The Jining Grey goat is a small but hardy breed hailing from the Shandong Province of China.
Raised primarily for cashmere fiber markets as well as pelt production, the Jining Grey is widely sought after as kids for pelt production due to the wavy patterns found on their coats when young. This pelt from Jining grey goat kids is a traditional commodity on International markets.
There is not much information available with regards to the origins of the Jining Grey Goat, but they are one of China’s most popular breeds and are very common.
A small sized goat breed, the Jining Grey goat is also extremely hardy.
An active breed, they are a fast maturing breed with kids reaching maturity as young as 3-4 months old. The breed are primarily raised in temperate regions of their native land, areas with plenty of feed.
Although the name would suggest a completely grey coloured coat, the Jining grey can be found in many variations, some black, white or black and white. Both does and bucks are horned and carry a forelock.
One of the world’s smallest breeds, the Jining grey doe usually reaches on average 25kgs in weight, with bucks topping the scales at an average of 33kgs. Does are extremely prolific, however, with many having two batches of kids per year, or three kiddings in a two-year period.
As mentioned, the breed is primarily raised for cashmere fibre production, with kids raised for pelt production markets. Bucks are capable of producing up to 150grams per fleeces, with 18-30% consisting of cashmere fiber. Does, meanwhile, produce much less with just 25 to 50 grams of fleece and 16 to 20% made up of cashmere fibres. The fiber diameter is usually 13.0 microns in both sexes.
A small but powerful breed, not much is known about the Jining Grey goat of China, one thing is certain, however, it is among the world’s most beautiful.
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