by ruchita last modified Jun 30, 2014 02:01 PM

Feb 21, 2013

The native tract of the Marwari goat breed is western Rajasthan – the districts of Barmer, Jaisalmer, Bikaner, Jodhpur, Jalore, Pali and Nagaur. This is a dual purpose breed, reared for both mutton and milk, and is well adapted to the harsh environment of the Thar desert.


The Marwari goat is a medium sized animal, predominantly black in colour. The hair covering is lustrous and The tail is small and thin. The udders are fairly well developed but small and round with small teats placed laterally. The milk yield varies from 0.5 to 1 kg when reared on grazing and from 2 to 3 kg under stall fed conditions. Kidding is primarily single births, with a twinning percentage of around 10%, which increases when the goats are kept under stall fed conditions and given supplementary feed. According to the 18th Livestock Census 2007, the number of Marwari goats in the country is 7,574,632. prominent and grows at the rate of about 10-12 cm annually. The thick hair protects the animal from the extremes of temperature found in this region. The hair is used to weave traditional harnesses for camels, and also carpets and bags, the latter used by potters. The male has a thick beard. The ears are small and flat, carried on a small head. Both sexes have short pointed horns, directed upward and backward.   

Adult Male   Adult Female   
Average Body weight (kg) 39 to 42  32 
Average Body length (cm) 76  68 
Average Height at withers (cm) 76  73 
Average Chest girth (cm)              
76  73 




Text Source: NBAGR

Photo Source: CSWRI, Avikanagar