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Eastern Cape Xhosa Goat, EC Xhosa, Indigenous Veld Goat

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Category: Meat

Country: South Africa

Home Tract: Originally occurred in the medium to lower rainfall area of the Eastern Cape

Morphological Characters

Body: Medium to large sized, well muscled.

Body Coat: A wide variety of uniform colours, white, black, fawn, brown, and red-brown, pied, speckled and especially dappled and marble patterns, and all combinations of these colours, occur. Most goats have a short, glossy hair coat, and are inclined to grow cashmere in cold winters. Occasionally some individuals are found with longer hair on the lower body and hindquarters.

Face: Long, flat or slightly convex

Ears: Long and droopy (lob ears)

Horns: Long and droopy (lob ears); both sexes are horned. Naturally polled animals rarely occur. Toggles are present in some male and female animals.

Beard: Present in males, and in a small percentage of females. Male beards are large.

Morphometeric characters

Body weight: Adult male: 32 kg, Adult female: 29 kg


  1. Snyman M.A., 2014, “South African goat breeds: Indigenous veld goat,” Info-pack ref. 2014/004. Grootfontein Agricultural Development Institute. [Web Reference]
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