by ruchita last modified Jun 30, 2014 01:37 PM

Feb 21, 2013

Berari goats, also known as Lakhi and Gaorani, were registered as a distinct breed by the National Bureau of Animal Genetic Resources in May 2012.


They are found in the Vidarbha region of Maharashtra and in the Nimarregion  of Madhya Pradesh. Berari goats derive their name from the erstwhile ‘Berar’2  region. The population of Berari goats in the Vidarbha region of Maharashtra is estimated to be about 295,408. The breed is primarily raised for meat by local farmers. The coat colour is light to dark tan. Thigh hair, eye brows and nostrils are tan to black in colour. The horns and  ears are flat, leafy and drooping. The head is convex shaped with a slightly roman nose and with light or dark stripes on the lateral sides extending from the base of the horn to the nostril.

Berari goats have a black hair line along the vertebral column extending up to the tail. These goats show good prolificacy, with the litter size ranging from single kids to four kids. Twinning is common. Milk yield for farm reared goats is about 43 kg in a lactation period of 123 days. 

Adult MaleAdult Female
Average Body weight (kg) 38 to 40  30 
Average Body length (cm) 74 to 76  71 
Average Height at withers (cm) 76 to 79  71 
Average Chest girth (cm) 75 to 78  71 



Text Source: NBAGR and Dr. S.V. Kuralkar, Post Graduate Institute of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Akola

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  1. The Nimar region of Madhya Pradesh refers to the Western part of the Narmada River Valley, south of the Vindhyas in the south-west of the state.
  2. Berar was a province of British India  and covered much of present day Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Maharashtra. After India's independence in 1947, the Central Provinces and Berar became a province of India. In 1956, the Central Provinces became part of Madhya Pradesh and the Marathi speaking areas of the Berar and Nagpur divisions, popularly known as the Vidarbha region became part of the Bombay state, which was renamed as Maharashtra in 1960.