The Sojat goat breed is one native to India and the Rajasthan area more specifically.
The breed is the result of cross breeding involving another local Indian breed called the Jamunpari. Read about that breed here. https://www.thatsfarming.com/news/going-goats-jamunapariUnlike its relative the Jamunpari breed, the Sojat are terrible milkers and are primarily raised for meat purposes.
The breed is predominantly found in the Sojat, Phalodi, Jodhpur and Pipar regions of Rajasthan, though it is now found throughout India due to the resurgence in popularity of goat meat. Interestingly, the breed is also the most commonly sacrificed as part of religious festivals in the country, such as the Bakri-Eid Festival.
Picture below - Vishwa Agrotech
The Sojat breed is a heavy goat breed, with adult bucks weighing up to 60kgs and does topping in at between 40-50kgs. This is why they are used in the meat production industry.
Although the breed shares very similar physical characteristics to its relative Jamunapari goat, it does not have good milk yields like the breed. They have the same long, drooping ears which are also found on the Jamunapari breed and give the breed their unique look. They also have a long neck and legs.
Their tails are short and thing, while neither bucks or does usually have horns. Bucks are much larger in size than females. Generally, the breed is usually white in colour with spots.
Although does have well developed udders, they do not produce much milk for their young, with an average of 1.5kgs per lactation period.
The most common birth to Sojat does is singles, though twins are also born in 40% of births. Does usually have a kidding every 12-14 months.
Perhaps one of the world’s most unusual looking goat breeds and one of India’s most popular, the Sojat goat.