bigger goat requires 30 square feet of area whereas the Barbari goat requires 15 square feet of area.
  • The Barbari goat is a prolific breeder it gives 4 kids in one year time. Thus its multiplication rate is 1:4, other goats multiplied with a rate of 1:2.5
  • These goats mature, within a year and that is in 11 to 10 months of age.
  • Its lactation length is equal to lactation length of Sirohi goat that is 100 days.
  • Barbari goat gives daily 1 kg of milk. Whereas Sirohi also gives 1kg per day.
  • The Sirohi goat matures in 18 months of time and it gives only one kid per year.

Barbari goat is suitable in between Ganga and Yamuna it needs green plants, to browse and need some humidity also. The Sirohi goat is native of Ajmer and it does not tolerate high humidity and wet climate. Whereas the Barbari goat can live in moderately humid climate. Barbari goat is a native of Mathura, Aligarh, and Kashganj District and it is also found in Mathura, Agra, Manpuri, and upto Allahabad Junction of Ganga and Yamuna.

Barbari goat is completely stall-fed it does not need browsing. Sirohi goat can also be maintained install feeding it loves browsing in the wild. Goats are sold 300 rupees per kg, So 30 kg Barbari goat will cost 9,000 whereas 60 kg Sirohi goat will cost around 18,000, so the initial investment in Barbari goat is low.

In northern India, this Sirohi and Barbari goat are suitable for every type of climate otherwise other breeds of goat-like Jamuna Pari and Beagle are homesick they cannot be shifted from their native place. Barbari goat does not thrive well in a cold and humid climate, so it’s true for the Sirohi goats. In the Tarai region of Uttar Pradesh Barbari goat in winter does not survive.

Characteristics & Full Breed Information of Barbari Goat

Barbari Goat
Barbari goat with her kid

Barbari goat is a small sized meat goat breed mostly found in the north-western arid and semi-arid regions of India. It is one of the 23 registered goat breeds in India and is found in Agra, Etah, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat and Bharatpur district of Rajasthan. As well as in Jhelum and Sargodha districts in Punjab Province, Pakistan. Basically, the Barbari goat originated in Berbera, Somalia of East Africa. Probably this breed derives its name from its origin place Berbera. The way of Barbari goat and it’s a migration to India is unknown. But probably the traders of the medieval period might have brought them to India through sea and land routes during their business entourage. Agra, Etah and Etawah are the breeding tract of Barbari goat in India. Today the breed is well adapted for Indian conditions and gaining popularity as meat goats.

Physical Characteristics of Barbari Goat

Barbari Goat
Male Barbari Goat
Barbari Goat
Female Barbari Goat

Barbari goat has unique characteristics. It’s a pretty small animal with a medium sized compact body. They are alert and attractive. And have bulging eyes, because of their quite prominent orbital bone. Their ears are short, tubular, almost double, with the slit opening in front, erect, directed upward and outward. Bucks have a large thick beard. Barbari does have well-set udder with conical teats. Both bucks and does have twisted horns, which are directed upward and backwards and are medium in length. Barbari goat has a wide variation in coat colour. But usually white with small light brown patches is the most common colour. On an average, adult barbari bucks weight about 37.85 kg and does about 22.56 kg.


Barbari goat is raised mainly as a meat goat breed. But it is also pretty good at milking. This goat breed is very suitable for commercial meat goat farming business.

Special considerations

Barbari goats are well known for their good meat qualities and also for triple kidding. Both bucks and does mature early and are resistant to common goat diseases. Barbari goat has a good feed to meat conversion ratio. It is highly suited for rearing under restrained and stall-fed systems. Along with being good milk producers, the barbari goats are also a good milker and is highly prolific. In most cases, the males are castrated at a very early age, when they are raised for commercial meat production. Review full breed profile of barbari goat in the chart below.

Barbari Goat Profile

Breed name
Other name
Breed purpose
Breed size
Climate tolerance

Good for stall fed

Mainly raised for meat production

About 37.85 kg.
About 22.56 kg.
Different colour variations. But white will small light brown patches is the most common.


They are from Barbara in Somalia. They are thriving well in Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Punjab. As this breed is stall fed it can raised in tropics and subtropic region. At 20°C temperature and 69% humidity they do well.

They produce 100-liter milk in 150-day lactation they are hardy and disease resistant. Their kid is allowed to suck milk 5 times a day. The kids require 10 to  20 % milk of their body weight. So for two kids milk produced by doe is sufficient. The milk of doe increase as the lactation process. It is at peak at 30 to 40 day after kidding. You can keep the kids on mother milk till they are weaned. After 3 month of age the Rumen has developed so they will start feeding on forage the leaves and hay.

The goat is first to be domesticated. The domestication goats started before 12,000 BC when the man was leading a nomadic life. The coat followed man where ever he went in food and shelter to avoid the harsh climatic condition. Thus a variety of goats are found all over the world. You can find a goat in no bound area to hot desert area. Human and goats have been migrating in these area in search of food and avoiding harsh climatic conditions.but a goat surviving in the temperate region will not survive in tropical region. They are  home sick.

 The goat are very susceptible to to internal parasite the parasite are shed in their faces and if the feces are left in hot desert or in snow they die out and the goat thus survive. The same is true for the disease. The goat in temperate zone are susceptible to to tropical disease and vice versa. The whole physiology of temperate goat and the tropical goat is so different that they fail to grow and reproduce once they are shifted from the temperate zone to tropical zone or from the tropical zone to temperate zones.

the temperate zone has milk goat  and the tropical goat has the meat goat. The length of year is indication of the area of goat. The tropical goat has log years (jamunapari) because the blood circulation in in year has helps in dissipation of heat . The temperate goat has short years(sannan or alpine) this conserves heat. The metabolic rate of tropical goat is low so its milk production is not possible it is meat type goat like Sirhoi goat in sots India in hot climate most of goat are meat type. The big meat goat produce milk but it is hardly 2 kg and lactation length is 90 days,. Whereas this goat though small in size but produces over 6 kg milk per day it is kid once a year and the lactation length is long 250  days. The dairy goat is stall fed whereas the meat goat of tropical area is grazing type. But the meat goat of tropic and sub tropical area the Barbari is  stall fed. So it can be raised on the hydroponic grow fodder with in urban area with out land and use of fertilizers. The details of hydroponic and growing other fodder crop is giving below.


Reproduction in Barbari Goat

Barbari goat is prolific breeder they breed very fast. This goat mature at months of age and start exhibiting heat or estrus. The estrus length is 21 days they are poly cyclic. So in a breeding season, they come in estrus sometimes the first heat should be skipped. At first heat after puberty or after  kidding they should not be mated. It is  futile heat.  Once served or mated they fall pregnant and after 150 days or 5 months there is kidding. The lactation length is 159 days and in lactation, they give 100 kg of milk.

Housing of Barbari Goat      

Barbari goat is half of the size of a big goat. Big goat male weigh 100 kg and need 30 square area where the Barbari goat need only 15 square feet and coverage area and the rest open faced ahead, the length of the shed should be east-west. If you are starting with 5 pregnant goats then you need 15×5=75 square feet land. If you extend the farm then accordingly you can extend the goat farm.

The raised area is for the stall feeding and for confining goats in adverse climatic condition. The floor for the goat in raised area is slatted so the fecal matter will fall down. And the goats will be free from internal parasites. Above all the goat will be protected from rains and water lodging on ground.

Barbari Goat
Housing of The Goat
Barbari Goat
Housing for the Barbari goat

The climate variables like temperature humidity and rain fall at Mathura Uttar Pradesh is shown below.

All Year Climate & Weather Averages in Mathura
Source: www.timeanddate.com

Once kids are born they can be housed separately. What we suggest is that these kids be housed in dog cages for better feeding and care. Once the buck is purchased it housed separately. The buck will be purchased 2 month after the kidding. It should be housed in 10 square house. If you are not purchasing pregnant does and purchasing the 9 month old female then they can be housed in the same house. There should be a feed store, medicine room, and place for an office.

The goat should be protected from rain and excessive heat and cold. They like dry place with  20°C to 35°C. They are well suited for stall feeding. Rains with wind make sick. High humidity will make them sick so in July and August month you need extra care.

Feeding of Barbari goat

As mentioned in title these goats can be raised hydro phonic fodder so the concentrate feeding will be less. Only in growth, pregnancy, and lactation, you need to feed 200 to 300 gm of feed. The composition of feed is given in the table.

CompositionQuantity in %
Soya bean or Cotton seed20%
Wheat bran (Choker)8%
Mineral mixture2%
Barbari goat do not eat feed from ground, so the feeding should be given like this

Place salt lick and fresh water, in winters, give warm water. Do not feed excessive grains it will cause acidity and indigestion and can cause death. The kids should be given colostrum just after birth. Kid need  milk 10 to 20% of their body weight  per day do not over feed.

Goat vaccination

In vaccinating the goat we inject the killed microorganism or weak organism in a healthy goat. It takes 3 week or 21 days to develop antibodies  (a protein molecule to kill the kill the disease-causing microorganism, of which killed or weak organism has been injected) the killed or week organism elicits or evokes a particular gene to produce protein the antibody. The young goat till one month has no capability to produce antibody and antibodies are secreted in first milk then colostrum provided the mother is vaccinated. So insure the pregnancy vaccination.

If the mother is vaccinated  then you can vaccinate the the kid at 2 month age otherwise vaccinate at 1 month of age. The best thing is that you can purchase goats from the authentic source. But the FMD vaccination is need to be done 4 times a year this is Indian immunological recommendation follow the recommendation given on  the particular vaccine. In case of the PPR vaccine you need to give once in 3 years. HS and BQ  vaccine is given once in a year. There are combined HS,BQ and FMD vaccine never use that because you can not vaccinate a goat before the due date. Keep the proper record of vaccinated goat. The list of vaccination is given below. Do not vaccinate in early pregnancy or at service or breeding.

Vaccine NameAgeDuration
Anthrax6 MonthsYearly
HS6 MonthsYearly
PPR3 MonthsAfter 3 Years
FMD8 WeeksFour times in a Year
POX4 WeeksYearly
CCPP4 WeeksYearly
Enterotoximia4 WeeksYearly

HS – Hemorrhagic Septicemia
BQ – Black Quarter
FMD – Foot and Mouth Diseases
CCPP – Contagiopus Caprine Pleuropneumoniae
PPR – Peste des Petits Ruminants

All the goat should be tagged with the identification number and the record should be maintained. If goat are purchased from authentic farm then take vaccination record. You can not vaccinate the vaccinated goat before the due date because it will have adverse affect on their  immunity .for example the ppr vaccination is done every 3 year and if you do it after a year then the antibodies already in blood will react with the the antigen, that is organism and will be destroyed thus the out break of the disease. So follow the due date. If vaccination is delayed then it will  cause no harm. HS, BQ and FMD vaccine is combined and for first time the combined vaccination would be done but the FMD vaccination scheduled after six month so follow that. The BQ and HS vaccination be done yearly.

The FMD, PPR and Pox are viral disease, so no antibiotic is effective but the bacterial disease like HS, BQ and anthrax can be treated by antibiotic.

De-worming of goat

Goats are very susceptible to parasite the grazing goat shed feces out side  along with the grazing route but the stall fed Barbari goat should house them at height on slatted floor. This will save from infection. The lung, stomach and intestinal worm need femindazole (panacur) in pregnancy the kid every month and in adult every 3 month specially before and after rain. For fluke the liver worm and tape worm give albendazole. For external parasite in shed use but-ox. And for external parasite on goat use tactic. Consult your veterinarian. Get the fecal sample examined.

Internal parasite like lung, stomach, intestinal worm has life cycle of  21 days. That is to say that they lay thousands of eggs which hatch in 21 days. The de-wormer given kills only the adult worms not the eggs. So give de-wormer once then after 21 days then after 6 month. some de-wormer like Ivermectin remain active for 28 days so it is given in every six months.

The goats on slatted floor suffer less of parasite. In snow covered area and the hot desert at 45°C kills parasites. The grazing goat suffer more of parasite than stall fed goat. The kid die of stomach worms so they should be de-wormed every month. I am giving the common de-wormer.

Vaccine NameDoseDurationAffacted body part
Femindazol5 mg3 MonthsLungs, Tape, Stomach and Intestinal Tract
Oxyclozanide15 mg6 MonthsLiver
Ivermactin1 ml/25kgEvery 6 monthsExternal body

For external parasite the application of Butox should be done every 14 days in shed 4 ml/liter. For animal body every week Taktic 4 ml/liter for four weeks. Get the fecal sample examined by veterinarian.

Enterotoximia in goat

Also known as pulpy kidney disease caused by Clostridium perfringens typ D this is caused by over eating.

Symptoms of Enterotoximia

  •  Excessive vocalization
  • Depression
  • Teeth grinding
  • Convulsing
  • Abdominal pain
  • Lyinginging on ground


  • B1 injection
  • Penicillin
  • Treatment for blot
  • Treatment for abdominal pain

Its its vaccine is combined with tit anus vaccine. To save kid vaccinate pregnant doe one month before parturition.

Peste des petits ruminants (PPR)

It is a viral contagious disease it causes great loss vaccination is effective for 3 years. Do not vaccinate before 3 years. About vaccination verify before purchase. Keep record of vaccination symptoms.

  • Depression
  • Fever discharge from mouth, nose, eyes  and sore mouth  coughing and  diarrhea  and death

FMD or Foot and Mouth Disease

  • Fever sore throat blister in mouth sore soul
  • Irritability in infants
  • Abortion if exist for a week
  • Treatment is symptomatic

Purchase of goat

Make it a point to open a breeder farm for Barbari goat. So purchase the best goat from the reputed farm. Barbari goat is a small goat male weighs 35 and female 25 kg. Roughly they cost 350 rs/kg so 40 kg animal will cost 40×350=14000 rupees, so for a unit of 5 goats it will cost 40,000. Purchase goat in February month when the temperature is rising. Do not purchase goat in rains and in cold month do not purchase so many goat at a time.

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