Khurasani Goat Breed

Animal Genetic Resources, the Camel, Food Security and the Climate Change

Habitat: The historic great Khurasan, Toba Kakari, Suleiman mountains region of Zhob and Sherani districts, Qillasaifullah, Loralai, Ziarat, Chaghai and Pishin districts are the main niche of the breed. The breed is equally raised by nomadic, semi-nomadic, agro pastoral tribes of Pashtoon people. The Baloch tribes of Chaghai-Kharan desert also raise this breed. The nomads with Khurasani breed move from Khurasan in autumn and may reach to Indus delta and some tribes reach to Chaghai-Kharan desert. The breed is trans-boundary.

Phenotypic characteristics: The phenotypic characteristics of Khurasani breed are black long hair coat, turned back horns and fine second hair coat in winter. The breed is predominantly black in colour with red face but some other colour is also found occasionally. The males have beard also.

Vegetation:Acacia modesta, Caragana ambigua, Bararr, Gurgulla, Sarwane, Showan, Wanna, Barrai, Ghalmi, Shorai, Lani, Azghai, Sassi, Ghaz, Korai, Sperbutai, Oma, Murgha, Tarkha…

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Author: Dr Raziq

I’m PhD in Animal Agriculture, currently working as a Technical Manager at Al Ain Dairy (Camel Farm), Alain, UAE. I had worked as a Professor and Dean, at the Faculty of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Lasbela University of Agriculture, Water and Marine Sciences Pakistan (LUAWMS). I work on and write for the subjects of ‘turning camel from a beast of burden to a sustainable farm animal’, agricultural research policies, extensive livestock production systems, food security under climate change context, and sustainable use of genetic resources for food and agriculture. I’m the founder and head of the Society of Animal, Veterinary and Animal Scientists (SAVES), Founder of the Camel Association of Pakistan and Organizer of the Group Camel4Life. I also work as a freelance scientist working (currently member of steering committee) for Desert Net International (DNI).

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