Goat breeds of the world
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CTA. 1996. Goat breeds of the world. Spore 65. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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Goat breeds of the world by Christian Gall 1996 ISBN 3 8226 1251 4 A joint CTA-Margraf publication available from CTA
Goats have been kept and used by man since time immemorial, but in more modern times there has perhaps been more awareness of their destructive potential rather than of their useful contribution to agricultural production systems worldwide. More recently, however, awareness of the goat's merits has increased. These merits include adaptation to adverse climates, an ability to survive extended periods of drought and to utilize certain poorer pastures better than other livestock, and the advantage of being a small, but efficient producer of meat and milk. This book suggests that improvements to goat production should not be sought by resorting to crossing-breeding native goats with improved breeds, unless the potential of local breeds has been fully explored. It is therefore important to know the local goat populations, their distribution and properties. The book lists goat populations which are described as breeds and for which basic data are available. The data are based on published documentation supplemented by information supplied by livestock authorities in most UN member countries. One hundred and sixty breeds are included, 97 of which are illustrated by photographs. Data are given on conformation, growth, milk and fibre production. There are also 242 bibliographic references. Goat breeds of the world by Christian Gall 1996 ISBN 3 8226 1251 4 A joint CTA-Margraf publication available from CTA