Khurasani Goat Breed

Camel is, 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

Currently working as Technical Manager Al Ain Dairy Camel Farm, UAE. Before, worked as Prof & Dean Faculty of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Lasbela University of Agriculture, Water and Marine Sciences Pakistan. My thematic areas are; research policy, Turning camel from a beast of burden to a sustainable farm animal, extensive livestock production systems. Author is the founder and head of the Society of Animal, Veterinary and Animal Scientists (SAVES) Founder of the Camel Association​ of Pakistan Organizer of the Group Camel4Life. As a freelance scientist working (as a member of steering committee) for Desert Net International (DNI). My focused area of research is the characterization, documentation, and reporting of the indigenous livestock breeds (AnGR) and effort for recognition of the native genetic resources at policy levels. Thinking of natural resources especially, biodiversity and efforts for their judicial use and conservation in the context of climate change and food security is my dream.

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