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Breeds of Livestock - Savanna

Savanna Goats

Characteristics

Although the real origin of this breed is murky, we've generally attributed it to a ranch in South Africa in 1957; Cilliers and Sons, near the Vaal River.

The Savanna goat is a large framed, well-muscled breed primarily used for meat. They typically have white coats, as that coat allele is dominant over the others. However, their skin, horns, and hooves have black pigmentation, to protect from the sun.

Savanna goats have good reproductive traits: high fertility, mothering ability, and milk production, a high twinning rate, and their kids have a good growth rate.

Savanna goats are relatively new to the United States, only being imported in the late 1990s.

References:

http://articles.extension.org/pages/19384/goat-breeds-savanna

 

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