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Donsrnare a medium-sized goat from theDon river ofrntheLower Volga territory in Russia. They are used for the production ofwool,goatskin, and milk. 

They were discovered in 1933-34 byrnan expedition of the All-Union Institute of Sheep and Goat Husbandry that were studyingrngoats in the former Lower Volga territory. 

They have strong constitution,rngood conformation and adequate undercoat wool on the body, neck and belly. Theirrnhorns are large and variable in shape.

Don goats are predominantly black,rnbut they are sometimes white. Don goats have the highest wool production amongrnall goat breeds. The average wool yield from females is 500 g from bucks it isrn1015g. As is known, in all other cashmere breeds and related varieties thernguard hairs are much longer than the wool fibers. 

Don goats are also good milkers.rnThe average yield in a 5-month lactation period is 130-140 liters. The milk isrnnoted for high fat content - an average of 4.6% (range 3.3-8.2%).  

 Don goats are very prolific. Anrnaverage kidding rate is 145-150 kids per 100 females.
Their goatskin is mainly used forrnlow-grade footwear. The pelt of Don goats slaughtered in autumn has good furrnquality determined by the structure of the fleece (its density and wool fibersrnlonger than guard hairs). They can be used as a basic material in the furrnindustry. 

rnrnrnrnrnrnrnrnrnrnrnrnrnrnrnrnThe major enterprise for Don goat breeding isrnthe collective farm Svetly Put situated in Oktyabr district of Volgogradrnregion. On 1st January 1984, this farm had 6500 goats which were characterizedrnby a high classification, uniformity of production type and wool quality. Woolrnyield from males is 1160 g, maximum 1600 g; from females 560-630 g, maximumrn1500 g. In 1982 the average yield per head was 639 g. The bulk of the herd arerngoats with dark grey wool. Fertility is high: up to 140-150 kids per 100rnfemales. In 1982, the average was 114 kids born for each 100 females; 103 ofrnthem survived weaning. In the same year the farm produced 5,000 kg of highrnquality cashmere.


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