by ruchita last modified Jun 30, 2014 01:45 PM

Feb 21, 2013

The Sirohi breed is native to the Sirohi district of Rajasthan where its purest form is found. It is now fairly widespread in the neighbouring district of Udaipur and also in the districts of Nagaur and Ajmer.
A few thousands are also found in Karnataka. The breed is also known by other names such as Devgarhi, Parbatsari, and Ajmeri. They are compact medium-sized animals. The colour of the coat is predominantly brown with light or dark brown patches. Very few are completely white. The body is covered fairly densely with hair which is short and coarse. The hair grows at the rate of about 2 cm annually. Ears are flat and leaf like, medium sized and drooping. Both sexes have small horns, curved upward and backward. 

On an average, the birth weight is about 2 kg. The age at first kidding is 19-20 months. Sirohi goats are usually maintained under field grazing, however, stall feeding has also been observed. The breed is a dual purpose breed, reared for both milk and meat.  The milk yield averages about 418 ml a day over a 168 day lactation period. The yield is higher for goats kidding between July and September than in December, due to better fodder availability and more ambient temperatures and also when supplemental feed of concentrate is given.  Lactation is also affected by the number of kids born, being higher when there are single births.  Kidding is usually twice a year, with approximately 40% of the births comprising single kids and 60% twins. According to the 18th Livestock Census 2007, the number of Sirohi goats in the country is 2,909,286.  

Adult Male    Adult Female 
Average Body weight (kg) 42 to 44  35 
Average Body length (cm) 78 to 80  74 
Average Height at withers (cm)     79 to 81  75 
Average Chest girth (cm) 77 to 80  74 


Photo Source: and CSWRI, Avikanagar