The Beetal goat breed hails from India and Pakistan, where it is raised mainly for its milk.
They have excellent milk yielding capacities and are considered one of Asia’s top milking breeds. Not only are they used for milk production, but their skin is also sought after for making leather goods.
A large breed, they are usually found to be brown or black in colour, with some white spots on their body. The majority of the breed are black in colour though. They are said to resemble the Jamunapari goat, due to their face shape and nose, and it is thought they might share the same DNA.
The breed have long and flat, drooping ears, while females are horned, which are medium sized. They are great for the dairy industry, due to the udders on females. They have well developed and perfectly shaped teats, making them easy to milk. They have a great milk yield, as mentioned, and can average up to 180litres per day, with a lactation period of 185 days.
On average, a mature Beetal will weigh up to 55kgs, usually 35kgs for females. They first begin to reproduce at two years old and continue to breed at 12month intervals. 52% of any litters are born as twins, while 7% are triplets and 0.5% of all kids born are quadruplets! At birth, kids usually weigh up to 3kgs, while they should reach 22kgs at one year old.
Great milkers and not bad at raising kids either due to their excellent milk. The Beetal may look unique and unusual, but they are the champion dairy breed of Asia.