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Mbuzi Goat, Nguni Type Goats, Indigenous Veld Goat

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Category: Meat

Country: South Africa

Home Tract: They occur specifically in the higher rainfall area extending from the Ciskei, Transkei, KwaZulu-Natal, Swaziland, Mpumalanga, Northern Province, Botswana, the Caprivi, and extreme northern, high rainfall area of Namibia.

Morphological Characters

Body: Small to medium sized, well proportioned; females are much smaller than the much larger males.

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

Face: Flat or slightly concave, although some males exhibit a slight Roman nose.

Ears: Medium to small and semipendulous, ears have a lateral and slightly forward orientation; some are semi droopy - first pointing laterally and then starting to droop.

Horns: Both sexes are horned; naturally polled animals are found in the breed, but are rare in most areas. Toggles are present in a percentage of male and female animals.

Beard: Present in both sexes, where they are small in females and large in males, where it flows into the longer hair of the neck.

Reproductive parameters

Kidding interval: 8 months

Litter size: 1.47


  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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